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Health and Fitness Club Industry News: Chains

Tuesday, May 26th, 2020

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The California Fitness Industry Unites to Bring Jobs and Fitness Back
Posted: May 15, 2020 in Chains, Independents

CFASACRAMENTO, CA - Members of California's fitness industry have joined together to form the California Fitness Alliance (CFA) with the goal of safely and responsibly initiating the reopening of clubs and fitness facilities throughout the state. An industry that employs over 180,000 people at more than 4,000 fitness locations across the state, fitness was completely shut down by COVID-19. With little warning, it left thousands of people jobless and millions of Californians without access to the gyms and clubs they rely on to help them live healthy lifestyles. The CFA will seek to provide relief to these employees by pursuing federal and state aid and work with state and local officials to set and define safe, effective statewide reopening standards and guidelines. Read More...

COVID-19 – The Coronavirus Crisis: Community
Posted: May 5, 2020 in Chains, Independents

April 2020 Edition of Club InsiderAs a supplement to our Special Edition Two-Part Cover Story on COVID-19, the Coronavirus Crisis (Click Here to Read Part I), Club Insider presents the following participant responses, as well as some inspiring stories about Communities around the country and what some club companies are doing to provide needed support to those communities. In this supplement, you will hear from Greta Wagner, Mike Alpert, Jim Worthington and Linda Mitchell, Larry Conner, Rich Nelsen, Phil Wendel and Joe Cirulli. Next week, closing out our primary pandemic coverage, we will be presenting Part II of our Special Edition Cover Story on COVID-19, focusing on the Re-Opening. Stay tuned, and stay safe and healthy! Read More...

COVID-19 – The Coronavirus Crisis: The Membership
Posted: April 28, 2020 in Chains, Independents

April 2020 Edition of Club InsiderAs a supplement to our Special Edition Two-Part Cover Story on COVID-19, the Coronavirus Crisis (Click Here to Read Part I), Club Insider presents the following participant responses about their Membership. In this supplement, you will hear from Pat Laus and Kevin McHugh, Greta Wagner, Mike Alpert, Geoff Dyer, Carol Nalevanko, Jim Worthington and Linda Mitchell, Larry Conner and Rich Nelsen. Next week, we will be presenting participant responses and inspiring news items about various Communities around the country. Stay tuned, and stay safe and healthy! Read More...

Marsh Founder and Industry Veteran, the Beloved Ruth Stricker, Passes Away at 85
Posted: April 27, 2020 in Independents

Ruth StrickerMINNETONKA, MA - March 12, 1935 - April 14, 2020 - Ruth Ann Stricker of Deephaven, Minnesota, passed away peacefully on April 14, 2020. Connected in love and gratitude for her immeasurable contributions over the course of a remarkable life, Ruth's family, friends and professional colleagues around the world honor this visionary of the health and wellness industry. Founder of The Marsh, A Center for Balance and Fitness in Minnetonka, Ruth was an industry icon and pioneer in mind-body work. She integrated Eastern and Western practices in her personal and professional life; her philosophy offering a "liberal arts approach to health." In Ruth's words, "The resiliency of the human spirit makes it possible for us to find a sense of well-being in our lives... that our challenge is to be emotionally resilient and physically healthy to handle change and stress." Ruth believed, "health and fitness are not the chief goal in life but rather the potential to be good citizens of the earth." Read More...

Navigating How to Re-Open Your Gym in Phases
Posted: April 22, 2020 in Chains, Independents, Suppliers

MotionsoftI recently had the opportunity to speak to a large operator in China as that country begins to reopen. My goal was to understand how they navigated the different phases of the COVID-19 pandemic. The learning was extremely valuable, and I thought I’d synthesize it and pass it along... Read More...

COVID-19 – The Coronavirus Crisis: Staffing
Posted: April 21, 2020 in Chains, Independents

April 2020 Edition of Club InsiderAs a supplement to our Special Edition Two-Part Cover Story on COVID-19, the Coronavirus Crisis (Click Here to Read Part I), Club Insider presents the following participant responses about their Staffing. In this supplement, you will hear from Pat Laus and Kevin McHugh, Greta Wagner, Mike Alpert, Geoff Dyer, Carol Nalevanko, Jim Worthington and Linda Mitchell, Larry Conner and Rich Nelsen. Next week, we will be presenting participant responses about their Membership, followed by their Community the following week. Stay tuned, and stay safe and healthy! Read More...

30 At-Home Activities for Kids
Posted: March 29, 2020 in Independents

Newtown Athletic ClubNEWTOWN, PA - At home with your family the next few weeks? If you’re looking for activities to keep your family active & engaged during this difficult time, we’re here to help! Here are 30 fun, easy and cheap activities for kids, to keep them (and you!) entertained while at home... Read More...

Newtown Athletic Club Temporarily Closes Amid COVID-19 Outbreak
Posted: March 17, 2020 in Independents

Newtown Athletic ClubNEWTOWN, PA - Governor Wolf has publicly recommended the closure of all gyms in Bucks County for the next two weeks due to the coronavirus. We have made the decision to comply with these recommendations and will close for the suggested 2 weeks. Since this closure was not mandated but recommended, we struggled with our social and civic responsibility. Do we remain open to serve our community when they need us most, or do we err on the side of extreme caution? Even though we passionately believe that exercise and good nutrition offer the best protection against this virus and a great many illnesses, both chronic and acute, we are taking this measure to insure that no stone is left unturned in this critical situation. We plan to utilize the time we are closed well by continuing to work making improvements and upgrades to the club. Read More...

Saco Sport & Fitness Temporarily Closes Amid COVID-19 Outbreak
Posted: March 17, 2020 in Independents

Saco Sport & FitnessSACO, ME - Due to new information coming out daily and the rapidly increasing impact of the Coronavirus, we feel obligated to close to help protect our members, staff and the greater community. Our plan is to reopen April 1st, and we can’t wait to see you all! We are offering online virtual classes for our members. We are continuing to serve our Nutrition clients and HealthyCARE90 classes through telemedicine and video conferencing. We wish you all well and will see you soon. Read More...

Ruth Stricker Honored For Her Many Lifelong Contributions As A Humanitarian
Posted: August 10, 2019 in Independents

Ruth Stricker HonoredMINNETONKA, MN - Ruth Stricker, humanitarian, wellness pioneer and international spokesperson for the mind-body connection was honored on August 9th at The Marsh, A Center for Balance and Fitness with the presentation of an artistic life casting of her hands by renowned sculptor Don F. Wiegand. The life casts capture Ruth’s hands in the fluid movement of Tai Chi, symbolizing her roots, philosophy and her life’s work dedicated to balance. Read More...

Cedardale Founder, John Edwin Veasey, Passes Away at 89 – February 17, 1930 – June 27, 2019
Posted: June 28, 2019 in Independents

John Edwin Veasey, Wife Zoe Veasey, and Daughters Carolyn Veasey Jackson and Ada Veasey McKenzieHAVERHILL, MA - John Edwin Veasey, a lifelong resident of Haverhill, passed away in the company of his family on June 27, 2019 at his home on Brockton, Avenue. Born February 17, 1930 to Decia Beebe and Arthur Hale Veasey, John Edwin grew up at 5 Windsor Street in Haverhill with three siblings, Arthur Hale Veasey, Jr., Decius Beebe Veasey, and Katherine Ensign Veasey. Affectionately known to his friends and loved ones as "Ed" or "Eddie", he devoted his life to his family, country, friends and community. Read More...

Club Fit Named “GOLD LEVEL” Learn-To-Swim Provider by American Red Cross
Posted: May 29, 2019 in Independents

Club FitBRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. and JEFFERSON VALLEY, N.Y. - When Club Fit Briarcliff Aquatics Director Ruth Garcia visited the Greenwich American Red Cross office on May 16th, she thought it was simply for a “meet & greet.” She had no idea she would be leaving with four awards for Club Fit! Club Fit is pleased to announce both the Briarcliff Manor and Jefferson Valley locations have been awarded the “GOLD LEVEL Learn-To-Swim Provider” designation for 2017 and 2018. Read More...

Stone Creek Club & Spa Brings Crawfish Boil to Chicago and Raises $50,000 for ALS Research
Posted: May 22, 2019 in Independents

Stone Creek Club & SpaCOVINGTON, LA - It’s not unusual to hear rave reviews from tourists who visit South Louisiana. Each year, countless visitors fall in love with New Orleans and the surrounding areas... the history, the culture, the people, and of course the food! What is unusual is the story of a Chicago-area business owner who was so inspired at a Covington fundraiser that he decided to bring some of Louisiana back home with him to begin an entirely new tradition. Read More...

East Bank Club Launches On-Demand Fitness, Powered by SweatWorking
Posted: May 6, 2019 in Independents

East Bank ClubCHICAGO, IL - East Bank Club, a leading health club, announces its partnership with SweatWorking to extend its reach and offerings to include on-demand digital workouts. East Bank Club On-Demand brings cutting edge and effective programming to its members on-the-go, catering to their busy lifestyles and desire for accessibility. Read More...

Announcing the New Bigger, Better Healthtrax Fitness & Wellness
Posted: January 23, 2019 in Independents

HealthtraxNORTH DARTMOUTH, MA - Healthtrax Fitness & Wellness is on the move into a bigger, better, brand new fitness center. Coming Spring of 2019, Healthtrax is pleased to bring the community they have served since 1988 a new modern fitness center just a minute away from where they are located today. Read More...

Columbia Athletic Club Reopens After Extensive Seven-month Renovation Project
Posted: November 30, 2018 in Independents

Columbia Association COLUMBIA, MD - Columbia Association’s (CA) oldest fitness club is now ready to serve members and guests well into the future. That’s because Columbia Athletic Club has reopened after an extensive seven-month renovation, transforming the club into a state-of-the-art facility that meets trends and needs, and which provides the experience that CA’s members and guests are seeking with each visit. Read More...

Bonita Bay Club’s Buzza and Padua Named Golf Digest “Best Young Teachers in America”
Posted: November 21, 2018 in Independents

Bontia Bay ClubBONITA SPRINGS, FL - Bonita Bay Club’s Steve Buzza, PGA Golf Professional and Megan Padua, PGA, LPGA Teaching Professional, have been named to the “Best Young Teachers in America” list in Golf Digest Magazine’s November issue. Buzza and Padua are also among Bonita Bay Club’s more than 20 TPI-certified golf and fitness instructors who are specially trained by the Titleist Performance Institute to help players improve their skills, strength and power. Read More...

November is National Diabetes Month
Posted: October 29, 2018 in Independents

Dedham HealthDEDHAM, MA - A lot of diabetes information is shared during the month of November. The yearly American Diabetes Association campaign raises awareness about diabetes and encourages people to make healthy changes. The message must be getting through because people with diabetes are living longer and healthier than ever before! This does not mean that managing diabetes is easy. It takes hard work for each person to predict how food, exercise and stress will affect their blood sugar readings. And, most of this work goes unseen and unappreciated by those around them as many family members and friends misunderstand the basics. Read More...

Stone Creek Club & Spa and Rich Mauti Cancer Fund Celebrate 10 Years of Partnership
Posted: October 24, 2018 in Independents

Stone Creek Club & SpaCOVINGTON, LA - In April of this year, the Rich Mauti Cancer Fund and Stone Creek Club & Spa celebrated 10 years of partnership. Stone Creek has played host to the well-known Rich Mauti Tennis Classic, the charity organization’s largest annual fundraiser, since 2009. On Friday, October 19th, Stone Creek dedicated a tennis court to the Mauti family and the committee of the Rich Mauti Cancer Fund, in honor of this long-standing partnership and the impact the charity has had on the local community. Read More...

Puppies Go for a Swim at HealthQuest for Charity
Posted: October 4, 2018 in Independents

HealthQuest PuppiesFLEMINGTON, N.J. - HealthQuest hosted a Pool “Pawty” at the club’s Swim Club on Saturday, September 30th in support of the charity, Puppies Behind Bars. Over fifty dogs of many different breeds enjoyed a swim in the pool and company of one another during this afternoon event. It’s the first time HealthQuest hosted an outdoor swim for dogs, and it marked a successful close to the Swim Club season. Each dog in attendance also went home with a special goodie bag generously donated by Barkley’s Gourmet Marketplace on Main Street in Flemington, NJ. Read More...

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