by Cheryl-Anne Sturken | December 01, 2003

Getting physical:
Step class at the Cleveland Athletic Club

When it comes to finding value-added options for day meetings, athletic clubs are the ultimate money-saver, delivering a dizzying array of health and fitness offerings guaranteed to soothe and rejuvenate the minds of stressed attendees and recharge their physical batteries at least until the next meeting.
    At the Los Angeles Athletic Club (, which features a 72-room hotel, nine meeting rooms and banquet space for events of up to 700, attendees can hit the four squash courts, take a Pilates or yoga class, or hit the 25-yard lap pool. “The nice part is everything is under one roof,” says Esther Doss of member services. “You can walk out of the meeting room and use the rest of the facility.” 
    Aquatic kick-boxing is just one of the options at the Downtown Athletic Club and Conference Center ( in Eugene, Ore. The center, which features seven meeting rooms, offers classes in yoga, martial arts, Pilates and tai chi. For a more cardio-intensive workout, run the two-lane indoor rubber track, or head for the extensive lineup of treadmill, rowing, cycling and climbing machines.
    The Pacific Athletic Club ( in Redwood Shores, Calif., features two meeting rooms and a 175-seat dining room, plus a fully loaded 15,000-square-foot fitness center. After testing out the six-lane lap pool, nine tennis courts and six internationally certified squash courts, retreat to the Sanctuary, the club’s full-service spa, for a few hours of sheer bliss.
    Eight meeting rooms and a banquet room for 500 make up the Cleveland Athletic Club (, which features a full line of Cybex machines, aerobics classes, volleyball and squash courts, plus personal trainers to meet every need.