Woodside Health & Tennis Club, located in Westwood, Kansas, aims to offer a community of health, wellness and lifestyle for its members — and in doing so, they do not cut any corners.
“We provide our members with everything they need in order to achieve their wellness goals,” said Katie Swetala, Woodside’s managing director. “We aren’t just a gym. We aren’t just a health club. We are a means to becoming your best possible self — whether it’s through physical fitness, nutrition, stress management, or just building an active, healthy lifestyle.”
Swetala added that Woodside, which offers more than 100 group exercise classes a week, is known for services that exceed client expectations, and it starts with an investment in the staff.
The club’s personal training department is filled with educated career trainers, each equipped with an Ortho-Kinetics certification. “Members receive a three-hour complimentary Ortho-Kinetics Assessment when they join,” Swetala explained. “This provides them with invaluable information about their body and programming that is completely personalized.”
Swetala said that by investing in trainers’ education and careers, Woodside is confident they are developing the best trainers possible. “And with very low turnover, they are highly visible in the club, which helps make them approachable,” she said of the trainers. “They wear ‘Ask Me Anything’ buttons so members know they can use them as a resource, whether they are a client or not.”
Beyond the initial assessment, which Swetala said is the club’s attempt to get members off on the right foot, Woodside boasts several luxury amenities. “Our full-service Woodside Kitchen provides whole nutrition options morning, noon and night, making it easy for members to make healthy choices,” she explained.
In addition, Woodside is equipped with a spa and an in-house naturopathic physician who offers a variety of wellness testing.
“We are constantly investing in our spaces to ensure that we provide members not only with industry-leading equipment and facilities, but also creative and positive environments,” she said. “Every detail matters.”
The club is also able to offer its members and staff a community feel. The impact Woodside makes in the greater Kansas City area reaches beyond its four walls. “Woodside Health & Tennis Club is at the core of the Woodside Village project, a sustainable, active community that is revitalizing a central area of Kansas City,” said Swetala.
She said the project is currently in the development stage and some residential units and retail spaces have already been established. The next phase of the project will see a club expansion.
Swetala said the long-term goal is providing healthy, sustainable, locally-focused wellness programming to not just Woodside members and Village residents, but the entire surrounding community.
It’s not always all business at Woodside, though. Swetala said the club has a vibrant social calendar, naming annual member appreciation events, wine-tastings, poolside music sessions and tennis socials as a few of the events that can be found going on around the club at any given time.
“We believe that providing opportunities to be engaged, enlightened and entertained is part of our role in comprehensive wellness,” added Swetala.