History of Red's 

At the age of 15, Red was a skinny red haired kid who was inspired by his Uncle Harold's muscles. Skinny Kid Red's dream was to be Mr. America and
to own a gym.
Red's dream was spurred on during a conversation with Joe Gold in 1953. Joe Gold (founder of Gold's Gyms and World Gym International) opened his first gym called "Ajax Gym" in New Orleans in 1953. Joe really seemed to like Red, even though he was a kid at the age of 17. One Saturday over lunch, Joe looked at a magazine with Bill Pearl on the cover and told Red that "You could win Mr. America one day". From that day, Joe became Red's mentor.

After Mr. New Orleans, Mr. Audubon Park, Mr. Navy, and several other titles, Red's dream was realized in 1960.
Mr. America 1960 Red Lerille won
the Mr. America
title in 1960
IronMan Magazine Strentgh & Health Magazine
With $250 dollars and a room full of hand-made equipment he built in his garage, chapter 2 of his dream came to light.
Just Boots On January 13, 1963 Red opened a 4,000 sq. ft. club in the building to the left. 1960 Weights
In 1965 Red Lerille's Health Club moved to its present location on Doucet Rd. 1965 Club 1965 Lockers 1965 Whirpool
1968 Club In 1968 Red's added a health food store run by Boyer Coe. Boyer Coe 1968 Sign
  Vinyl Pool Other additions included a vinyl-lined pool and more weights. 1968 Weights
1973 Club In 1973 two racquetball courts, 3 indoor tennis courts and a pro shop were added. 1973 Sign Thus we became "Red Lerille's Health & Racquet Club".
Racquet sports were very big in the 70's. By 1978 we had 10 outdoor tennis courts, 8 racquetball courts and 3 indoor tennis courts. The front entrance was moved along side the outdoor tennis courts. A permanent pool and lounge were also constructed. 1978 Entrance
The early 1980s brought lots more construction. A junior olympic 1980 Entrance pool, basketball court, indoor and outdoor jogging tracks, 1980 Kids Pool
Lap Pool 6 additional outdoor tennis courts, 4 additional racquetball courts, aerobic room, Basketball Construction nursery, children's pool and lots of
work-out area
were added.
The front entrance was moved to its current location and our 1st "card check desk" emerged. Round Front Desk The late 1980s brought lots of conversions. Racquetball courts were converted to co-ed and women's work-out areas, a cardio-equipment area and expanded aerobic room.
The 1990s brought the equipment age: treadmills, computerized cardio-equipment, step aerobic, spinning bikes, lots of gym equipment and tons of free weights. Cycling Weightroom
2000 Sign 2000 Entrance The club takes on a new look with new colors and graphics. Lots of refurbishing: the pool deck, outdoor track, parking lot, landscaping, pool cabana, nursery, office and the bar.
2000 Front Desk Early 2000 the construction is finally over. The new group exercise rooms, spinning room, new men's & women's locker rooms, additional exercise area, and new lounge are ready. Pool Destruction
2000 Riew  View 2000 Lounge   2000 Group Fitness
It's 2004 and we're under construction again. The kid's pool has been replaced with a mini children's waterpark including a zero entry pool, lazy river & water slide. Pool Mushroom The "Big Slide" is a "Big Hit"
Big Slide

Dodgeball is a huge success and keeps lots of youngsters happy while waiting for the slide this summer.

4th quarter 2004 brings a new pool-side snack bar and a new party room.   Ladies Lockerroom The Ladies' locker room gets a complete facelift.
Ground is broken for our next addition & 2005 is filled with lots of construction. Indoor Pool Construction Plans are underway for 2 indoor pools, new group fitness rooms and lots more.  
    Parking Lot Construction Lots of much needed parking spaces are added.
Summer of 2006, we are swimming in the indoor pools. Indoor Pool The Cold Plunge is a huge hit for the runners and others looking for some therapeutic benefit. Cold Plunge
By the end of 2006, we finally started to see an end to the construction. We have lots of new group fitness rooms. Studio A can accomodate our larger classes. Studio A  
Studio B is perfect for our smaller classes: basic toning, pilates, abs, etc. Studio B The Cycling Studio has 60 bikes and has a beautiful view overlooking the pool. Cycling
  Studio D's view, bamboo floors and glass blocks provide a perfect environment for yoga classes. Yoga Studio  
  Kinesis Kinesis and Pilates equipment rooms are added as an addition to our personal training. Pilates Equipment
A new co-ed gym is added upstairs in 2007. Upstairs Co-Ed Gym The family gym is expanded to include cardio equipment. Kids Gym
Stretghing Area The stretching area is a nice addition. Boxing Ring A full size boxing ring is added. Former world champion, Chad Broussard is available for personal training.
The lounge is converted to a coffee bar during the day. Coffee Bar The Splash Park is ready in April 2009 and is perfect for the younger kids. Splash Park
Front Entrance 2010 The Front Entrance is expanded in 2010. MIT facility The new MIT (maximum intensity training) facility is opened in 2011.
Thanks to all our members for their patience, cooperation & support.