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About North Cypress Fitness

North Cypress Fitness Center is much more than a “Gym.” We like to think of ourselves as a Family Fitness Center; a place where the entire family can live a healthy life and relax.  Our facility has one mission – “You!”  Our goal is to change the lives of as many people as possible, giving each member a place that they call their home away from home.

State-of-the-art facility and equipment, professional staff, and a clean, friendly atmosphere have made North Cypress Fitness a leader in the fitness industry. North Cypress Fitness Center has 200+ pieces of cardio and strength training equipment available, from the industry’s premier manufacturers, including

  • Star Trac
  • Human Sport
  • Free Motion
  • Hammer Strength
  • TechnoGym
  • Life Fitness
  • Precor
  • and many more…

Every cardio machine is equipped with a personal audio/video system. Virtually every type of free weight is also available, and fitness specialists are always on hand to provide towels and a wealth of information regarding any piece of equipment.

How It All Began

While working out at a local health club Olaf Ross met Richard Henry, a dentist in Ponchatoula, LA, which was the start of a partnership and friendship that brought what is know today as North Cypress Fitness to Hammond.

In 1995 the decision was made to start planning a health club for Hammond, but location after location failed to bring the project to fruition. Then in 2001, the first club finally opened by the name of North Cypress Fitness Studio, in historic Downtown Hammond.

The award winning facility steadily grew to the point of needing to expand and that is where the new North Cypress Fitness Center came into existence in 2008.  In 2011 Dion Grossnickle partnered with Olaf and Dr Henry with the ambition to grow North Cypress Fitness to not just the largest fitness center in the Parish but to grow the club into one of the largest fitness centers in the region.  Just 2 years later, the club was ready to expand once again.

North Cypress has recently completed a $3 million expansion that has more than doubled the size of their current facility. This addition features one of the largest group exercise studios in the state, a member lounge, an indoor basketball/volleyball court, and an expanded free weight room and resistance training area. The expansion also includes a new cinema style spin studio with over 70 bikes, family showers, a water park, new tennis courts, an event and party room, and so much more!

North Cypress’ mission is to never stay still….constant growth and change is the key to keeping members happy! Constant growth and change is the key to members seeing results.

Local Partners

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Olaf Ross (President, CEO)  was born in Hamburg, Germany. He migrated to the US when he was six years old, with his parents. He lived in LaPlace until the age of eighteen, then moved to Hammond to study at Southeastern Louisiana University. A two year stint at Delgado in New Orleans where he studied Industrial Technology help him fine tune his hands on technology education.

Upon returning to Hammond he decided to change his focus to Medicine, which he did for a number of years. Then, fate changed his life again. Now, the co-owner of North Cypress Fitness Center, LLC, New Visions Limited, LLC, and owner of Ross Consulting Enterprise, LLC, he is doing lots of new and exciting things in his community. Olaf’s plans are to continue to build his unique vision for Tangipahoa Parish and together Olaf and Diane, his better half, are raising two wonderful children named Karli and Ethan Ross.

Richard A. Henry  has pursued a life long career in Dentistry field. His private practice for the past 20 years is located in downtown Ponchatoula, LA. Richard is an active member in his community, he’s the Past President of the Ponchatoula Rotary Club.

For the past 14 years Rick has volunteered dental services in Central America. Even though his passion has been in Dentistry he has been actively involved in the development of North Cypress Fitness. Rick also has a passion for Cooking and has a Cajun Cooking Degree from Delgado. Rick is a father to three daughters and one son.

Dion Grossnickle  is originally from Metairie and a graduate of Archbishop Rummel High as well as Southeastern Louisiana University.  With 18 years of experience in management in the Health and Fitness Industry, Dion comes to North Cypress with the passion to bring a World Class Fitness Center to Hammond.  “My goal is to not only meet the expectations of our members, but I strive to exceed those expectations.”  Dion is the proud father of Evan and Landyn and the husband of Katrina.