On the south side of Easton you may have passed the unusual shaped shingled building on South Washington Street and wondered what goes on there. The Cross Court Athletic Club was built on the site in 1974 as a tennis club. Since that time the Club has expanded its offerings to include a variety of health, fitness and recreational activities for residents on the Mid Shore. To continue to provide the most up-to-date tennis and fitness programs, the Club is undergoing a significant renovation to upgrade its facilities. The enhancements will occur in three phases, according to owners Warren and Lynne Rich of Easton.
Phase one of the Club’s renovation has begun and includes improving the four state-of-the art indoor tennis courts, the only indoor tennis courts on the Mid Shore that allow year round play. Enhancements include resurfacing the courts and installing new indirect lighting along with a new ceiling to improve court play and the acoustics. This phase is to be completed by mid-September. The Club offers tennis programs for beginners through advanced players with clinics, private and group lessons, leagues for all levels, and tournaments.
According to Sandi Whitehurst, a Cross Court BODYPUMP™ and indoor cycling instructor, who was recently named general manager of the Club, “We will create a world-class style tennis facility with these improvements.”
Phase two of the renovation will address enlarging the Club’s cardio fitness and weight room and installing new equipment. A picture window will be installed looking out on the woods surrounding the facility to enhance the exercise experience. In the process, a new Mind and Body Studio will be created on the second floor of the building, where the Club will feature its pilates program and reformer classes, along with yoga classes and BODYFLOW™, a LesMills-based program.
In this phase of the renovation, the first floor gym will also be enhanced to accommodate such group exercise classes such as a “Five Elements of Fitness” class, a sports conditioning class to improve a members overall flexibility and strength while improving their tennis game; BODYPUMP™ the original barbell class; Turbo Kick; bootcamp; kettlebells; cardio lite exercise class; Zumba; and the original Jacki’s workout class. The Club offers indoor cycling classes in a dedicated room on the second floor where participants take a journey through hills, intervals and speed drills. In addition to these group programs, members can take private pilates lessons, along with personal training sessions. Phase two is scheduled to be completed in late fall 2010.
Whitehurst comments, “We want Cross Court Athletic Club to be a destination – a place for people to get a great workout while socializing with one another. We offer a more private, family-oriented atmosphere that people of all ages and with all levels of fitness can really enjoy.”
Cross Court has also hired several new instructors, enhancing the Club’s tennis and personal training programs. These new certified instructors are bringing a number of unique fitness programs to the Club. In addition, daycare will be offered in the evenings for members.
Phase three of the renovation, scheduled for 2011, will enlarge the building, increasing the size of the cardio room, child care room and men’s and women’s locker rooms.
“These renovations will make the Club a more state-of-the-art facility for our members,” Whitehurst adds.
Beginning September 1, Cross Court Athletic Club will be reducing its membership fees. For further information about membership and program offerings, call Sandi Whitehurst at 410-822-1515 or visit www.crosscourtathletic.com or follow the Club onwww.facebook.com.