Fitness Short Takes | Volume 1, Issue 1


Fitness Short Takes

by Deb Servidio, Certified Personal Trainer | September 25, 2019

What a weekend!

Worcester Fitness was a hotbed of activity this weekend… HD Launch Party and Grand Opening, OCR Race, Charity Walk and MORE.
One of the things I love about Worcester Fitness (this may surprise some, but noooo it’s not meeting up with friends at MacDonald’s Tavern …), is the fact that it’s not just a gym where you go and lifts weights, work up a sweat like there’s no tomorrow, or bust a move in a class. It’s soooo much more… it’s a community of amazing people. We started off the weekend with the gym opening its’ doors to the public and inviting our community to come in and tour the newly renovated facility and BRAND NEW High Definition Training Center. This event came at the heels of a week’s worth of free HD classes and was complete with a marathon night of free Met-Con classes, contests, raffles, food, music and special pricing offers!! This place was hopping and the energy was through the roof as over 40 people took advantage of the specials.
As you can imagine, it was a late night for some people here at Worcester Fitness, BUT that didn’t stop SGX Coach Tracy Riley and a group of Riley’s Rebels from hitting the Bonefrog Navy Seal Obstacle Course race that was held at Carter & Stevens Farm out in Barre, MA in the wee hours of the morning Saturday. I’m guessing it may have been a rough wake up call but these OCR athletes went out there and gave 150% on that course! Courses ranged from 3-18 miles with anywhere from 20-50 Obstacles!! Now that is NOT for the faint of heart, congrats to you all!!
On to Sunday….. While the Rebels were resting their sore muscles on Sunday and dreaming about their next race in November at Spartan Fenway , two other kickass groups of members and employees headed out to do their part in the fight against cancer. Team Jimmy Fund, led by Worcester Fitness trainer and instructor Picky Lanigan headed out at 4:30am to attend the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk. This group raised a WHOPPING $10k+ for Dana Farber and Picky, who returned for her 5th year walking, was honored as a Pace Setter for Dana Farber. Kudos to this group; it is an amazing feat to have walked 26.2 miles, especially in that heat!! And when the UMASS Cancer Walk reached out and challenged Worcester Team to participate in the corporate challenge, a group of employees stepped up to the plate and answered that call! The group led by Janine McCarthy, another trainer and instructor, walked 5 miles and made Worcester Fitness proud. Massage Therapist Pete Mascitelli even donated his time and helped the runners rehab those achy breaky muscles with free chair massages. What a guy!!! These two groups really exemplify what it means to “do your part” and highlight the spirit Worcester Fitness shows in giving back to the community that supports this business.
These are just a few examples of the amazing things happening here every week at Worcester Fitness. In the upcoming weeks we will continue to celebrate the launch of our new HD Training Center with a special offer for new HD members, have the Worcester Fitness Flyers swim team getting ready for competition, Knock Out 90 Event on October 2nd in support of national breast cancer awareness month and our running group , led by Bob Bourassa, and members will be participating in the Worcester Monster Dash 5k
benefiting the Mary Beth Benison Foundation on October 20th. I have met some of the most inspirational people through these groups at Worcester Fitness and have made some of the BEST friends here. It truly is the sense of community you feel at this not so typical gym, that keeps me going back.

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