"It is obvious that the management of the gym has the highest standards when it comes to staffing the facility with the most knowledgeable and experienced personnel possible."

"Every day in every way I am getting better and better. Since coming to Armstrong Athletic Club I am able to do things that most people take for granted."

"I have exceeded my fitness goals. I feel stronger and more self-confident than I ever thought possible."


Mission Statement

To inspire individuals to develop and enjoy a healthier lifestyle.


  • We WILL be one of the top U.S. health clubs and a model for the industry nationally.
  • We WILL strive to help our members achieve their goals at every level of the organization.
  • We WILL retain our members by practicing superior customer service and remembering our customers come first.
  • We WILL provide our members with an environment that is safe, clean, welcoming, friendly, and fun.
  • We WILL educate our members and the community at large in the field of health and wellness.
  • We WILL foster the personal and professional growth of all staff.
  • We WILL provide an environment that encourages the creative input of all staff.
  • We will strive to hire college educated staff in the area of personal training.
  • We WILL strive to be a profitable business able to annually reinvest in improving our services, facilities and personnel.


We believe people should be supported, encouraged, and empowered to achieve their highest potential. We want to assist our members in obtaining their highest level of health and happiness through assessment, education, monitoring and planning.

Mission Statement
Improved Quality of Life
Individualized Services
Qualified Professionals
Premier Facility

Armstrong Athletic Club Corporate Membership Limited Offer

Gastonia’s premier fitness center is pleased to announce a very special offer for you and your employees. Reward your staff with the gift of health through Armstrong’s Corporate Membership Program. For only $35/month* (regularly $50/month) your employees will get:

  • Unlimited usage of our state-of-the-art equipment
  • 8 private showers
  • Access to private lockers
  • Complimentary sweat towels
  • Shower Towel Service ($1/towel fee)
  • Gastonia’s best and most qualified trainers
  • Flexible hours before, during and after work
  • $25/month spouse membership
  • Minimum age is waived for Corporate Memberships

Studies show your company will get:

  • Fewer employee illnesses and sick leaves1, 3
  • Improved punctuality, performance and morale1
  • Higher employee retention
  • Lower health care costs1, 2, 3

And if that’s not enough, we’re happy to provide the reporting and physical assessments most wellness programs require.

To let you experience Gastonia’s best gym firsthand, we’ve included a five-day pass. Just present it at the front desk when you come in. If you have any questions in the meantime, please give Gerry Durkee a call at 704.867.8900 or shoot him an email: gdurkee@armstrongathletic.com. But hurry, memberships are strictly limited to prevent overcrowding.

 *Minimum 5 participants/company

1Davis L, Loyo K, Glowka A, Schwertfeger R, Danielson L, Brea C, et al. “A Comprehensive Worksite Wellness Program in Austin, Texas: Partnership Between Steps to a Healthier Austin and Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority” Preventing Chronic Disease Public Health Research, Practice and Policy 2009;6(2) Centers for Disease Control. Web Feb 2010.

2Goetzel, Ron Z. PhD; Jacobson, Bert H. EdD; Aldana, Steven G. PhD; Vardell, Kris MS; Yee, Leslie MD, MPH. “Health Care Costs of Worksite Health Promotion Participants and Non-Participants” Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine (April 1998). Web April 2011.

3Sources: Aldana, SG. Financial Impact of Health Promotion Programs: A Comprehensive Review of the Literature, American Journal of Health Promotion, 2001; Chapman, LS, Meta-evaluation of Worksite Health Promotion Economic Return Studies, Art of Health Promotion, (2003); Chapman, LS, Meta-evaluation of Worksite Health Promotion Economic Return Studies: (2005 Update) Art of Health Promotion, (2005) p. 1-16. Web April 2011.

Armstrong Athletic Club’s premium courts lend themselves to play at all levels, whether you prefer racquetball, wallyball, or handball. Enjoy participating in weekly matches or more competitively in annual tournaments! Court reservations are available by contacting the reception desk. Please be sure proper care is taken to ensure safety by wearing appropriate footwear and equipment.

Here you will find current news articles about health and fitness! Navigate the below links to take you to the articles.

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Regular Exercise is the key to maintaining good heart health!  Visit Healthy Living @ msn.com by Clicking Here.

Healthy living and physical fitness are closely connected. Being physically fit not only helps people live healthy lives; it also helps people live longer with a better quality of life. The best way to keep physical activity and exercise a permanent part of one's life is to make it fun and enjoyable. If people are given different options of what they can do and have easy access to those options, they are more likely to participate in physical activity and exercise.

Armstrong Athletic Club embraces this philosophy as it offers a wide variety of activities for their members. Group exercise classes are offered on a daily basis throughout the week in the morning and evening for members’ convenience. The facility also offers diversity with its’ state-of-the-art strength training and cardiovascular equipment. Members enjoy the value of a quiet, clean facility where they can listen with Cardio Theater to the any of the four, 40" flat screen televisions through their headphones while exercising on any of the cardio equipment.

Armstrong Athletic Club is not your typical athletic club – in fact, it appears to be unique in the country. The newly-constructed, 14,435 square foot, state-of-the-art facility targets men and women 25 years of age and older and the issues related to this specific age group. By limiting the number of memberships and by following an exclusivity model, Armstrong Athletic Club is able to focus on personally assisting each member with their fitness goals.

Heart rate monitors are no longer required but still recommended, especially if you go through our metabolic testing. This makes it possible to use heart rate zones to control each workout, whether it is racquetball, resistance training or group exercise classes. By teaching members about heart rates, they have learned to work smarter, not harder, to achieve their fitness goals.

Customer service is outstanding at Armstrong Athletic Club. Staff constantly monitor members' activity in the gym by talking with them and offering ideas and solutions to ensure each member's needs are met.

Armstrong Athletic Club is the leader in the health and fitness industry in our community.

Although Armstrong Athletic Club is trademarked for its Personal Training, we also understand the need for other health services that integrate a total wellness program for our members. All members can benefit from utilizing any one of our many specialized services. The following services are provided by our professional staff to assist our members in meeting their personal goals.

  • Metabolic Testing
  • Exercise Metabolic Testing or VO2 Max
  • Resting Metabolic Rate Testing
  • Comprehensive Fitness Assessment
  • Personal Training
  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation
  • And many more....

Armstrong Athletic Club’s Professional Staff and their Credentials

The professional staff at Armstrong Athletic Club is very well diversified within the health care and fitness industries. Each of the staff members has acquired a bachelors or masters education within a health related field which is required in order for them to be credentialed as a Certified Athletic Trainer or a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Together with education and experience our staff is able to provide our member population with the knowledge, direction, and training it takes to be successful in achieving their goals whether it be training for an athletic event, rehabilitating an orthopedic injury, improving your body’s flexibility and balance, and most importantly to improve your quality of life! Below you will find information regarding the credentials that our professional staff hold along with links to our certifying professional organizations.

What is a Certified Athletic Trainer?

Certified athletic trainers are allied health care professionals educated and trained in the prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries. Their primary practice area, as defined by the American Medical Association, is physical medicine and rehabilitation. Granted, certified athletic trainers are best known for keeping star running backs and other college and professional athletes on the field. But in today’s health care environment, they can help students and employees avoid injury and illness through supervision and prevention while also reducing downtime after injuries occur. The result is fewer lost or restricted days for your star athlete or top manufacturing line operator if an unavoidable injury occurs.

The certified athletic trainer’s education prepares him/her for a career in the allied health care field. Continuing education and experience working with athletes and non-athletes alike help an AT continually improve patient skills. Certified athletic trainers have proved especially capable in the following areas:

  • Significantly reducing re-injury rates
  • Reducing time loss from non-surgical injuries
  • Treating musculoskeletal injuries

    Achieving all of this with the same or better outcomes than other allied health care professionals

There’s a good reason company heads, hospital directors and school administrators are turning to certified athletic trainers to help improve health care conditions and cut costs at their respective locales. Much of it has to do with the clinical and academic education required to become an AT. All certified athletic trainers or licensed athletic trainers must hold at least a bachelor’s degree, and 70 percent of ATs have a master’s degree or a doctorate degree. The curricula and continuing education cover such areas as:

  • Pathology
  • Assessment of injury and illness
  • General medical conditions and disabilities
  • Emergency care
  • Pharmacology
  • Injury prevention and risk management
  • Medical/legal issues

After degree completion, ATs must pass a national certification exam designed to test athletic trainers’ ability to resolve cases similar to those they might encounter in actual practice. The examination covers topics within the six practice domains of athletic training: Prevention; Clinical Evaluation and Diagnosis; Immediate Care; Treatment, Rehabilitation and Reconditioning; Organization and Administration; and Professional Development. Medically related continuing education course work is required in order to maintain certification and, in most states, licensure.

The U.S. Department of Labor and the American Medical Association classify certified athletic trainers as allied health care professionals. ATs are regulated in 44 states. The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), founded in 1950 with 200 members, now has a worldwide membership of 30,000. More than 80 percent of all certified athletic trainers belong to NATA.

Certified athletic trainers have proven value at the clinic level. Their education, clinical experience and health care expertise mean they are capable of performing many duties to help patients achieve a faster recovery. Clinics outsource athletic training services to businesses, secondary schools, colleges, universities and professional teams. Additionally, one midwest community health network has used ATs in many roles, including: working directly with occupational health physicians, providing ergonomic analysis, education and training throughout the clinical network, coordinating and/or implementing all employee on-the job rehabilitation services, and Managing and operating the fitness center

Testimonials from employers:

"I realized early on in my career that ATCs are the only health care professionals who devote their entire education and professional lives to taking care of active people. My patients experience excellent outcomes as a result of therapy provided by ATCs. My patients love working with them. ATCs are a value added service to my practice. I could not do without them."

- Thomas D. Kohl, MD, Family Practice Physician; Director, Sports Medicine, Comprehensive Athletic Treatment Center, Wyomissing, PA

" I am a Pediatrician who specializes in Pediatric Emergency Medicine and have a personal interest in Sports Medicine. I have had the opportunity to work closely with Athletic Trainers as the mother of three teenage athletes. I have relied on them to provide the guidance for rehabbing injuries, for taping joints and providing guidance to prevent re-injury. I have also witnessed Athletic Trainers on the sidelines/court side making quick assessments of severity of injury and initiating therapy to prevent further injury."

"Professionally I have had the honor of working with an experienced Athletic Trainer as part of our comprehensive Sports Medicine program. This athletic trainer is a vital part of the assessment, therapeutic and educational team. Not only does she teach the patients/parents about the injury and rehab program but she plays a crucial part in the education of medical students, residents and fellows. Education of pediatric residents in the area of Sports Medicine is fundamentally important as more and more young children are becoming year-round athletes. Our Athletic Trainer provides the expertise we need when dealing with these young athletes."

-- Leslie Mihalov, MD, Chief of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Associate Director, Pediatric Residency Program, Children's Hospital, Columbus, OH

"I am a primary care sports medicine specialist and I work in the high school, college and clinic settings in sports medicine. I have worked closely with athletic trainers for 18 years. Athletic trainers play an indispensable role in the care of athletes in all of those settings. In the high school setting, the athletic trainers are frequently the main point person in initially evaluating and treating sports injuries. Athletic trainers have to be well-versed in treating problems from blisters to life-threatening problems such as heat illness and cardiac arrest. The key component is preparation for the worst problems that can occur."

"Athletic trainers need to disseminate information in an understandable way for parents, athletes and coaches. They play an essential role in patient information in the world of sports medicine. They also oversee rehabilitation, appropriate strength conditioning and nutritional programs."

"In summary, athletic trainers are an essential part of the health care team in sports medicine. They play a central role both by their actions and their preparation."

-- Joe Congeni, M.D. Medical Director of Sports Medicine, Akron Children's Hospital, Akron, OH

"The educational background of a certified athletic trainer is the perfect preparation for assisting an orthopedic surgeon. The knowledge of musculoskeletal anatomy, function and clinical experience in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders is virtually unmatched, even amongst medical students. I believe that ATCs are the best physician extenders, and I use them in that role daily."

-- Ron Clark, MD, Valparaiso (IN) Orthopaedic Clinic

"I always believed that the ATC was a perfect fit for industry because of the very nature of the injuries being musculoskeletal. The early intervention of sprains and strains by an ATC has a huge impact on cost. Athletic trainers also fit this setting because of their training and ergonomic curiosity. ATCs find out why injuries happen and then come up with creative ways to treat and train the "industrial athlete" who has to work 8+ hours a day not just a 2 hour practice."

- Ken Kopke, AT retired, Founder, President, Athletic Training Services, Inc.

What is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)?


The Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) program was created in 1985 to identify individuals who possess the knowledge and skills to design and implement safe and effective strength and conditioning programs for athletes in a team setting. The credentialing program encourages a higher level of competence among practitioners and raises the quality of strength training and conditioning programs provided by those who are CSCS certified. Today, more than 21,000 professionals from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds hold this prestigious credential. This diverse group includes strength coaches, athletic trainers, physical therapists, personal trainers, physicians, chiropractors, researchers and educators.

The NSCA Certification Commission® is the only fitness organization to be nationally accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) since 1993. This means that an unbiased third party (NCCA) has reviewed our Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) and NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer® (NSCA-CPT®) certification programs and verified that they are valid and reliable and demonstrate key characteristics of competency requirements for personal trainers and strength and conditioning specialists.

Since the NSCA’s inception in 1978, the organization has had a focus on strength train­ing and conditioning. The certification exams focus on the “real-world” responsibilities of personal trainers and strength and conditioning professionals. The exams have been validated; this process signifies that individuals are tested over the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to be competent in their respective professional career areas.

The CSCS and NSCA-CPT credentials have gained the reputation among employers and industry experts as being the most respected and preferred fitness-related credentials.

The exams are considered to be the most difficult in the industry to earn, which is one of the reasons why they are highly respected and why those who have acquired these credentials display a great deal of pride in having earned them. The pass rate for the CSCS exam is 65.5%, and the pass rate for the NSCA-CPT exam is 54.9%.

Testimonials from employers:

Obtaining the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certification gives athletic trainers the opportunity to establish themselves as leaders in their allied health profession and open doors for themselves professionally. When hiring, I seek out CSCS certified athletic trainers because they have demonstrated they possess the knowledge needed to develop sport-specific strength training and conditioning programs for athletes."

--Dr. Don Chu, PT, ATC, CSCS,*D; NSCA-CPT,*D

"Obtaining the prestigious CSCS credential is both challenging and rewarding for athletic trainers. The reliability and credibility of the exam identifies the professionals who have the specialized expertise needed to design safe and effective, performance enhancing strength training and conditioning programs for athletes, which directly translates into enhanced career opportunities for athletic trainers."

--Dr. Bill Holcomb, ATC, CSCS,*D

"Sports medicine professionals recognize how the CSCS exam identifies individuals who have demonstrated their level of competence and knowledge in strength training and conditioning that can be trusted. By hiring CSCS certified athletic trainers, I feel I provide my athletes with a competitive edge in the training room as well as in our strength and conditioning facility."

--Mr. Dan Wathen, ATC, CSCS,*D; NSCA-CPT,*D

"In these times of information and education, the NSCA Certification Commission's Credentials assure both - that is their real power. To be successful in the fitness industry, the CSCS and NSCA-CPT credentials should be the credentials of choice for every fitness professional."

--Juan Carlos Santana, MEd, CSCS,*D

"As an internationally recognized consultant, I convince every club owner and manager with whom I consult that the CSCS or the NSCA-CPT credential must be required for a personal trainer to be promoted to the senior level, which entitles them to a higher pay scale and the potential to be promoted to a management position with their organization."

--Bob Esquerre, NSCA-CP

You can visit our certifying organizations by following these links:

National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA): www.nata.org

National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) www.nsca-lift.org

While other gyms work really hard to get you to join, we put all our efforts into making sure you keep coming back. 80% of people who join gyms quit after the first three months and never return. While that might be a great business model for other places, it goes against everything we believe in. Truth is, we’d rather have 500 healthy and happy members than 3,000 who never show up.
Our Pledge

Golf Fitness - What is it?

Golf fitness isn’t about looking like a bodybuilder or the best player on Tour. It’s about being fit to play the game at an individual’s highest level and doing so without causing injury. It’s about understanding how a body’s limitations can influence the golf swing and how to address those limitations through the proper channels; whether it’s through swing instruction, physical rehabilitation or strength and conditioning exercise. It’s about understanding the latest technology and how that technology can be implemented to increase performance. A TPI Certified Professional can quickly identify your physical restrictions that may be limiting the player’s swing, and simple techniques to improve these limitations.

TPI believes golfers will benefit the most from a healthy and efficient body. TPI does not believe in one way to swing a club, rather in an infinite number of swing styles. But, we do believe there is one efficient way for every player to swing and it is based on what the player can physically do. The most efficient swing is not the same for every golfer, because efficiency is unique to their body.

TPI Screen

To achieve an efficient swing, a golfer must first be screened. This screen involves an assessment of swing mechanics and biomechanics, physical fitness, movement quality, current health and a client history.

Once this screen is finished, the results are used to create a plan unique for that golfer. The plan may include fitness training, rehabilitation and treatment, coaching of swing mechanics and biomechanics, nutrition, mental strategy or all of the above.

A golfer will see the greatest improvement by surrounding themselves with a team of experts. Similarly, any professional in the golf industry will see their clients benefit most by themselves being part of a network or team of professionals.

Click here  to view a brochure about TPI.

We assign you a fitness coach and together we map out your goals and assess your overall health. We measure your RMR (Resting Metabolic Rate) to establish a baseline of the minimum calories your body needs in a day with no exercise. At the same time, we measure your AMR (Active Metabolic Rate) that tells us the heart rate at which you burn the most fat. We use these two numbers to calculate your optimal workout heart rate to achieve the best results. Lastly, we give you a monitor to use during all your exercises to ensure you’re always working out at your ideal heart rate. *

*Additional fees apply for coaching, assessment, RMR, AMR and heart rate monitor.

Armstrong Athletic Club
3372 Robinwood Road
Gastonia, North Carolina 28054

At Armstrong we strengthen your resolve as well as your body. Together we kill the can'ts, eliminate the lazies and trash every temptation that stands between you and the ultimate you. To get it done, we employ the world’s best fitness equipment, the most qualified trainers, the most proven fitness routines and the very latest science. All at a fraction of the cost you’d expect. The Armstrong Way is a proven program that will not only get you in the best shape of your life, it will help you stay that way. Together with our expert trainers, advanced equipment and proven routines, you’ll get the best possible results in the shortest amount of time with the least effort. In short, you’ll work out smarter not harder.