About Us

Get Fit at the Yakima Athletic Club

With national statistics reporting that 70.4% of Americans are overweight, and 38% of that group being considered obese, there is no getting around it - we are in the midst of an obesity epidemic.  What's even more critical is that this is a trend that hurts EVERYONE, not just the overweight individual.  Increasingly poor health, diminishing productivity are just a couple of symptoms that put strains on our health care system and our whole economy.

We here at Yakima Athletic Club and YAC Fitness are DRIVEN to make fitness and better health fun and part of everyone's life. To us, it’s all about results, and we are there every step of the way to make that happen for you.  We will provide the help and support our members need to live the best life they can.

Yakima Athletic Club and YAC Fitness are the premier health and fitness facilities in Yakima, Washington.  With over 38 years in the fitness industry, we have the proven experience to research and provide the most updated equipment, the latest in fitness programming lead by truly knowledgeable, professional staff, and facilities our members are proud of. We have everything it takes to guide our members towards healthier and fit lifestyles.  It starts with making everyone feel welcome and comfortable and ends with you getting results you want.

Club History

 

Yakima Athletic Club was built in 1978, originally named The Racquet Club. It offered 8 racquetball courts, and 4 tennis courts, plenty of viewing and lounge areas, men’s & women’s locker rooms, and a front desk area with a snack bar. The club was designed to be just that, a racquet club. The original concept and club was the brainchild of Earl Pratt and Max Vincent.

With the 1980s and the fitness boom, the owners decided to move forward and take the club to the next level. Earl took on full ownership and brought his son Steve Pratt into the business. Eventually, son Mike Pratt also came into the business and the club became a family owned, locally owned health and fitness business in Yakima.

In 1986, the name was changed to the Yakima Athletic Club and the facility has experienced several renovations and expansions to provide facilities for the ever growing programs. In 1998, a second fitness facility was built in Terrace Heights to achieve the goal of giving more people access to top notch fitness facilities in Yakima. They bought into the Gold’s Gym franchise for the new Terrace Heights facility. Gold’s Gym, at the time, was a viable brand and provided instant name recognition.

Feeling the limitations of the franchising agreement, the owners took the next step in 2006 and changed the name for the Terrace Heights facility (Gold’s Gym) to YAC Fitness. With the same progressive staff and ownership, the change enables further growth in Terrace Heights as a premier fitness and training center, in facilities, programming, and services.  As of 2014, Steve Pratt became sole owner of the Yakima Athletic Club and YAC Fitness and continues to provide excellence in fitness clubs and programs to the Yakima Valley.

Yakima Athletic Club is a member of IHRSA, FITLIFE, IDEA Health and Fitness Association, Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce, and the Yakima Visitors and Convention Bureau, and a long-time supporter of the Yakima Greenway, Sunrise Rotary, Hard Core Runners Club and various non-profits within our community.

In 2017, we have developed a partnership with Junior Achievement and are sponsors of a store front in JA BizTown - we believe in physical fitness as well as fiscal fitness and are excited to be a part of JA's community in leading our youth to a better understanding of how incorporating fitness into your lifestyle can bring many positive benefits.  An investment in your health can be one of the most cost effective steps you can take for your personal health care.

Key Staff

StaffThe Yakima Valley Racquet Club, Inc. d/b/a Yakima Athletic Club and YAC Fitness employs and trains highly qualified individuals. While most of our professional fitness staff hold 4-yr college degrees related to health and fitness, we also require a minimum nationally-accredited certification appropriate for each department. These include American Council on Exercise, American Federation of Fitness Association, and Aquatic Exercise Association. We invest and train our fitness staff with the nationally-accredited National Academy of Sports Medicine, dotFit Weight management systems, and Les Mills Group Fitness systems. We also require American Red Cross certifications for our lifeguards and our swim instructors are Water Safety Instructor certified. We require background checks for all staff working directly with our youth.

Giving Back

In-Kind Donations of Yakima Athletic Club and YAC Fitness Gift Memberships

We have been a proactive partner within the Yakima community with a goal to positively impact the quality of life for our members and employees who live and work in the Yakima County.   Since 1978, Yakima Athletic Club (and 1998 for YAC Fitness) we have shared our good fortune by giving back through financial support to select charities and through the donation of in-kind gift memberships to a wide variety of groups for fundraising events, such as raffles or silent auctions. Over the past 38 years, Yakima Athletic Club and YAC Fitness have contributed in kind or financial support of over a half-million dollars in support of our community.

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