Paul and Lila Reed took over a 17,000 sf failing facility in Gresham, turning it around and purchasing it in 1987. Mt Hood Athletic Club was born and grew and prospered there for 17 years. In 2002, MHAC got the opportunity to take over the failing Sandy “Shape it up Shack”, a 8,000 sf fitness only facility in Sandy, Oregon. The previous owner contacted Paul and knew Paul would make it fly under his leadership. Thus was MHAC/Sandy born. It became clear very quickly that Sandy folks wanted more than just fitness, so the idea for the “Big” club was born.
Planning started in 2004 (after the Gresham Facility sold to LA Fitness). The Reeds started construction on the new MHAC in Sept. of 2005 and it was completed in Dec. 2006. We opened with 50,000 SF of pools, racquetball, fitness, spinning, basketball gym, café and extra services.