With great joy and love we embrace our responsibility to create a healthy community by celebrating and providing facilities that promote a healthy new world for each member, our community and our world.
Willy's is a lifelong dream come true for owner Barbara Niggel. Barbara began her martial arts career as a teenager when she met an amazing teacher of martial arts and life, Mas Goeroe Agoeng Willy Wetzel. A gentle and caring man, Mas Goeroe Agoeng (which means ‘Master Teacher' in Indonesian) taught Barbara ''if you can dream it you can do it.'' Barbara first realized her dreams when she won her first National Martial Arts Title at age 15. Two years later, she opened her first Martial Arts school and gym in Ohio under Mas Goeroe Agoeng's watchful eye.
Mas Goeroe Agoeng taught Barbara the value of providing a safe, caring and happy place for people to enjoy - a place that would make a difference in people's lives the way he made a difference in Barbara's life. In 1985, Barbara opened the original Willy's Gym & Fitness Center in Orleans, named after her teacher and mentor. In 2002, she bought the former Norseman Athletic Club and turned it into Willy's World Wellness & Conference Center, a multi-functional facility over 120,000 square foot, one of the largest facilities in New England.
Barbara's dream is to make Willy's the best club in New England and she is dedicated to constantly reinvest back into the facility, improving equipment, programs, and the physical plant every year. She is especially thankful and grateful for a wonderful management team and staff of like-minded, caring individuals, and cherishes the friendships she has formed over 30 + years with her members. Barbara is celebrating her 43rd year owning and operating health clubs. When asked what her plans on for the future Barbara smiles and says'' My teacher taught me along time ago that with everything in life you have to recommit everyday. In life relationships, children and family, with friends and in your career. Everyday I wake up and recommit to Willy's and to the Cape Cod Community that I love. I think I will do that for the rest of my life.''
From Barbara and the entire Willy's team, we thank you for being a member and look forward to exceeding your expectations for years to come. Welcome to Willy's.