Eclipse Fitness to start Rockwall running club


Every weekend across Dallas-Ft. Worth, thousands of men, women and children of all ages flock outdoors to run, jog and walk at marathons, 5Ks and fun runs at locations frequently near a lake.


Now, because there is no running club associated with Lake Ray Hubbard, Rockwall’s Eclipse Fitness Club is starting the first and only running club on the fast-growing east side of Dallas.


The Club is located right on the shoreline of Lake Ray Hubbard, just north of The Harbor.


Formerly the Larry North Fitness Club, Eclipse Fitness is owned and operated by general manager Frizz Poe and nationally-certified director of training Scott Moerschell.


According to its new owners, Eclipse is an elite club which caters primarily to upscale, professionals who want the personal touch with lots of amenities for reasonable, all-inclusive prices and no long-term contracts.


Only the best, most popular equipment is used, kept always in top working order, they said.


Since recently purchasing the modern, spacious facility, with huge rear windows overlooking scenic Lake Ray Hubbard, the new owners have been looking forward to warmer weather when they could add more outdoor programs and become more involved in the Rockwall community.


Beginning in May, they will start a Rockwall Running Club, coordinated by Melissa Corporon, a personal trainer and group fitness professional who’s worked at Eclipse for the past six years.


Corporon said she already started coordinating the 50-member running club elsewhere in Rockwall last year, but has now decided to reorganize it as an Eclipse Fitness Club program instead.


Its purpose is to unite runners of every level of ability, promote good health, friendship and camaraderie, plus support charitable causes. She said the club will host a social run weekly, plus schedule a fun run and charitable event to enter each month.


Running club members need not belong to Eclipse Fitness Club, but will receive a discount if they are. Member fees will cost as little as $20 per year.


To help promote its new running club, Eclipse Fitness will be the title sponsor of the first annual “Fit Forever” 5K Fun Run, Dog Jog and Kids K May 9th, which benefits the new Rockwall County chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA).


FCA is the largest Christian sports organization in America, which promotes Christianity to students and coaches through athletic activities.


According to Poe and Moershell, they chose to be title sponsors of the event because the timing was perfect for introducing Eclipse’s Rockwall running club to FCA members, as well as to the general public, and because it’s a generally good cause.


The public is invited to participate and join with the 250 expected athletes, coaches, teachers, parents, business owners and family members who are involved with FCA, according to FCA area representative Jeff Jacobs.


The event will start and end in the Eclipse Fitness Center parking lot, which is located just north of The Harbor, in the large office building which looks like the other Harbor buildings.


The entrance fee is $20 and participants can register online at or on event day, beginning as early as 6 a.m. The fun run begins at 8 am.


 “Holding this event in our parking lot allows us to kick off promotion for our running club, plus promote several more new outdoor programs including our weekly moonlight yoga by the lake, outdoor volleyball, kayaking on the lake, plus our fantastic lakeside boot camps on the grass led by Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders fitness instructor Jay Johnson,” said Poe and Moerschell.


Johnson is a former U.S. Army boot camp sergeant, who is one of the nation’s foremost leaders in fitness and motivation. He’s been featured in Muscle and Fitness magazine and a variety of TV programs. 


Jay Johnson’s Boot Camp Fitness is a results-driven conditioning program that runs three times a week (or more) for four weeks, at 60-minute durations per session, according to Moerschell.


“He conducts the program outdoors on the grass, right next to the lake, utilizing a military-style format, coupled with the most progressive, innovative, and creative exercises in fitness.”

Boot Camp Fitness workouts include, but are not limited to, cardiovascular, speed and endurance, partner resistance, strength training with log drills, dumbbells, barbells, tractor tires, and fire hose.

“We expand your fitness horizons with fitness games, sandbag relays, SUV push, scavenger hunts, stretcher races, group challenges, wheelbarrow races and kickboxing,” said Johnson.


“We also include medicine ball drills, plyometrics, box drills, fartlets, obstacle course, guerilla drills, grass drills, plus 20 versions of the military standard push-up and sit up.”


Boot Camp Fitness provides the intensity of a personal training session with the motivation from a group environment, at a fraction of the cost.


By co-sponsoring the race, Eclipse Fitness is also able to become more involved in the community, a goal the new owners have had for some time. Moerschell has spoken to community groups across Texas for years, been a regular on talk radio programs, and wants to speak more across Rockwall County. Topics include good health, nutrition, weight loss and fitness.  


For more information about the running club, new membership or speakers for your organization, call Eclipse Fitness Club, 972-772-8314, or visit online at:

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2 Responses for “Eclipse Fitness to start Rockwall running club”

  1. Vern Newnam says:

    Fitness boot camp is hard. Migraine/strep likely didn’t help.

  2. Time Horizon says:

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