The Almaden Valley Athletic Club (AVAC), the Bay Area’s premier, award-winning family facility offering total health, fitness and wellness programs for all ages, today announced the celebration of its 35th anniversary. On May 21, 2011, AVAC will honor this milestone with a special reception for past and current members featuring dancing to the Joe Sharino Band and the presentation of a charitable donation to the Hospice of the Valley.
“Since we first opened AVAC’s doors in 1976, our mission has been to create a fun, family-friendly environment where community members can work out together in a state-of-the-art fitness facility,” said Joseph Shank, owner of AVAC. “It’s rewarding to see the positive affects AVAC has had in helping individuals reach their health and fitness goals while creating a healthy and vibrant community.”
For over three decades, AVAC has remained committed to supporting the community through direct service, disaster relief, and charitable contributions to various local organizations. This year, AVAC has chosen to commemorate its 35th anniversary by recognizing the standard of excellence in end-of-life care that the Hospice of the Valley provides the greater Santa Clara County.
“At AVAC, we raise awareness for many worthy causes and encourage action from our members and the community,” continued Shank. “Leading a healthy lifestyle is more than staying fit. Social responsibility is also an important part. We provide a place where community members can educate themselves about important health issues and trends, while giving back to the broader community.”
Today, AVAC continues to attract a steady increase in memberships by remaining at the forefront of emerging trends. The Club invests in its programming by attending health and fitness conferences for ongoing education; introducing residents to new specialty health, wellness and fitness classes; and investing in the latest exercising equipment. Its extensive renovations have turned the once walnut grove into today’s resort-style fitness facility that features luxurious amenities, Pilates, swimming, tennis, personal training, yoga, tai chi, group exercise classes, nutrition services, social activities, and resources such as onsite childcare, massage, and the MORE Chiropractic and Rehabilitation clinic.
Listed are the key milestones AVAC will celebrate this year:
• June 24, 1976 – AVAC opens its doors with nine tennis courts, six racquetball courts, a 25-yard lap pool and 2,600 square-foot fitness facility.
• 1985 – AVAC hosts first U.S. Tennis Association Boys and Girls National Junior Championships. The Club went on to host this tournament for 25 years.
• 1990 – AVAC hosts the USTA Girls 18’s National Championship.
• 1992 – AVAC completes a major remodel adding more than 6,000 square feet of space to accommodate an indoor café, full line of equipment including cardio machines, free weights and weight benches.
• 2000 –AVAC Swim School opens offering year-round swim lessons to more than 3500 children each week.
• 2001 – AVAC launches Senior Wellness Program to engage in fun and healthy activities. The program is a spinoff of the “Just Enough” series of exercise classes, lectures, training, dinners, birthday parties and has more than 600 members.
• 2002 – AVAC introduces the STOTT PILATESTM program offering exclusive Northern California certification courses.
• 2003 – AVAC partners with Hospice of the Valley to host an annual “Celebration of Life” fundraising initiative raising more than $60,000 over a three-year span.
• 2004 – AVAC adds a 1,200 square-foot functional fitness and stretching space.
• 2005 – AVAC remodels the women’s locker room, establishes a nutritional program, hosts “Celebration Under the Stars” and raises $12,000 to benefit the Pat Tillman Foundation. That same year AVAC partnered with San Francisco 49’ers chiropractor Dr. Mark Eastland, D.C., A.T., C, of the MORE Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Center to offer all residents on-site care for sports injuries.
• June 2006 – 75 original charter members celebrate AVACs 30th Anniversary.
• 2007 – AVAC invests in new Technogym ‘Excite’ treadmills, recumbent and upright bikes, and a new Wave workout machine. Modern features include iPod and iPhone compatibility, plus music, video and TV options.
• 2008 – AVAC continues to invest in new fitness equipment and hosts its first Open House and Community Day drawing 300 attendees for tennis demos, blood pressure screening, nutritional seminars, tours and more.
• 2009 – As the community struggles with the recession, AVAC introduces a variety of flexible programs to its members and the community.
• 2010 – AVACs bi-annual Open House and Community Day continues to be a success. AVAC raises funds for the Haiti relief efforts and educates guests on how to prepare for emergencies.
• May 2011 – AVAC celebrates its 35th anniversary
About the Almaden Valley Athletic Club
The Almaden Valley Athletic Club, (AVAC.us), is the Bay Area's premier, award-winning family facility that offers total health, fitness and wellness programs for all ages. AVAC's resort-style facility features luxurious amenities, Pilates, swimming, tennis and social activities as well as a 1,500 square-foot ChildCare facility with play-to-learn activities. The 6,000 square-foot Fitness Center offers the latest workout equipment with Cardio Theatre. Certified personal trainers offer one-on-one training and certified fitness instructors teach a variety of group classes. AVAC houses its own 1200 square-foot STOTT PILATES™ studio. AVAC offers a retractable roof teaching pool for year-round swimming lessons and a 25-yard outdoor swimming pool. Winner of the coveted USTA Club of the Year award, AVAC hosts numerous tennis programs on its 11 lighted tennis courts. AVAC is home to the largest Bay Area Senior Wellness program fostering senior fitness with workshops, seminars, group exercise classes and social events.