Press Releases for the Atlantic Club

**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE**
March 7, 2017

Contact: Kevin McHugh, chief operating officer
Phone: (732) 223-2100
Email: kevinm@theatlanticclub.com

The Atlantic Club Asks New Jersey to Support Legislation to Make Fitness More Affordable

 MANASQUAN, N.J. – The Atlantic Club is launching a grassroots effort to pass new federal legislation that aims to make fitness expenses more affordable. The Personal Health Investment Today Act (PHIT), introduced into both houses of Congress on March 1, 2017, allows Americans to use pre-tax accounts – e.g. health savings accounts or flexible savings accounts – to pay for fitness expenses.

“PHIT would eliminate a federal policy barrier and create a financial incentive to engage in physical fitness and exercise,” says Pat Laus, owner and CEO of the The Atlantic Club.

Under the proposed law, individuals would be allowed to spend up to $1,000 ($2,000 for married couples) on youth sports fees, recreational sports fees and equipment, competition fees, active transportation, fitness classes, personal training, martial arts and yoga, and health club memberships would all be eligible.

The Atlantic Club says allowing fitness expenditures to be paid for out of pre-tax accounts will encourage New Jersey residents, and all Americans, to practice healthy habits by providing more affordable opportunities for physical activity.

According to the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association, a trade group for health clubs, PHIT would save Americans 20-30% annually on health and fitness expenses.

Learn more about PHIT at ihrsa.org/phit.

The Atlantic Club is calling on its members and the community at large to support PHIT by contacting Congress and asking them to cosponsor the bill. “This is an important issue for people in New Jersey,” says Kevin McHugh, chief operating officer of The Atlantic Club. “Obesity-related medical costs total an estimated $4 billion a year in the state, and this could be greatly reduced if people are better able to access fitness products and services.”

PHIT has been introduced in both the Senate and the House, so New Jersey residents should contact both Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, and their House representative, and ask them to support the bill.

People can easily identify and email all three of their federal legislators at LINK TBD. It takes less than 45 seconds and will make a world of difference.

Laus concludes, “We’re taking a stand for our local community and the country. America needs to get PHIT!”

 About The Atlantic Club
The Atlantic Club, Inc., established in 1977, provides a full spectrum of fitness programs and activities for the health, education and recreation needs of its members and the community in New Jersey. With locations in Red Bank and Manasquan, the club offers state-of-the-art fitness facilities and services, including group exercise classes, mind-body programs, personal training, indoor and outdoor pools, tennis and racquetball courts, hiking trails, hot tubs, steam rooms, and a café. Children are welcome to participate in a variety of sports programs including the Parisi Speed School, and a variety of summer camps. For more information, visit theatlanticclub.com.

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**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE**
December 29, 2017

Contact: Kevin McHugh, chief operating officer
Phone: (732) 223-2100
Email: kevinm@theatlanticclub.com

The Atlantic Club Launches Groundbreaking Training Program for Young Athletes

MANASQUAN, N.J. – The Atlantic Club is proud to announce TRX Teen, a new and exciting 8-week program designed to help athletes aged 13-18 develop their strength, speed, and agility. The program includes training sessions with certified professionals from TRX, the premier body weight-based strength building program, and Parisi Speed School, a leader in youth sport performance training.

Kevin McHugh, the club’s chief operating officer, is excited about Teen TRX. “It’s unlike any program you’ll find anywhere. Both young athletes and teens who enjoy fitness will love it. Not only will they receive personalized instruction, but they will also be able to monitor their progress throughout the program with quantifiable data,” McHugh says.

Participants will learn essential health, fitness, and performance indicators by using the InBody 520 Composition Analyzer for pre and post fitness assessments, and they will also be able to track their speed and agility progress with Parisi’s Zybek Sports Timing System. Meanwhile throughout the program, each participant receives virtual coaching through a MYZONE® fitness monitor belt.

Class instruction is included as well. Once or twice a week, depending on the plan chosen, participants will receive a 60-minute training session that includes 30 minutes of TRX Suspension Strength Training and 30 minutes of Parisi Speed and Agility Training. Participants will also be given workouts to complete independently throughout the week. Enrollees are given a TRX suspension strap (a $139 value) to use in class and at home.

TRX’s director of North American sales, Nick Vay, says the program offers youth the opportunity to learn an invaluable, lifelong skill. “We’re excited to give young athletes a program and a tool that allow them to understand better how to exercise properly. They can take these key lessons and apply them to their workout routines moving forward. Both The Atlantic Club and Parisi have already done such a great job with their youth programs, and we’re excited to be part of taking their efforts to the next level.”

Teen TRX costs $199 per week and space is limited to 12 athletes per program. The program begins January 9, 2017.

For more information, or to enroll in the Teen TRX program, call (732) 292-4475. 

About The Atlantic Club
The Atlantic Club, Inc., established in 1977, provides a full spectrum of fitness programs and activities for the health, education and recreation needs of its members and the community in New Jersey. With locations in Red Bank and Manasquan, the club offers state-of-the-art fitness facilities and services, including group exercise classes, mind-body programs, personal training, indoor and outdoor pools, tennis and racquetball courts, hiking trails, hot tubs, steam rooms, and a café. Children are welcome to participate in a variety of sports programs including the Parisi Speed School, and a variety of summer camps. The Atlantic Club has been a certified medical fitness facility since 2013. For more information, visit theatlanticclub.com.

About TRX
TRX® is the training world’s preeminent producer and seller of functional training programs, education and equipment for professional trainers, health clubs, military, fitness-minded consumers and athletes of all levels. Through a commitment to ongoing research and product development, TRX® is changing the way consumers exercise, athletes train for sport, soldiers train for combat, physical therapists rehabilitate patients, and exercise instructors train clients. For more information on TRX® products, education and programming, call (888) 878-5348 or email info@trxtraining.com.

About Parisi Speed School
Founded in 1992 by Bill Parisi, our mission is to strive to be the industry leader in performance enhancement and continue to deliver a positive training experience that improves speed of movement and strength in character regardless of ability or economic status. Over the past 20+ years, Parisi Speed School has grown to over 90 locations in 31 states and has trained more than 600,000 individuals. For more information on Parisi Speed School visit www.parisischool.com.

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**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE**
December 13, 2017

Contact: Kevin McHugh, chief operating officer
Phone: (732) 223-2100
Email: kevinm@theatlanticclub.com

15-Year-Old Swimmer From The Atlantic Club Competes at 2016 Junior Championships East

 MANASQUAN, N.J. – The Atlantic Club is proud to announce that Grace Kayal, 15, a member of its youth Riptide Swim Team, competed in the 2016 Junior Championships East this past weekend in Columbus, O.H. The meet is an elite competition for swimmers aged 18 and under, and is three levels away from the Olympics.

“It is a special honor for The Atlantic Club,” says head swim coach Stephanie Crofton Carey. “Grace is a hard-working, talented young athlete and it’s exciting to watch her practice and progress through the sport, laying the groundwork for a shot at the Olympics.”

Grace has been training at The Atlantic Club since 2009, when she was just eight years old. According to Grace’s mother, Amy Kayal, Grace joined the club’s swim team to socialize with a close friend who was already on the swim team. The club’s swim coaches, however, quickly recognized Grace’s athleticism and passion for the sport, and began coaching her more seriously.

Grace’s coach Dan Murphy, who’s coached her since 2013, says, “She is one of the hardest working young women I’ve ever seen. After each meet, she asks what she can do to get better and when she returns to practice, she implements our advice. Often she’ll come to practice with an article or video she found that illustrates a new technique she wants to try, and we’ll work on it.”

Grace’s constant hard work and passion for the sport has paid off. Earlier this year in April, Grace took first place in the 200 backstroke at Sectionals, a win that qualified her for Futures – a faster, more elite meet for young swimmers. There she took third place in the 200 backstroke and eighth place in the 100 backstroke, both of which earned her a spot at the Junior Championships.

Grace took 73rd place in the 100 backstroke and 50th place in the 200 backstroke. Her mother, Amy, says, “We didn’t expect a medal this time around. The Junior Championships is a competitive, high-pressure meet, so our goal was simply to get Grace comfortable with the environment so that next year, or in future years, she’ll place.”

Dan Murphy echoes Amy Kayal: “There were some very fast women swimmers there, and it was great to see Grace compete against them. She did really well.”

Grace says she enjoyed her time at the meet, and that it motivated her to keep training. “It was the most competitive meet I’ve ever been to, and I was able to watch some of the fastest swimmers in the country compete,” she says. “It was challenging, but a great experience. It showed me how hard I must train to succeed in the future.”

For more information on The Atlantic Club’s youth swim team program, visit riptideparents.com.

About The Atlantic Club
The Atlantic Club, Inc., established in 1977, provides a full spectrum of fitness programs and activities for the health, education and recreation needs of its members and the community in New Jersey. With locations in Red Bank and Manasquan, the club offers state-of-the-art fitness facilities and services, including group exercise classes, mind-body programs, personal training, indoor and outdoor pools, tennis and racquetball courts, hiking trails, hot tubs, steam rooms, and a café. Children are welcome to participate in a variety of sports programs including the Parisi Speed School, and a variety of summer camps. The Atlantic Club has been a certified medical fitness facility since 2013. For more information, visit theatlanticclub.com.

About Riptide Swimmers
The Riptide Swimmers is a year-round competitive swim team that offers high-quality professional coaching and technique instruction for all ages and abilities. The goal of the team is to give every member an opportunity to improve swimming skills and achieve success at his or her level of ability, from novice to international competitor. All Riptide coaches are members of the American Swimming Coaches Association and have access to the most comprehensive training and certification program for youth coaches of any sport in the United States.

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