About Us

Our Mission: We Make a Difference in People's Lives 

The Wisconsin Athletic Club (WAC) has been committed to providing the highest quality of service to our members since 1976. With local Milwaukee ownership, onsite daily management and our degreed/certified staff, the WAC organization has been honored locally and nationally year after year as one of the finest private athletic club groups in the U.S. 

Our History:

March 28, 1976
A few Milwaukee businessmen co-founded, built and operated our very first club in West Allis. It was originally an 8-court racquetball and social club called "The Racquetball Club." At the West Allis club in the 70's you would have found a fireplace, large lounge areas and couches, pull-out bleachers off the glass court, liquor lockers and a single Nautilus machine downstairs. Members enjoyed cocktail and tournament parties while watching national racquetball tours and US champions visit the club. 

The Racquetball Club

July 1976
Due to a rapid increase in membership (900!) the club expands to 12 courts and members’ bar

August 1977
The Racquetball Club Northridge opens with 12 courts and 800 members

March 1978
The Racquetball Club Waukesha opens with 10 courts a bar, lounge and 900 members

June 1979
The West Allis Club expands to 16 courts with an outdoor pool and is renamed West Allis Racquetball and Fitness Club

March 1980
The club owners meet several other club owners in Chicago to form IHRSA – International Health & Racquet Sports Club Association. IHRSA is the most respected club group organization in the industry and is made up of over 9,750+ high quality athletic clubs and 740 supplier companies in 78 countries worldwide. 

IHRSA - Success by Association

June 1983
West Allis outdoor pool enclosed. Clubs change name to West Allis, Northridge and Waukesha Athletic Clubs

November 1985
Waukesha adds indoor pool and whirlpool, expands locker rooms and adds additional fitness space

Clubs continue to add members, fitness equipment and expanded fitness programs

June 1997
Negotiations begin with Froedtert Hospital and Creative Rehabilitation to develop a new club at the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center in Wauwatosa

June 1998
The old Club Universe real estate in Greenfield/Hales Corners is purchased and remodeled. Club names change to Wisconsin Athletic Club (WAC)

Wisconsin Athletic Club (WAC)

September 1998
WAC Greenfield/Hales Corners opens

May 1999
A firehouse from the early 1900s is redesigned to house WAC Wauwatosa

Wauwatosa Firehouse Historical Photo

July 1
WAC in Downtown Milwaukee opens in the 6th floor of the 411 Building on Wisconsin Avenue

March 2000
IHRSA names WAC “Number One Racquetball Club in the Nation!”

WAC ranked #1 by IHRSA

Summer 2000
West Allis and Waukesha remodel and add new fitness equipment

September 2000
The five WAC's now total 10,000 memberships, 14,000 members and nearly 300 employees

September 2001
Staff education program, WAC University, is launched

October 2002
WAC Greenfield expands with 5,000 square foot addition

May 2004
WAC Wauwatosa club is expanded to over 45,000 square feet making it the largest WAC club

June 2005
WAC West Allis adds a personal training studio, a women’s only workout area and becomes the first club in Milwaukee to be open and staffed 24 hours a day

August 2005
New WAC Business Office opens in West Allis

October 2006
WAC North Shore opens as the sixth club in the WAC family

October 2008
WAC Greenfield adds a personal training studio

August 2009
WAC selected to manage Johnson Control Fitness Center

May 2010
WAC forms strategic partnership with Milwaukee Athletic Club allowing reciprocal member usage

August 2010
WAC Downtown undergoes a complete remodeling including new equipment

November 2013
WAC Menomonee Falls opens as a brand new 47,500 square foot complete fitness center including indoor and outdoor pools

June 2014
WAC designs, opens and manages the Fitness Center at Kohl’s Corporate Wellness Center.

December 2015
WAC Downtown remodels 6th floor and expands to include 7,500 square feet on 5th floor.

March 2016
WAC celebrates 40 years of fun, friends and fitness!

September 2016
WAC Brookfield opens as a 58,000 square foot club featuring an indoor and outdoor aquatic center, gym, innovative personal training studio, four group exercise studios, state-of-the-art fitness areas and the adult playground area. (WAC Waukesha Closes.)