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its tremendous growth, over nearly four decades, reflects our community’s continued desire for a healthy, active and family oriented lifestyle.

Trending Fitness The Club has always had the ability to keep

pace and stay in tune with current trends. By the early eighties, when Olivia Newton John’s “Let’s Get Physical” was number one on the bill- board charts, ORC ‘s newly installed aerobics studios were filled with lycra-clad members. The fitness craze of the 80’s intensified in the com- munity when Ken Scott’s “Bodyworks” classes were introduced. Classes were filled to capacity with people who were excited by this new ap- proach to total body fitness. Membership grew extensively, and Ontario Racquet Club (despite its name) became known as a full service fit- ness facility. The Club’s innovative approach to healthy living has provided the blueprint for many private clubs since. And, as health and fitness trends have con-

tinued to evolve, so has ORC. In addition to fitness, tennis, and squash, the club now offers seasonal golf and aquatics. ORC’s unique Ka- rate program caters to over 200 students (of all ages) per year and has produced an astounding 23 black belts since its inception in 1997. Recent fitness trends adopted by the Club include Pi- lates Reformers (2005), Zumba (2007), and Hot Yoga (2010). Tabata, an exciting and challenging

way to break up the monotony of your fitness routine, was introduced earlier this year and is proving to be very popular with former club car- dio junkies who are now recognizing the merits of this type of group exercise class. Furthermore, the Club’s 10,000 square foot

fitness and cardio centre is now fully kitted-out with the newest Technogym equipment and Wellness System—truly the future of fitness and healthy living (read on to find out more about this latest fitness innovation).

Tennis Anyone Although today less than 40% of ORC’s

current membership is actively involved in the sport, the club’s roots in tennis are indisput- able. A defining moment in club history came in 1984 when ORC undertook the challenge to host the Canadian National Tennis Champion- ships without an official sponsor. The event was such a success, the following year SunLife Assur- ance Company signed a 9 year deal in what was to become the third largest national closed event


Phase I – October 2012 • Expanded fitness facilities including new yoga, sport performance and circuit training studio • Expanded weight and strength training studio with over $500,000 in new Technogym equipment • New renovated spin studio with all new Schwinn Pro Spinners • Remodelled children’s PlayCentre – modernized, new activity area and play stations. Plus, family memberships now include 2 free hours per day in PlayCentre

Phase 2 – Completion Date December 2013 • New construction of a 25 meter, 5 lane year round indoor/outdoor pool (removal of outdoor tennis court 8)

• Expanded restaurant area to accommodate 75-85 new seats and provide an ideal setting for mem- ber events like the Daddy Daughter, Mothers Day Brunch, or any of our buffet or specialty nights

• Immediately adjacent to restaurant will be a large outdoor patio for casual dining and lounging equipped to serve our members from early spring to late autumn

• Plus a permanent family locker and change facility adjacent to the pool and tennis courts FALL 2012 CLUBLIFE 9

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