Vermont Sport & Fitness is recognized as the highest quality health club in Rutland, Vermont. We strive to make sure every member leaves the gym feeling better than when they came in. We work as a team to make improvements each day that will enhance the members’ experience.
As a health club, we work with people of any age or experience level to improve their quality of life through fitness. We listen to our members and learn about their personal needs. This give us a good idea how to help them find success in a safe and healthy way.
Market Surveys of America has awarded Vermont Sport & Fitness Club the Best Health Club & Fitness Facility for 23 years running. In addition, Rutland Herald readers and Vermont Business Magazine named us the #1 Gym/Fitness Center in Rutland County. And finally, Best Things Vermont ranked us #2 in their 10 Best Sports Centers in Vermont.
Vermont Sport & Fitness is committed to the health and fitness of our community. We strive to foster lasting connections between members, staff and owners to create an inviting environment for everyone. We work to provide a consistent, energetic and clean space to help our members accomplish their fitness goals.
Through experience, expertise and passion we will continue to build a health club oasis where members can be their best selves. We believe that everyone is unique so we work to create individualized programs for each person. We look to motivate our members and increase their confidence in a fun and relaxed environment. Vermont Sport & Fitness has something for everyone so our members can get the most enjoyment out of life.
Our goal is to be one of New England’s best health clubs. Our dream is to be one of the country’s best.
Community: Vermont Sport & Fitness fosters a welcoming atmosphere with people from all walks of life. It’s a great place to connect with friends and enjoy a sense of community.
Staff: The club is staffed at all open hours and a friendly face is always available for any needs you may have. In addition, we have 10 health and fitness professionals to support you every step of the way.
Experience: With 25 years of experience, we understand the challenges of starting an exercise program. As a result, our professional team’s highest priority is to guide you in proper technique and safety. Therefore we can help make sure you are successful in your fitness experience.
Spaciousness: With 39,000 square feet in our health club, there’s something for everyone! There’s a separate cardio room within the gym overlooking our three indoor tennis courts. Also, we have two fully equipped weight rooms with a walk-around track on the lower level. We have three classrooms including a spinning room. We also have a half-court and a training-size basketball court. You can access the outdoor pool through our full service locker rooms. And finally, enjoy our one-of-a-kind, relaxing steam room.
Dan Doenges Owner / General Manager
Leslie Doenges Owner
Andrew Donovan Assistant General Manager
Brooklynn Beauregard Front Desk
Heather Paradis Front Desk
Dylan Schulte Front Desk
Dylan Schulte Personal Trainer / Orientations
Mandy Dansereau Personal Trainer / Pilates & Class Instructor
Jen Smith Personal Trainer
Heide Manns Personal Trainer / Pilates Instructor
Mandy Dansereau Personal Trainer / Pilates & Class Instructor
Cara Solimano Class Instructor
Brian Sylvester Yoga Instructor
Melissa Crossman Personal Trainer / Class Instructor
Peg Kraus Class Instructor
Samantha Loso Class Instructor
Stephanie Jones Yoga Instructor
Sharon Morales Yoga Instructor
Heather Paradis Orientations
Dylan Schulte Orientations
Dan Doenges Tennis Program Manager / Tennis Professional
Rob Purdy Head Tennis Professional
Ken Marisseau Tennis Professional
A native of Rutland, Vermont, Leslie graduated from Rutland High School in 2003. From there, she attended the University of Vermont earning her Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in Nutrition and Food Science. In 2017 she began her career as Co-Owner of Vermont Sport & Fitness Club.
After working in Rhode Island for a short time after college, Leslie and Dan decided to move back to their hometown of Rutland. They wanted to be closer to family and enjoy everything that Vermont has to offer.
“It is so important to me that my kids (Sawyer, Mason and Finley) grow up in an environment that promotes physical fitness, positive mental health and wellness. Living in Vermont and working in a fitness club setting allows me to utilize my passion for health and wellness and helping others, while also continuing to practice those things myself and set a positive example for my kids.”
Leslie has served as a board member for local nonprofits including Rutland Young Professionals, as well as the Chamber & Economic Development of the Rutland Region, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Heritage Family Credit Union.
“Volunteering and community engagement provides me with the opportunity to give back to a town that has given so much to me and my family over the years. As a small business owner in a town you grew up in, you are able to connect with your membership on a much deeper level. Some of our members I have known since I was 5 years old! Seeing them at our fitness club is like hanging out in our neighborhood again.”
When talking about their mission as owners, Leslie feels passionately about the success of others. She states that there is a lot of joy that comes with helping people feel better both mentally and physically.
“I take so much pride in the service we provide. I love seeing people achieve their health and fitness goals. When you love what you do, it doesn’t feel like a job. It is so much more to me and to my family; it is a lifestyle. We are extremely fortunate to live and breathe it every day and share in the journey and experience of members. Those are the intangible things that keep me going and continuing to work as hard as I do to bring the best possible experience to everyone that joins.”
Dan Doenges is the owner and general manager of Vermont Sport & Fitness Club. He grew up in Mendon, VT and graduated from Rutland High School in 2003. From there he attended Assumption College in Worcester, MA. He graduated in 2007 with a BA in Business Marketing, and a minor in Philosophy.
Dan has spent his life enjoying the physical world around him. He has a passion for fitness and self-improvement that is woven into the fabric of Vermont Sport & Fitness.
Dan worked at Vermont Sport & Fitness for eight years before taking over as co-owner with Leslie. In those eight years he learned that there are truly no shortcuts to getting what you want. He learned that it takes dedicating yourself to the process. Celebrating small victories, and appreciating the journey along the way. Dan’s favorite part of the job is when members enjoy their health and fitness experiences that he and his team work to support.
In addition to his vision for the club, Dan also views his role as a young leader in the community. Dan’s effort to make a difference in Rutland County has led him to serve on the board of directors for Rutland Regional Medical Center He is also a member of the Rutland Young Professionals where he volunteers on the Employer Relations/Community Outreach committee. In addition he represents RYP as ex officio on the REDC board. There he serves on the joint marketing committee and nominating committee. Through these committees, he has joined the steering and creative committee for the progressive Rutland Marketing Initiatives, Real Rutland Campaign. VS&F also supports many of the nonprofits in the community, most recently recognized for their efforts with the Mentor Connector and Boys & Girls Club of Rutland County.
At the end of the day, Dan goes home to the driving force behind all that he does; his family. His wife & business partner Leslie, his kids Sawyer, Mason and Finley remind him of why he works so hard. Dan believes the journey to find how much we can grow and positively impact others’ lives should be fun and full of great memories.