Board Member Meredith Glick on What Sets Galter LifeCenter’s Swimming Program Apart

by Kristin Goddard | Oct 30, 2017
Galter LifeCenter was recently rated Chicago Reader’s top gym for 2017, and it’s clear to see why. It’s more than just a state-of-the-art facility. It’s a family in which the needs of its members come first.

We talked with Meredith Glick—one of Galter LifeCenter’s board members, a super-user of the facility and member of the Swedish Fish swim team—to learn what Galter LifeCenter means to her and why she chose to take a leadership position to help further its mission.


1. How long have you been a member at Galter LifeCenter?

I have been a member at Galter LifeCenter for the past 10 years.


2. Why did you choose Galter LifeCenter?

I chose Galter LifeCenter specifically because of the pool and Masters swim team. I really wanted to get back into shape after my second child and I felt at home at Galter LifeCenter. There are a lot of other moms and no judgement!


3. What services at Galter LifeCenter do you utilize the most?

I have been a proud member of the Swedish Fish for the past nine years. Not only are the coaches amazing (Billy Cordero, Matt Weaver, Peter Marcy, Grant Sutton and Marissa Filippo), but the team has such a welcoming feel. It is an amazing group of swimmers ranging in age from 18 to 80 years old, from record breaking sprinters to long-distance endurance swimmers, and we welcome all swim levels from past competitors to those who have never been to a swim meet. Our mission is to build community through swimming. If we are not having fun, we know that we are not doing it right.


4. What made you decide to get involved as a board member?

I wanted to be a board member to build community with the staff and other members at Galter. I think Galter LifeCenter is a different kind of gym and I want to see it continue to be unique and serve its members.


5. How does your role as a member influence your work as a board member?

In case it wasn't already obvious, I love swimming. I would like to see Galter LifeCenter continue to support and cultivate the Masters Program as well as other learn-to-swim initiatives. The Swedish Fish swim team has given me confidence in my athletic ability and introduced me to people that I now consider some of my closest friends.  Exercising is one thing, being healthy mentally and physically is another.


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