Actively Fit

by Natalie Clemens

 Jul 04, 2019 at 9:13 AM

Treyburn Country Club’s new Wellness Center inspires healthy lifestyles

Know the feeling of being stuck in a workout routine? Or worse, not really having one? The new Wellness Center at Treyburn Country Club is helping members shake things up with modernized offerings and a burst of inspiration.

With the former gym space offering only 832 square feet, lacking natural light, and suffering from bad air flow, it was time for an upgrade. Considering Treyburn’s location 11 miles north of city center, McConnell Golf wanted to provide a well-rounded, modern, and welcoming facility that’s close to home.

On June 1, Treyburn opened the 1,748-square-foot facility to the membership with all-new strength and cardio equipment. The ceremonial day was full of activities, free classes, raffles, and a sampling of healthy snacks.

Repurposing a former dining room, the new space enjoys natural light from two walls of windows, while an exterior door will allow key-fob access outside of clubhouse hours after phase two of the project is completed in 2020. Balance is a key factor in designing a gym, and this one strategically offers equipment for the entry-level exerciser to the seasoned athlete.

This being McConnell Golf’s sixth expanded or new fitness center project in seven years, Treyburn benefits from the expertise that comes with designing offerings to fit each club’s unique needs. Members need both machines they are already comfortable using as well as new options to mix things up. For the project, McConnell Golf partnered with Dave Marsic, owner of Prosource Fitness Equipment.

“The new fitness center has its roots in the tried and true machines that build the base of any competent fitness facility,” Marsic said. “We wanted to include equipment that is popular for members with varying degrees of exercise experience.”

Joining the ranks at Treyburn, a full-time wellness and activities director as well as contract personal trainers will be available to help members get the most from their new gym. Additionally, a variety of group fitness classes will be offered during peak hours and will include everything from Pilates and yoga to strength and conditioning classes.

McConnell Golf Chief Operating Officer Christian Anastasiadis summarized the effort nicely: “The quality of life that active lifestyles ensure is long-lasting and centers on wellness as a whole. In its mission to build ‘clubs of the future’ McConnell Golf is committed to providing members access to modern fitness and wellness offerings through golf, tennis, nutrition, and fitness.

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Spinning Wheels

by Meredith Donahue

 Mar 29, 2018 at 12:19 AM

Improve your Health with Outdoor Cycling

As Spring blooms, fitness and good health become a priority for many. One of the increasingly popular trends in fitness is cycling, and McConnell Golf offers a variety of options for spinning your wheels, whether it’s out on the open roads or in a spin class at your club.

On the Road Again

The “spinning wheels” of life take us all on different journeys. If traditional cycling on the open road is your passion, long-time Treyburn Country Club member Russ Barringer can share his life-changing experience as an avid road cyclist. Barringer has been involved in cycling since the early 1990s. Soon after he begin biking, he and his wife grew their family, which now includes two college-age sons and two daughters in high school.

As many new parents know all too well, a fitness routine can easily fall by the wayside when raising children. Barringer encountered this “new parent” crisis as well. While on a family trip in 2002, he found a scale in his room and decided to take a peek. The numbers were not as expected. So he jumped on his bike and began to pedal.

“With each mile, my health improved and I was losing enough weight to revisit my serious cycling days,” he recalls. “From there, I began taking long distance trips on my bike.”

His dedicated family followed him on these trips, allowing for memories they’ll never forget. His first long distance ride was from Durham to Myrtle Beach. He completed the 185-mile trip in under ten hours, and he helped to raise more than $50,000 for Duke Children’s Hospital.

Barringer has now completed five long-distance rides taking him to 32 states. When he’s not on the open road, he takes a page from Sedgefield’s spin book, riding on his new Peloton indoor bike, a Christmas gift from his wife. Since 2008, he has completed more than 85,000 miles, a feat one can most certainly be proud of at the age of 60.

“If you ever dream of doing something, do it,” says Barringer. “You’ll regret it if you don’t.” 

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