We’re Celebrating 40 Years!

The Chatham Club is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year while saying farewell to its general manager, Chris Rutgers. She has been the face of the fitness club, as well as the driving force behind its continued growth for the past 25 years. “It has been an honor to be a part of the Club’s development,” Rutgers says. “I am proud of our family and community culture.”

During Rutgers’s tenure, the Club’s fitness space has tripled, its men’s and women’s locker rooms have been renovated three times, and weekly group exercise classes have doubled to 80 offerings, from HIIT, spinning, TRX and Zumba, to low-impact aerobics, barre, Pilates and yoga. In addition, there are now 18 certified personal trainers, a new outdoor fitness area, and Sports Performance Training for young athletes.

Specialized services available at The Chatham Club include physical therapy and massage therapy. It is also home to one of the northeast’s most renowned squash programs for juniors and adults, under the direction of Geoff Mitchell, a former squash professional who has ranked as high as #1 in his age group in the U.S.

“I am thankful for the owners’ commitment to the Club,” says Rutgers, “and for the freedom and trust that they have given me to constantly make improvements.”

Taking over as general manager is Darren Worts, who has been a personal trainer, and worked closely with Rutgers at The Chatham Club for 23 years. He received his Masters degree in Recreation, Sport and Fitness Management from Boston’s Northeastern University. Known around the state as a long-distance runner, Worts often participates in events to raise funds for such worthwhile causes as the Arthritis Foundation, the Leukemia Society, and the National Transplant Fund in honor of Abby Rutgers, Chris Rutgers’s daughter.

“My goal is to build on all that Chris has accomplished,” says Worts. ‘I plan on maintaining a good relationship with our members and the community, and keeping the Club at the cutting edge.”

Rutgers plans to maintain her ties with the community where she has long made her home, and will continue to perform some administrative duties for the Club.

The Chatham Club is located at 484 Southern Boulevard, Chatham, N.J. For membership information, contact Kirkland DeLaney at kirkland@chathamclub.com, or telephone 973-377-1900.

This item was submitted by Betsy Berry.