Severna Park Racquetball And Fitness Club Focuses On Health And Wellness

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Since Severna Park Racquetball and Fitness Club (SPRFC) was founded in 1981, the staff has been dedicated to helping members achieve their wellness goals.

Originally established solely as a racquetball club, SPRFC has expanded to include fitness equipment, a pool, group fitness classes and much more. Some of the club’s amenities include saunas, steam rooms and whirlpools. The club also offers child care services available for members while mom and dad get fit.

“We are really big on being an asset to the community and helping people live their best lives,” said General Manager Mike Hallinan, whose family took over the club in 2015.

Serving the community is an important part of the club’s business model, according to Hallinan. Most recently, SPRFC partnered with a local software development company, Narlycode, and raised $1,000 for the Maryland Food Bank.

“We try to get our name out there and do good things in the community,” said Hallinan. “We are excited by what we offer our members and they appreciate what we do for them.”

In addition to racquetball and wallyball leagues, SPRFC has a successful competitive swim team, the “Stingrays,” coached by Jim Hutcheson. The fitness center includes free weights, circuit training and personal training. The club’s instructors offer a wide variety of classes including Les Mills SPRINT and BODYPUMP, SPIN, and a myriad of group fitness classes, “Senior Solutions” and aquatics classes. As a result of the pandemic, SPRFC now offers outdoor, virtual and Facebook Live classes. Hallinan said that the outdoor and virtual classes have become popular and the club will continue to offer these alternatives after the pandemic.

“Some of our clients, no matter their age, aren't really comfortable venturing out yet and we want to make sure we keep our virtual classes going for those clients,” said Hallinan.

To keep staff and members safe, Hallinan said the club has expanded its sanitation and cleaning departments. SPRFC has reopened according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Maryland guidelines. The club maintains a healthy supply of hand sanitizer and disinfectant, and the team has adopted other safety measures including distancing fitness machines and establishing a “Sanitation Squad.” The Sanitation Squad uses an environmentally friendly biocleaner to wipe down machines, and the club is adding a touchless disinfection and sanitizing system, which will spray the building each night with an antimicrobial solution.

“It's good to see people back in the building and see their smiling faces again,” said Hallinan. “At least we are pretty sure they are smiling just as much as we are, under the masks. We desire to follow the CDC’s guidelines to ensure our staff and clients stay safe.”

Hallinan likes to think of SPRFC as a full-service health club. With the addition of the Medical Fitness Center, there is now a primary care office run by nurse practitioner Deborah Badro within the club. Badro offers both sports and annual physicals, flu vaccines, disease management, preventive care and screening, weight management and much more. Nutrition consultant Kate Vance is also available onsite to coach members on healthy eating and wellness.

“I love to see people transform when they come in and live a healthier lifestyle,” said Hallinan. “That makes me feel good.”

The Severna Park Racquetball and Fitness Club is located at 8514 Veterans Highway in Millersville. For more information, call 410-987-0980, email info@sprfc.com or visit www.sprfc.com. Discounted memberships are available for first responders and veterans.

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