September 19, 2021

Fort Monmouth getting new fitness attraction in Fort Athletic Club

OCEANPORT – The finishing touches are being added to the Fort Athletic Club, a new attraction at the former Fort Monmouth that’s nearly six years in the making. 

The club’s ownership, Fort Partners Group, will hold its ribbon cutting for the 50,000-square foot fitness facility Tuesday, after investing $15 million to purchase and renovate the U.S. Army’s former physical fitness center. The Club will open on Oct. 1. 

“I think we created something really great here. Everybody involved here is family-oriented, and we built this for families,” said Scott Marchakitus of Fair Haven, the group’s CEO and founding member. 

The Fort Athletic Club partners (l-r): Chris Champeau, Delia Hamlet, Scott Marchakitus (also CEO) and Matt Wright gather Wednesday, September 8, 2021, near the star at the center of the basketball court at the soon to be opened club on the former Fort Monmouth property in Oceanport.

About the fitness club

The club, which will be open to the public via memberships, combines several fitness boutique studios under one roof. Each one has a military reference to honor the legacy of the fort, which closed in 2011: Earn Your Stripes, a high-intensity workout; Flight School Cycle, immersive cycling; Hot Zone, featuring hot yoga; and Base Ops, strength cardio, dance and performance training.  

The Club’s Command Center uses technology-infused biocircuit equipment, which are fitness machines with artificial intelligence that learn a person’s skill set and create a custom workout. 

An indoor hardwood floor basketball gymnasium with the Club’s logo of a general’s star at center court and soon-to-be-completed outdoor soccer fields will be used for area youths and aspiring college athletes.   

The soon to open Fort Athletic Club shown Wednesday, September 8, 2021, on the former Fort Monmouth property in Oceanport.

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Members can enjoy smoothies or coffee at the Canteen or buy food at the Mess Hall.  

A legacy hire 

In another nod to the fort’s legacy, one of the group’s first hires is retired Lt. Col. John Occhipinti, who served at the fort as an active member of the military and as a civilian during its decommissioning and transition to the private sector as the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority’s direct liaison to the Army.