In 1853, a group of young men came together with an idea. An idea of transforming the lives of those who lived and worked in Cincinnati. Their goal was to improve the overall health, well-being, and day-to-day lives at both work and home. And these young visionaries saw the growing athletics movement as a way of achieving their aim. Their organization, then known as the Young Men’s Gymnastic Association, would change both themselves and their community and subsequently become a landmark in Cincinnati.
Over the years the organization has gone through many evolutions, changing both its name and location on several occasions. The Cincinnati Athletic Club, as the group is now known, constructed the current building in 1903. It has been a bedrock of Cincinnati culture ever since.
The Cincinnati Athletic Club has had many notable personalities as members, including U.S. presidents Rutherford B. Hayes, James A. Garfield, Benjamin Harrison, and William Howard Taft. Today the CAC continues to be home to Cincinnati’s best and brightest in business, politics, education and many other professions. As the oldest athletic organization in the country, the Cincinnati Athletic Club has set the standard in athletic and fitness excellence for over 150 years and has a rich history of athletic competition and community involvement. It offers Cincinnati a broad range of fitness facilities to improve its members' lives.