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Advertorial: Heart at the core of Overdrive Athletic Club

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Published 10:48 PDT, Fri October 4, 2019

Last Updated: 5:24 PDT, Fri October 4, 2019

Richmond’s Overdrive Athletic Club, on Elmbridge Way offers something different from other commercial gyms–heart. If you buy a membership and haven’t been in for a while, staff will call you to see if you are OK and to see if there is something they can do to help you stick to your fitness goals.  

While there is no pressure to buy a membership, they offer ongoing support to every member.  

Another difference this 10-year-old business offers is that they concentrate on Crossfit in both their classes of 10 to 15 people and on an individual basis with your own trainer. 

Once you have made a fitness plan with a qualified trainer, they monitor your progress with you, encouraging and altering the plan as you progress. 

According to gym owner Marco Tan, “as a new member, there is a 45-minute assessment with the coaches to test your fitness level. After that we will find the right class for you. Prices range from $160 to $200 per month.”

Tan points out that this service actually costs less than most commercial gym memberships if you combine it together with personal training. At overdrive, they have the best of group classes, personal training, coaching, programming, and community support all under one roof. 

He also points out that if you run into challenges, the club has a number of professionals such as physiotherapists and massage therapists that they can refer you to so that you can remain active while undergoing rehab.

“We don’t want to be like other gyms where they just sell, sell, sell membership,” Tan says.

In order to keep their service levels high and to ensure that all members are properly coached, they try to keep a maximum membership base of 150 people.

Overdrive athletic club is committed to help each member get their money’s worth.  

“Our goal is a consistent fitness lifestyle for each member,” Tan says. 

Overdrive athletic club also supports our community, running fundraisers for Children’s Hospital, the Richmond Christmas Fund, the Cancer Society, and Orbis Canada. Their next fundraiser is for Canuck Place Children’s Hospice. 

Tan says, “We are not a big corporate gym, nor do we want to be. We are here for people's health not money.”


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