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The Beacon Hill Athletic Clubs

The Beacon Hill Athletic Clubs was the first locally owned health club company in Boston. We've been your neighborhood place to work out for over 25 years and have grown from our first small club on Beacon Hill to a network of seven facilities throughout Greater Boston. We offer the newest, state of the art weight training and cardio equipment, and the most innovative group exercise programs anywhere. We introduced STEP™ to Boston in the '80s, Pilates and cardioboxing in the '90s, MMA in the '00s, and the High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) concept in the '10s with our AfterBurn and ZONE5™ programs. From Pilates to Spinning™, yoga to jiu jitsu, we not only offer it, but also feature the most talented and motivating instructors anywhere.

We pride ourselves on convenient locations, sparkling clean facilities, and the friendliest, most engaging staff in the industry. We've been called "The Cheers of health clubs," and we couldn't be more proud of that comparison. Every neighborhood needs a local bar, a couple good restaurants, and a health club. We're happy to serve that role.

What makes our clubs unique is the comfortable, friendly feel the BHAC is known for. It's our staff that creates that feeling and has made the BHAC the Boston area's favorite neighborhood club for over 25 years. We're not owned by a big public company or a venture capital firm; we're owned by a bunch of guys from Newton, Melrose, and Brighton.

The BHAC Charitable Foundation

The BHAC also believes in giving back and was the first health club company in the world to form its own registered 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity, the BHAC Charitable Foundation. The clubs' founders established the Foundation in 1993 to raise the philanthropic consciousness of the BHAC's members and to promote grassroots charitable programs, both locally and around the world. Besides raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for deserving causes, the Foundation has been a pioneering force in the non-profit world, gaining international attention for its groundbreaking rescue and evacuation of civilians from the Balkan war in the late 1990s.

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Notable Events in BHAC History

  • October 1989 – BHAC founded, named “Top New Club” in the country by IHRSA
  • April 1992 – Beacon Hill Karate Academy opens
  • Sept.1992 – Second location opens at North Station; the chain gains a second link
  • June 1982 – BHAC Charitable Foundation founded
  • April 1993 – BHACCF initiates the “Bosnia-to-Boston Airlift” to rescue injured civilians from the Balkan war
  • October 1994 – The first BHACCF patient, seven-year-old Adnel Ramic, arrives from Bosnia
  • April 1995 – Named “Best of Boston” by Boston Magazine
  • March 1997 – BHAC hosts its first Fitness Challenge to benefit the Special Olympics; we eventually raise over $120,000
  • July 1998 – The third BHAC opens in West Newton
  • Nov. 1999 – Bosnia-to-Boston Airlift wraps up; BHACCF ships donated ambulance to Bosnia-Herzegovia along with teams of paramedics and relief workers
  • Oct. 2000 – BHAC #4 opens at the North End waterfront; va bene!
  • July 2002 – Brookline finally gets a BHAC; yasher koach!
  • Nov. 2004 – Oak Square (Brighton Center) location opens; locals rejoice!
  • Oct. 2007 – We go upscale: BHAC #7 opens in Wellesley’s new Linden Square
  • Jan. 2008 – Room to breathe: the Brighton/Cleveland Circle area is the site of the latest (and largest) club
  • May 2013 – AfterBurn High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) concept launched at Brighton location
  • Sept. 2013 – Beacon Hill location converted to new ZONE5™ HIIT concept
  • May 2014 – Rents are sky-high: Oak Square ends it 10-year run

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