Harbour Island is one of Tampa's most exclusive addresses, but the same can't be said for the athletic club which bears its name, which has a relaxed "come on in, we're all friends here" kind of vibe. Sure, you're likely to be pumping iron next to a professional athlete or playing tennis on the same courts as 3-time Indianapolis 500 champion AND Dancing with the Stars Winner Helio Castroneves, who has been known to stop by during the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg week. But, you can also run into your neighbor, co-worker or a fellow mom club member in a pilates class.
"Our first question isn't where do you live?", said Brooke Reifinger, Membership Director at Harbour Island Athletic Club and Spa. "It's what do you like to do? What are you trying to accomplish? That's really our main focus." The club is a sports party that is open for everyone!
That focus on the customer is evident from the moment they join as a new member. Everyone, yes everyone receives $350 worth of club vouchers, two complimentary personal coaching sessions covering nutritional and lifestyle value, a free tennis assessment with one of three teaching pros, after which you'll receive a USTA rating. In addition, there's a pilates reformer session, a swimming lesson, $20 off the first massage and 10 percent off child care programs such as FIT KIDS AFTER SCHOOL or KIDS' SPLASH.
"I even had that Wow! factor when I started working here," said Reifinger. I didn't know this was here. There's so much to do and it's such a value to use it."
The 2,000 Harbour Island Athletic Club members have a laundry list of fitness activities to choose from, including 15 outdoor clay tennis courts, indoor basketball courts, racquetball, a spin studio, a yoga and pilates studio which overlooks the swimming pool, the aforementioned spa services and complimentary childcare and nursery facilities.
"Our staff really does make the difference, as far as our fitness pros," said Reifinger. Everybody is really good at what they do. We get the best of the best." The Harbour Island Athletic Club is a sports party that is open for everyone!
Cover photos provided by Harbour Island Athletic Club