Our History

Jacksonville Health Club History

Our History
Originally, “Onslow Spa” opened with just a 4,200 sq ft facility and featured the only steam room, sauna and whirlpool in the area. The spa included a small workout area of six stations, one universal, two manual treadmills (electric treadmills had not be invented yet) and five stationary bikes. Our Jacksonville gym offered very limited aerobic classes and childcare.

Back then, men and women did not work out together, so there were alternating days. In the mid 80’s we introduced co-ed workouts on Saturday nights and gradually expanded to a full-time co-ed facility.

We added the only indoor heated pool in June of 1982 and a second whirlpool. Then rapidly expanded our workout floor, added a large group fitness studio and enlarged the kids club.

Our Experience
Since opening in 1981, Onslow Fitness has been committed to providing a comfortable atmosphere, personalized service, and innovative programs in a clean and safe environment. Our mission has always been, to enrich the lives of our members.

Over our 35+ year history, our gym in Jacksonville has maintained the same ownership and management, while continuing to evolve with the changing needs of our members, upgrading not only the physical facility itself but the programs we offer.

The current management team of Onslow Fitness has over 87 years of combined experience in the fitness industry and we are proud to hold these esteemed accreditation and affiliations of our industry

Remodel and Renovation
In September of 2018, Onslow Fitness was hit hard by Hurricane Florence and the damage was devastating. Rather than throw in the towel, we decided to turn tragedy into opportunity and completely renovate the facility. The newly remodeled club opened in December, 2018 with a new expanded fitness floor with improved layout, new equipment in the weight room and the cardio area, added turf area for stretching/kettlebell workouts/training access, new flooring club-wide including state-of-the-art fitness floor, a completely remodeled childcare room and last but not least a locker room remodel/update.