Anchor Management Group

Anchor Management Group Employees Lend a Hand at Miracle League Baseball Games

On Saturday, April 1, nine Anchor Management Group employees volunteered at The Miracle League of Wilmington’s baseball games at Brax Stadium Miracle Field in Wilmington, North Carolina. The volunteers buddied up with the Miracle League players who have physical and mental disabilities and assisted them with running, hitting, throwing and catching.

“Our main objective was not only to assist, but also to encourage, motivate and cheer them on,” said Reid Wolfe, regional manager for Anchor Management Group. “I dressed up as Homer, the mascot, which I think was the most fun of all. I danced, high-fived and hugged many of the participants throughout the day.”

Any person with a disability, age 4 and up, is eligible to play Miracle League baseball. The specialized field is made of a flat, rubberized surface and is barrier free for players using wheelchairs, walkers and other mobility devices.

“The Miracle League and Planet Fitness® are a perfect fit, combining our Judgement Free Zone® philosophy with the fun of helping provide a great day of baseball for those in our community,” Reid added.

In addition to assisting and cheering on the 80 Miracle League players, the Planet Fitness volunteers also passed out free PF® T-shirts and water bottles.

“We were so thrilled to have Planet Fitness joining us as buddies at the Miracle League,” said Jennifer Bell, executive director of ACCESS of Wilmington Inc., which operates Miracle Field. “Planet Fitness shares our same mission of promoting health for all, and we are grateful that their employees are dedicating time to encouraging our athletes. Volunteers are crucial to The Miracle League of Wilmington, and this community has definitely shown our families that Wilmington cares.”

Pablo Laredo, general manager of the Monkey Junction Planet Fitness location, discovered the rewards of volunteering are exponential.

“I headed into the day just hoping I could make an impact on at least one kid, but when walking around with Homer, I could see that our presence was putting smiles on the faces of the entire group,” Laredo said.

“Our goal is to continue to pursue our relationship with the Miracle League and its positive impact on disabled individuals and their families,” Wolfe added.

Anchor Management Group provided the volunteering club with $200 to use toward a group outing.

Anchor Management Group Member Wins 2012 Harley Davidson Motorcycle

On March 6, one lucky Planet Fitness® member got more than a good workout when he went to his local club. Daniel Perez won a Harley Davidson motorcycle from his gym, which is owned by Anchor Management Group, just for becoming part of the PF® family.

From Nov. 1, 2016 to Feb. 28, 2017, anyone who signed up as a Black Card member was entered for a chance to win the motorcycle. In addition, for each friend or family member that a person referred and got to sign up as a Black Card member, they received another entry.

Leading up to the drawing, the motorcycle would travel around to the four participating Charleston-area clubs where members could see what was up for grabs. The final drawing for the 2012 Planet Fitness-branded bike was held at the new Summerville club on pizza night.

Perez, who is currently out of work on workers’ compensation, was one of over 7,500 entries and said that winning the motorcycle was the best thing that had ever happened to him.

In addition to the grand prize, Anchor Management Group crowned four members as runners-up and presented them with a Planet Fitness bicycle and other assorted PF gear.

Anchor Management Wins Myrtle Beach Herald’s Reader’s Choice Award

Planet Fitness was named the best fitness center by the readers of the Myrtle Beach Harold.

Planet Fitness was named the best fitness center by the readers of the Myrtle Beach Herald.

On Feb. 24, Anchor Management Group was awarded the 2017 Reader’s Choice Award from the Myrtle Beach Herald.

Operations Manager Joseph Pilotte describes the location as “a win for us since opening.” He explains that when franchisee Alex Choquette first opened the location, there were only a few other gyms, and they were mostly “smaller mom and pop style operations.” He said there was nothing else like Planet Fitness® on the block.

“When we arrived, we were more affordable, larger and of course, something entirely different from other gyms,” said Pilotte.

Today, the fitness scene in Myrtle Beach has grown and so has Anchor Management’s competition. The location competes with other gyms in the area such as Gold’s Gym, Sky Fitness, Core Fitness and Anytime Fitness. However, Pilotte notes that “none of these gyms compare with PF’s price point, value and environment.”

Pilotte said awards like these are a great thing to showcase on the accent wall within the club and hopes that members can “stumble across it to see a snapshot into the history of the great service the club provides.”

“I’m hoping we can win awards like these every year,” said Pilotte. “Recognition within the community we serve is always revered. It really means a lot to us providing a consistent experience each and every visit – day after day, year over year.”