The Missouri Athletic Club Elevates Yoga and Barre Offerings

The Missouri Athletic Club Elevates Yoga and Barre Offerings

The Missouri Athletic Club Elevates Yoga and Barre Offerings- The MAC’s new state-of-the-art Mind & Body studio is attracting members and instructors
By Catie Kassebaum, Missouri Athletic Club Communications Coordinator

In October, the Missouri Athletic Club opened a new Mind & Body Studio designed specifically for yoga and barre classes at its West Clubhouse location in Town and Country. This yoga and barre-specific studio is part of Phase One of a two-phase fitness expansion and renovation project at the West Clubhouse.

“Our new Mind and Body studio is a great addition to the fitness department,” said Paul Helfrich, Fitness Manager at the West Clubhouse. “We now have a beautiful studio that will host 20+ classes weekly. It is a cornerstone of making our fitness department and class schedule the best in the area.”

The studio is equipped to host both warm and regular yoga classes at the flip of a switch and a variety of barre classes. The studio currently offers seven different types of yoga and can accommodate more classes as interest increases. Since opening, yoga class participation has jumped from around 20 members to nearly 180, and a few classes have been waitlisted. New instructors have played a vital role in the success of the new studio. The MAC hired multiple new instructors from top studios around St. Louis to provide the highest quality classes.

“Instructing yoga classes at the MAC is different than anywhere I’ve taught before,” said Stefanie Elsperman, MAC yoga instructor. “The participants genuinely want to be here and most of them have been regularly joining the classes. The fitness staff is always excited and welcoming, which makes instructing here one of the best parts of my day.”

Members are also raving about the new studio. “The new studio has a peaceful and quiet atmosphere,” said MAC member Mindy Giacin. “The natural wood look and windows showcasing the pool outside provides a calming vibe even during high-intensity classes. I love that it was made for everyone; my teenage daughter even comes to classes with me now.”

In addition to the Mind & Body Studio, Phase One of the project includes an expanded and renovated weight room, new bathrooms, and upgraded check-in desk at the entrance. Phase Two will include two racquetball courts, group exercise classrooms, rooms designed for cardio with new equipment, a spinning studio, a properly-sized functional training room, a Pilates studio, youth areas, and possibly a golf simulator.

The MAC has also been renovating fitness spaces at its Downtown Clubhouse. The Club added a new Functional Training Room and Group Exercise Room before renovating the weight room and purchasing new equipment. “At the Board level, there has been a big push to put the ‘A’ back in our middle name, “Athletics,” said General Manager Wally Smith. “And that’s exactly what these projects have done and plan to do for the MAC. I couldn’t be more excited.”

Anyone interested in learning more about the MAC’s new yoga and barre studio and expanded and renovated fitness centers should request a tour by contacting Julie Kueper at jkueper@macstl.org or 314-539-4408.

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