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Bravo-Fit Celebrates End of 2018 on a High Note

On Dec. 3, Bravo-Fit celebrated the grand opening of its Sherwood, Oregon, location, the group’s fifth club.

Although the club held a soft opening on Nov. 1, Bravo-Fit decided on Dec. 3, which was a pizza Monday, to host the club’s grand opening. The grand opening celebration included a ribbon cutting ceremony and a check presentation to the local Boys & Girls Club which was comprised of the club’s pre-sale start up fees. “Bravo-Fit is here to be the Boys & Girls Club’s biggest fan,” said Tanner Halton, franchisee with Bravo-Fit.

“Walking into a new club that was full of members proved yet again that a clean Judgment Free Zone™ is a welcoming and much-needed environment in the community,” said Dani Van Drew, chief admin officer with Bravo-Fit.

In attendance were members of the local Sherwood community, members of Sherwood’s local Chamber of Commerce and City Council members. “The Sherwood Planet Fitness takes pride in its community and is beyond thankful of the open arms welcome that it has received from the local residents,” said Halton.

But the grand opening of the Sherwood location was not all Bravo-Fit had up its sleeve late last year. On Nov. 11 shortly following the Sherwood location’s soft opening, Bravo-Fit team members joined together to give back to the community by sponsoring the local Give N’ Gobble Turkey Trot.

Thousands of people gathered to participate in the race and donate food to the local food pantry for the holiday, and Planet Fitness was the only sponsor to attend the event. During the event, team members were decked out in all purple and handed out scarfs, candy and Planet Fitness swag. Seven team members even participated in the race.

“The team represented what PF stands for – dedication to community, enthusiasm, optimism and a dedication to spreading happiness and wellness – as they cheered and supported the other 2,000 participants participating in the race,” said Halton. “Bravo-Fit was thrilled to support its community.”

Veteran Runs 24 Hours Straight at Local Planet Fitness

There are many ways people across the nation choose to honor veterans on Veterans Day. Some pay their respects by staying in with their families, while others go out and do something in remembrance of those who have fought for this nation. Local U.S. Army veteran Sean MacMillen decided to pay his respects by running on a treadmill at his Williamsport, Pennsylvania, Planet Fitness® for 24 hours straight.

After serving three combat tours in Afghanistan and dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and a long road to reintegration and recovery, MacMillen wanted to raise awareness for veterans suffering from mental health issues and substance abuse.

Following 12 years in the Army, MacMillen hit a low point in his life when he returned home only to battle PTSD and substance abuse. After remaining sober for two years before relapsing, MacMillen found running was his best bet to recovering and staying sober for good.

“I know a lot of people who have lost their lives during service,” said MacMillen in a video interview with PA Home Page. “Really, these 24 hours are nothing compared to what other people go through.”

While completing his 24-hour run, MacMillen collected donations with half of the proceeds going toward the Herren Project, a nonprofit that provides addiction recovery services for those who are on the road to recovery and strive for a better lifestyle. The rest of the money collected went to support the Lycoming County Veterans Treatment Court.

“It’s going to hurt from time to time, but I know a lot of people who have lost their lives who have served,” said MacMillen.

In order to prepare for his Veterans Day run, MacMillen ran almost of 2,000 miles. Throughout the course of his 24-hour run at National Fitness Partners’ Williamsport location, at least 40 members of the community came out to support MacMillen and run by his side. The event also included prizes and a book signing by Mat Teachey.

In total, MacMillen raised over $4,000 and ran 85 miles during the day-long event, making local veterans proud.

P-Fit Group Celebrates Grand Reopening of Plaistow Location

P-Fit Group, LLC had much to celebrate this fall as the company reopened its Plaistow, New Hampshire, Planet Fitness®. The 12,000-square-foot club underwent a complete renovation from June through September, and franchisees Steve and Elaine Doroff could not be more excited.

“Our end goal was to make Plaistow look just like a new club,” Steve Doroff said. “Many club members and the PF® corporate team who’ve seen it have commented that they cannot believe the transformation.”

Originally built in 2007, the club is located in the southeast corner of New Hampshire and needed an updated image. P-Fit Group, which operates two PF locations, wanted to specifically buildout a Black Card® Spa area, which did not exist prior to the remodel. In addition, the front desk was relocated and redesigned; all floors, walls and signs were upgraded; and the locker rooms completely overhauled.

“The remodel spanned from mid-June until mid-September, as we kept the club open and only closed for a few days the entire time,” Doroff said. “We were able to do this through an innovative approach, keeping half the men’s and women’s locker rooms open as the other half was remodeled and then switching to open the completed half while the unfinished half was completed.”

When it came time to show off the new look, P-Fit Group held a grand-reopening celebration to match the fresh new look of the club, with more than 40 special guests coming in to mark the occasion. “Our grand reopening went exceptionally well,” Doroff said. “Our ribbon cutting was performed by one of two Plaistow town officials. We had cheerleaders from one of the local middle schools, a mix of members, staff from Plaistow as well as our Amesbury club and the community present. Lastly, we were pleasantly surprised by an unexpected visit from Bill Bode, Chris Holmes and Dave Cormier from the corporate PF team.”

With the location’s new look garnering overwhelmingly positive feedback, P-Fit Group is excited about the opportunities the remodel will bring. “Members love it,” Doroff said. “Staff are extremely excited about the prospects, and everyone entering the club, including visitors from corporate PF who were familiar with the club, couldn’t believe it was the same club.”