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Why Merritt Athletic Clubs

The Merritt story began in 1977 when Leroy Merritt built the Towson Court Club, a workout facility with 12 racquetball courts. Member response was so overwhelming that the club underwent two expansions in our first year of operation. Two more clubs were developed over the next three years to accommodate the growing interest in fitness throughout our region.

In early 1989, Merritt acquired the Downtown Athletic Club. This acquisition served to establish Merritt Athletic Clubs as the most complete fitness organization in Maryland. Between 1989 and 1999, we underwent tremendous growth and change. Our fifth club opened in the Southside Shopping Center in 1999 as an express facility. That same year, we broke ground on our largest club to date, located in Eldersburg. In 2001, we were happy to announce the acquisition of our express facility in 24 HR Owings Mills.

In 2003, Merritt Athletic Clubs celebrated the opening of three new clubs: our Canton and 24 HR Cranbrook locations and the relocation of our Southside facility to 24 HR Fort Avenue. In addition, Merritt began management of Tide Point, a 24-hour facility.

Our growth continued. In early 2010 Merritt Athletic Clubs opened a ninth location in Hanover Maryland. Our Buckingham location is a 24-hour express facility.

Our new White Marsh location will be our tenth location. This 55,000 square foot super club just opened on May 10th 2014 and features a state-of-the-art outdoor aquatics center with an Olympic style pool, family fun pool and kiddy pool. Other amenities include a dynamic kids club with an interactive play maze and party room, a restaurant/café, saunas, a cardio theater room, three fitness studios which will include a yoga studio, a cycle studio and a group fitness studio for the latest classes. The fitness floor features the latest in technology and fitness equipment to give members a fully connected work out experience. 

Amenities in all our locations include strength training and cardiovascular equipment, free weights, group exercise classes including Body Pump, Body Step, Body Flow, Body Combat, Body Attack, RPM, Body Jam, and Body Vive, racquetball, squash, handball, basketball, tennis, lap and warm water rec pools, and Kids Zone for our youngest members. Our club services range from towel service to massage and spa facilities, pro shops that feature product lines such as Under Armour and Life is Good as well as protein smoothies, shakes, and bars. We also offer programs geared specifically for children that include dance, martial arts, pre-school and kindergarten learning center, art classes, gymnastics, cheerleading teams, and year-round swim teams. With the recent addition of our Junior Fitness Certification for kids ages 12-15, Merritt Athletic Clubs offers something for every member of the family.

With over 27,000 members, more than 800 employees, swimming pools, squash, racquetball, more than 300 group exercise classes each week, 9 convenient locations, and over 37 years in the health and fitness industry, Merritt Athletic Clubs is the most complete fitness organization in Maryland.

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Mission Statement
Merritt Athletic Clubs will strive to be an industry leader dedicated to serving our clients and providing them with the motivation to stay fit, have fun and further their health and fitness education. We also strive to create profitable partnerships with our community and clients, as well as our employees and owners.

Club Decree
All members and guests are required to have fun. We are here to help you reach your fitness goals and provide you with a safe workout environment. Please let us know if you have any questions or recommendations on how we can best serve you.

  • ACE - American Council on Exercise Certification Centers
  • AEDs - American Heart Association Partnership
  • BodyPump, BodyStep, BodyFlow, BodyCombat, BodyAttack, BodyJam, BodyVive, RPM
  • Baltimore Ravens Cheerleaders Official Training Center
  • Cardio Theater
  • Community Partner Program
  • Dues Reduction Program
  • Easy to do Business With
  • Energy Gain
  • Family Programs
  • Fitness Professionals
  • Free Stuff
  • Get Fit Maryland - Annual 10,000 Steps Walking Program
  • Group Fitness Classes
  • Healthy Back Clinic
  • House Accounts for Members
  • IHRSA Passport Program
  • Junior Fitness Certification
  • Kid's Club
  • Largest Fitness Center Operations in Baltimore Area
  • Les Mills Platinum Partner
  • Locally Owned
  • Look What's New - Investments Put Back in Facilities
  • Month-to-Month Memberships - No Long-Term Commitments
  • Nutritional Assessments and Counseling
  • Nutritional Lectures, Products, and Seminars
  • One Pass Membership - Reciprocal Usage of all 10 Locations
  • Physiotherapy Associates - Injury Rehab
  • Pro Shops
  • Parking is Free
  • Quick Start Program
  • Racquetball Courts, Leagues, and Tournaments
  • Results Guaranteed
  • Retention Management
  • RPM
  • Smoothie Bars
  • Squash Courts, Leagues, Programs, and Tournaments
  • Swimming Pools
  • Swim Team
  • Twenty-Four Hour Locations
  • University of Maryland School of Medicine and Hospital
  • VIP Passes
  • Variety of Locations, Amenities, Programs, and Services
  • Weight Management and Wellness Center
  • Xcellent - Safe/Certified Fitness and Group Fitness Instructors
  • XRKade
  • Youth Classes, Equipment, and Fitness Programs
  • Zumba
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