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Active Entities Consulting Announces Upcoming Independent Club Owner Event Series
Posted: March 16, 2021 in Independents, Suppliers

Active Entities ConsultingMARBLEHEAD, MA - Active Entities Consulting was founded by visionary Bobby Verdun. He added industry powerhouses Geoff Hampton and Richard Synnott. Their goal is to help independent club owners, and to do so, they announce four upcoming events... Read More...

Red’s Celebrates 58 Years in Business
Posted: January 13, 2021 in Independents

Red's Celebrates 58 Years in BusinessLAFAYETTE, LA - On January 13, 1963, Red's opened for business. Now, it is celebrating 58 years serving the Lafayette Louisiana community. Congratulations to Red Lerille and Team on this great achievement! Read More...

Cincinnati Sports Club, TriHealth Offering Free Seminars Focusing on Mental Health
Posted: January 8, 2021 in Independents

Cincinnati Sports ClubCINCINNATI, OH - The COVID-19 pandemic has created a financial toll that has impacted many, especially when it comes to mental health and wellbeing. Starting next week, the Cincinnati Sports Club is partnering with TriHealth to host free seminars focusing on strategies to improve the way you live. Experts will explore different topics trying to get people back on the right track after a difficult year. Read More...

TG The Gym San Diego Celebrates 35th Anniversary
Posted: September 2, 2020 in Independents

TG The Gym OwnersSAN DIEGO, CA - TG The Gym San Diego celebrates 35 years as an owner-operated and independent gym. TG The Gym has been home to best fitness training for 35 years, offering men and women all across the community the opportunity to challenge their bodies and build strength every day. TG The Gym will continue to promote the fact that a good immune system is the first and most important element in the defense of this Covid–19 virus. Daily vigorous exercise, a healthy well-balanced diet, proper amount of sleep, Vitamin D (get in sun and outdoors) and managing stress are the main ingredients to maintaining a good immune system. Read More...

The Claremont Club Permanently Closes
Posted: August 4, 2020 in Independents

The Claremont ClubCLAREMONT, CA - As the Coronavirus Pandemic rages on, the toll on human life and the economy continues to escalate. For the health and fitness club industry, one of the more shocking and saddest losses has occurred with the permanent closure of The Claremont Club in Claremont, California. Mike Alpert, President and CEO, announced the closure in letters to staff and the membership. Read More...

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...

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