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Testimonials AT UNIVERSAL

New Member Comments

"I truly appreciate the many choices provided by Universal.  I feel that I can be successful no matter how much time I have... even if I have my son with me... and no matter how I’m feeling on a particular day.  UAC has just about everything to help make healthy living an easy transition into any type of lifestyle.  There’s really no excuses left!"
- Nicole Siegel

"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."
- Ron Malec
"I feel energized, more motivated, and I now have a routine that I follow each day.  This has allowed me to get the results I anticipated!"
- Megan Chadwick

"The Universal Fitness Coaches have been very supportive and informative. With their help I have lost a full size in my waist, and several pounds."
Glenn Eckman

"I really enjoyed the process of the Success Plan.  The Fitness Coach was was very interested in getting to know me and my goals, and she helped me get accustomed to the club."
- Josephine Woznitski
"I feel fantastic... stronger... loving the classes and Virtual fitness."
- Gail Long

"Since starting at Universal I feel healthy, energized and better overall about myself.  This is becoming part of my life."
- Eric Goetz

"I am starting on an adventure... and now I know I can meet my ultimate goal: to lose 80+ pounds and be healthy again!"
- Aileen Wellwood


"After my first few weeks at Universal I am thrilled with the results!  I am so grateful for my Fitness Coach, Mitch. He made me feel instantly comfortable and taught me how to use different equipment I would have never tried on my own. I'm actually excited to work out!"
- Jamie Testa

 

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Group Fitness

GROUP FITNESS FAMILY SPOTLIGHT
 

“Our family has belonged to Universal for 13 years. Taking group fitness classes along with a healthy diet has helped us to achieve our weight loss goals, maintain great health, reduce stress, and to mentally and physically challenge ourselves...  Read More

 

"90 POUNDS LIGHTER & SO MUCH HAPPIER!"
by STACEY GAGNE

“I’m finally 90 pounds lighter from my heaviest weight! 

Most of my life I was insecure... I seemed to roller coaster between diets and minimal exercise. I even tried other fitness centers, but nothing provided me the motivation to succeed on my own. I also suffered from serious health issues, including ulcerative colitis and thyroid disease, and endured related surgeries. 

Then, over four years ago, a friend who loved to dance invited me to try BODYJAM at Universal Athletic Club. I was hooked immediately! The energy of the class and instructors were so fun and motivating. I joined Universal right away!

Upon joining the club, I participated in ‘YOUR SUCCESS PLAN’ to get myself acclimated to all that Universal offers. My Universal Fitness Coach was friendly and encouraging during the first weeks of my membership, which helped me succeed. 

Universal’s free fitness incentive programs also challenged me try other classes that I might not have chosen on my own.  The wide variety of programs offered by Universal has given me so much more success losing, maintaining and staying motivated in my fitness goals than ever before.

Thank you, Universal Athletic Club! You provide me with a fun, yet challenging environment... and I appreciate your caring and energetic group fitness program and instructors. Because of you, I am healthier and inspired to reach for new goals!”

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Families

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!"

 

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Martial Arts Program

FAMILY SPOTLIGHT:
THE ROMERO FAMILY

 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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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT:
RYAN NGUYEN


Ryan Nguyen is 8 years old and has already earned his black belt in Tae Kwon Do! This makes him one of the youngest black belt students in Universal’s program in many years.  The son of Faruk Nguyen and Thanh Lai of Lancaster, Ryan is a 3rd grader at Nitrauer Elementary School.

Ryan started taking Martial Arts classes at Universal in November 2009. His father says they enrolled Ryan in the program so he could be active and interact with other kids.

“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!

MARTIAL ARTS FAMILY SPOTLIGHT:
THE GOODING FAMILY

Michelle Gooding and her three children Zoe (11), Parker (7) and Payton (7) 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 11-year-old, as well as classes during the week with my younger children."  Read More

FATHER/DAUGHTER SPOTLIGHT:
PAUL AND BECCA CHASE

When Paul Chase and his daughter, Becca (now age 16), first joined Universal Athletic Club three years ago, 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, and they really enjoy the sport!” - 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
featuring Parisi Speed School

“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

MORE SPORTS PERFORMANCE TESTIMONIALS! click here


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

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) 

 

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LES MILLS
GRIT SERIES

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!

 

THRIVE FUNCTIONAL TRAINING

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!

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- John Villella - Read John's amazing story!