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Testimonials AT UNIVERSAL

New Member Comments

"I feel more energetic, and I am thankful to have exercise be a part of my routine life. I truly appreciate the many choices provided by Universal. 

I feel that I can be successful no matter how much time I have and no matter how I'm feeling on a particular day… even if I have my son with me.

Universal is a first-class facility, by far the best in the area. Well-equipped, impeccably maintained, and staffed with helpful and concerned professionals who truly seem to care about their members' welfare and progress. 

UAC has just about everything to help make healthy living an easy transition into any type of lifestyle. There are really no excuses left! :-) "

- Nicole Siegel



Group Fitness

(Mother & Daughters)

“We love Universal! Where else can we find world-class instructors that challenge each of us personally and empower us to do our best? 

The sheer amount of group fitness classes offered ensures that the three of us can work out together, despite our different schedules. On any given day, we can choose from a variety classes to target strength, cardio or flexibility. Whichever we decide, we know the motivational instructors and upbeat music will provide for a fun and efficient full-body workout. 

Universal’s friendly, familiar faces and encouraging atmosphere create a welcoming community that we always look forward to!”


“The group classes have made it very easy to incorporate exercise into my daily routine. Within two  years, I gradually lost 20 pounds. No matter how little (or how much) I may be motivated before a given class, I know I'll get a good workout and be done in a fixed amount of time. 

Over the past few years, there have been many times where my brain hasn't been engaged at the start of class, but all the instructors push you along, and the music selection has so much energy that it’s easy to be lifted out of the fog!”

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The Lopez Family 

“When we were considering joining a fitness club to live a healthier lifestyle, we loved Universal’s facility and the layout of the weight room,” Lina said. “You didn’t have to wait around to work out on any one piece of equipment because there were many alternatives on the floor. Also, all the group fitness classes included in a membership were definitely a plus!” Read More

The Atteberry Family 

"We have three generations of family members coming to Universal Athletic Club!  My husband and I can get a fabulous workout while our children are well taken care of and happy in the Kidz Klub.  My mom and sister are members here, too, and we all love the atmosphere. Your staff members are so friendly and helpful!"


  More Family Testimonials

Martial Arts Program


 Congratulations to David Romero, and five of his seven children -- Krystopher (16) Eliana (10), Celia Romero (7), Sophia (6) Michael (5) -- for all of their hard work and accomplishments in Universal’s Tae Kwon Do program! 

How has the program been a positive experience for your entire family? 

“I believe the martial arts program at UAC has given my family and I the ability to become more confident and assertive in our daily activities. Krystopher has embraced the opportunity to help teach and lead class and enjoys being Master Cuascut’s partner during Hapkido. ..."

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By age 8 years old, Ryan Nguyen has already earned his black belt in Tae Kwon Do! 

“Martial Arts is a good sport and it is fun!” Ryan said.  “I meet lots of friends and the masters are very nice.  They help me focus.  Tae Kwon Do helps me in real life because I know how to be strong and healthy, work hard, and defend myself from bad guys!” 

In addition to club’s Martial Arts program at Universal, Ryan also loves Universal’s Kidz Klub and has enjoyed swim lessons.

Even at his very young age, Ryan says that his goal is “to achieve the highest belt level and become a master someday.”  Congratulations Ryan!


Michelle Gooding and her three children Zoe, Parker, and Payton joined Universal in 2009 because we they were looking for a Martial Arts program  in which the whole family could participate.

“Universal was perfect because the program was included with the club’s membership,” Michelle said. “My daughter had been participating in a program elsewhere which would not allow parents and children to take class together. We changed over to Universal’s program because I can take classes with my oldest child, as well as classes during the week with my younger children."  Read More


When Paul Chase and his daughter, Becca first joined Universal Athletic Club, they originally enrolled in the club’s Martial Arts program to learn self defense.  They both say it has “become so much more to them...” - Read More


Nutrition & Wellness Center

Wade Smith
Determined to Make a Change for Good...

Last summer, I finally felt ready to do something about my health. I had gained weight steadily over the last several years and was starting to experience many medical issues as the result (high blood pressure, cholesterol, and sugar levels; sleep apnea and problems with liver function). My wife had been encouraging me to get in better shape, and the owner of the company I work for also mentioned his concern for my health.

I finally said 'enough is enough' and decided to do something about it...

Read More of Wade's story and other Nutrition & Weight Loss testmimonials 

Universal's Sports Performance Center

“Universal’s Sports Performance Center made me stronger and faster. My agility has also improved immensely.

The skills that I have learned from the Sports Performance Coaches have helped me excel in my sports, and have also helped my team depend on me because of those skills.” 

- Jovan Marrero, Conestoga Valley High School
Varsity Football and Basketball


Aqua-Fitness & Swim Lessons


Jane Rosetti

“I'd like to thank the Universal staff, and especially those who work in the Aquatic Center, for all of their help over the last months. After shattering my tibia and having to use a walker and crutches, my doctor recommended that I exercise in a warm pool as part of my rehabilitation. 

Your Aquatic Center employees were unbelievably helpful and gracious in getting me into and out of the pool on the lift chair. They were alway positive and cheerful. 

Coming to Universal’s pool was one of the highlights of my rehab.  In the water, I could comfortably ‘walk for exercise’ without the impact of gravity hurting my knee. Your team made it easier for me to get through this. I am grateful for all the times they activated the chair and got workout noodles for me. 

I also want to thank Universal’s staff members who continue to give me encouragement... you are the greatest people! Thank you, Universal, for all you have done and all you continue to do!”

RJ Boring, Age 5

RJ has accomplished many new skills during his private swim lessons at Universal Athletic Club. RJ's mother, Cara Boring says:

“RJ’s swim instructor, ‘Miss Deb’ has been wonderful. Learning to swim can be overwhelming, but Miss Deb has taken things slowly, making sure that RJ has fully learned each skill. 

RJ has gone from minimal swimming skills to learning all of the basics: Swimming the width of the 8’ section of the pool, working on side breaths, floating, jumping in and swimming to the side, diving down to the bottom of the pool for toys, and holding his breath under water. We are very pleased!”

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The SilverSneakers Fitness Program

Ken and Marcia Miller

Ken and Marcia Miller joined Universal in November 2012 years ago on the advice of Ken’s neurologist.

“I have Stage 3 Parkinson’s disease,” Ken said. “It’s a progressive disease with no cure. Currently, only exercise or certain medications can slow down its progress, with brain surgery being the last resort.”

“I have a hard time motivating myself to exercise alone at home”, Ken continued. “Marcia and I heard about the SilverSneakers program that was covered by our health insurance, and were happy to find this program at Universal. We decided to join the club together, to encourage one another.” Read More 

Harvey Odell 

Harvey Odell arrives at Universal Athletic Club by 6:45 a.m. three days a week to exercise for 30 minutes on his own before taking the 7:30 a.m. SilverSneakers Classic class.

“I really like coming the club because of the people”, Harvey said.  “They are vibrant and fun and I love the camaraderie of working out with others. I wouldn’t exercise this well at home on my own!”

“Others in the class seem to be there for many of the same reasons as me. I enjoy keeping active and the friendships I have made. I love Universal itself because the club is well-managed and the employees do their jobs well.”

”Exercising has improved my life overall because it keeps me on my feet,” Harvey continued. “I feel more physically fit, and I can walk the golf course instead of ride the cart. Exercise keeps me young at 81!” 

Ron and Carrie James

Ron and Carrie joined Universal over two years ago after Carrie had overcome cancer and Ron had successfully recovered from a stroke. They decided to join in order to “get out of the house” and become more active. (Read More) 


More SilverSneakers Testimonials


Peter and Molly Hughes - The Couple Who "GRITS" Together Suceeds Together!

Peter Hughes says that, in late 2012, he opened an email that started he and his wife, Molly, down a path that they never thought was possible. The subject line of the e-mail read ‘Pullman High 20-Year Class Reunion August 2013.’


“Thanks to this ‘dreaded’ event, I had the goal and the will to take my fitness routine to the next level,” Peter said. “In February 2013, Molly and I decided we would give the LES MILLS GRIT Series a try together.”

What a life changing decision for them both! After six months of GRIT team training sessions, Peter says he and Molly are in the best shape of their lives. Peter alone dropped over 25 pounds and has added lean athletic muscle!



Sue Neikirk

"I love how the THRIVE workout is focused on YOU and YOUR goals, and there is always someone there to cheer you on or to make sure that you are doing everything in the correct and safe way. 

I have been doing THRIVE at least two days a week for several months. Now, I have no knee pain. Also, my back pain has decreased, and my mobility, strength and balance have improved. I have a lot more tone in my upper body. I have lost 3 inches from my waist and 2 inches from my hips. In the last 6 weeks, I lost 6 and 1/4 inches overall. For me, that is amazing!

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Cafe U 

“The Cafe U shakes give me protein and the extra boost I need after a strenuous workout”.

- Steve Schulz, Universal member and publisher of Business2Business Magazines

MORE Member Success Stories

"Just take it one pound at a time"
- Ron Gardiner - Lost over 135 pounds  -Read Ron's story!

"I've never stuck to anything like this before!"
- Tammy Krieg, lost 52 pounds and counting - Read more!

"Surviving a Heart Transplant: A Matter of Faith, Family and Treating My Body Right"
- John Villella - Read John's amazing story!