Gym addition pumps up tennis club
Terrence Terrell of the Lincolnshire Club adds fitness to the mix. Terrell works with Mark Leonard and his son Zach Leonard. | Joe Cyganowski~For Sun-Times Media
The Lincolnshire Club
Location: 96 Elm Road, Lincolnshire
Contact: 847-913-2000 www.TheLincolnshireClub.com
Open 7 days a week
Updated: January 21, 2013 1:55AM
LINCOLNSHIRE — For nearly 40 years, the Lincolnshire Club, formerly Lincolnshire Bath and Tennis, has offered multi-skill-level tennis and swimming lessons, housing nearly a dozen regulation tennis courts, both indoors and outdoors, and two swimming pools.
But, a few years ago, the owners decided they wanted to shake things up a little.
General manager Terrrence Terrell said, in 2009, they integrated “Go Fitness” into the club, an area of the gym dedicated to members who wish to use the club for a variety of exercises, not just tennis.
“We wanted to brand our fitness separately than our tennis,” Terrell said. “We didn’t just want to be a fitness center sitting in a tennis court anymore. We want Go Fitness to have its own brand.”
Terrell said the club now offers levels of membership options to fit every individual’s needs.
“Here, you pay for what you use,” Terrell said. “If you want to just come in and use the treadmills…if you want to bump it up a little bit and add group exercise…and if you want to play tennis,” the club accommodates at many levels.
Essentially, Terrell said the club brought in a whole new demographic by adding the Go Fitness model.
“We were able to bring in some members who are not tennis players,” Terrell said. “Now, (members) actually have a fitness center.”
Terrell said Go Fitness offers a unique exercising option: the MedX machines. They look like all-in-one at-home-gym systems, but have a very specific purpose, Terrell said.
“(MedX) got its start in physical therapy,” Terrell said. “They focus on working the correct ranges of motion (for joints). I’d never seen these before I came here.”
Terrell said the machines could be used to help members post-surgery, speeding their rehab process by doing the exercises themselves in a controlled environment.
“If your physical therapist says you only have (knee) extension to 30 degrees, you know exactly where that is, because you can set the machine to it.”
Tennis, however, still remains a focus at the club, said long-time employee Ginny Hochhalter, who has worked at the club since 1988. The club caters to tennis players at all levels.
“In the indoor season, we offer competitive tennis for the ladies and for the men,” Hochhalter said. “We also have a high school team that we’ve started this year. Our seasons are offered opposite of what their high school seasons are.”
Hochhalter said the club even has a program tailored to their youngest tennis players.
“For kids, we have beginner tennis, the Quick Start program, where they start with a racket that is proportion to their size,” Hochhalter said. “They also start with large foams one so they can get that hand-eye coordination without having the ball overpower their swing.”
As for why Hochhalter has decided to stay on board all these years:
“The people keep me here,” Hochhalter said. “The members and the staff, they are all nice.”