MAC provides a healthy and relaxing environment, allowing each member to reach his or her personal best.
About the MAC and Doug & Nancy Mahlum
The Montana Athletic Club began construction in September of 1992 and was completed in 1993. At 20,000 square foot, this full-service facility has developed a loyal membership, and became a stalwart of the Bigfork community. During the past 25 years of operation, the Montana Athletic Club-Bigfork has maintained a robust business, through the vagaries of the national and local economies. In 2003, a major expansion allowed for continued member satisfaction. 2007 saw a major remodel, with the additional of 8,000 square feet of physical therapy, functional fitness and studios added in 2015. In 2018/19, another addition/remodel was completed. This added four more treatment rooms to RiverBend Physical Therapy, a 2,400 SF Functional Training area and extensive remodel of the lobby and lockerrooms, bringing total square footage to 32,000. Currently, the MAC has 2,500 members – in a town of 4,200 residents.
Doug has been in the fitness business for 33 years, most of those working with Jack Tawney on various facilities throughout Montana. They are partners in the Peak clubs in Great Falls and Missoula. Doug also does consulting work with his company Planetary Fitness Consulting, notably with The Wave in Whitefish, MT. He has also worked on facilities in New Hampshire, Minnesota, Hawaii, England and throughout Montana.
Nancy handles Member/Staff Relations and is integral in the planning and programming of the MAC. Nancy and Doug have been married 30 years and have two children, both of which have started off in their own careers. She constantly reminds Doug they need to retire, while Doug counters they need to get all the bills paid first!
MAC Management Team:
Christine Neu has been a certified Group Instructor for 35 years, has been a certified Personal trainer for 20 years, Spin certified for 14 years. Christine has worked for the Montana Athletic Club for 24 years as, a class instructor, personal trainer, sales associate, front desk manager, daycare manager, and currently Fitness Director for the last several years. She is married with two grown boys, loves Bigfork and her job!
Shawn has been working at the Front Desk since February of 2016 very loudly. Maybe someday he will learn to lower his volume a little but the enthusiasm is too powerful! He still has trouble remembering names but recognizes everyone and loves to try and brighten their day with goofy comments. His favorite part of the job is bringing a smile to faces any way he can. Happy (insert day here)!!
Lydia is a native of Big Sky country and graduated from MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY (GO BOBCATS!) with a degree in microbiology. In addition, she earned a Medical Technology Certification by attending the Columbus Hospital School of Medical Technology in Great Falls.
Upon completion of her degree, she worked in several laboratory settings in Seattle, WA, including positions as a Medical Technologist at both the Washington State Health Microbiology Department and the Microbiology Department at Swedish Hospital, and as a Molecular Biologist in cancer research for Bristol Myers Squibb.
After years of work in the laboratory setting, she and her family (husband Scott and two beautiful daughters, Kelsi and Keira) moved to the Philadelphia area where Lydia changed to the more people oriented occupation of teaching piano lessons . After 17 years and many recitals later, Lydia was FINALLY able to return to her Montana roots in 2014, landing in Bigfork, where she began working at the Montana Athletic Club as the Concierge, plus a few other duties that pop up on occasion!
She is a certified Spinning Instructor and enjoys teaching classes at the MAC. A former triathlete, you may find her in the pool, pounding the pavement, or cruising the valley on her bike! Unless, of course, her beloved SEAHAWKS are playing!! She loves her family, ministering at church, loves people, working out, and eating chocolate – the darker the better! Gifts or bribes always appreciated – drop off at the concierge desk!