Gary Mackler is one of the most experienced fitness professionals in the health club industry.
His career began as a (personal) fitness trainer with the Jack LaLane chain in New York in the early 70’s. He then carried his passion for fitness training to the California Division of Forestry as a Fitness Coach for new recruits.
Going from fitness training to membership enrollment and club management, his career hit a highlight with Gary opening of what U.S.A. Today called the most beautiful, advanced fitness club in America, The Holiday E.S.P.R.E. CENTRE, in a suburb of Washington D.C., in 1983.
In 1998, Gary was the General Manager of and helped open the first Western health clubs in China, with the record setting openings of California Fitness Centers, in Hong Kong, Wan Chai, and Kowloon.
The next step in Gary’s expansive career was to become an owner and operator of fitness clubs in Yorba Linda, California, Annapolis, Maryland and later West Palm Beach, Florida.
As a consultant in South Florida, Gary became familiar with and accepted the position as General Manager of Gold’s Gym Sebring, which he describes as one of the best designed and (foot per foot) best equipped fitness clubs he’s ever seen.