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What Fitness Pros are Thankful For

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The season of gratitude is upon us. To celebrate, the following is a round-up of what fitness pros from across the industry are thankful for after almost two years of strife. 

Rich Nelsen, Chief Executive Officer, VASA Fitness: 

VASA is a family — we believe our people are our most valuable asset. The pandemic was an incredibly scary time for everyone, which is why I am so grateful all our people, members and employees are in a healthier, safer place today as we emerge from the pandemic. 

Rachel Cosgrove, Owner, Results Fitness: 

Since March 15th, 2020, the one constant has been the fitness industry not wavering in our mission to help people. Everyone in this industry pulled together to share and help each other while adapting and pivoting. Now we all share in our stories of overcoming as we rebuild. I’m grateful for the people in this industry — from fellow gym owners, strength coaches and vendors — who showed up along with my own incredible team of coaches. I’m grateful everyday to do work that fulfills me with people in our industry who all care as much as I do about what we do. 

April McCullough, General Manager, North Little Rock Athletic Club:

After seeing so many people struggle with illness this past year, I am most thankful to be alive and healthy. After dealing with the aftermath of COVID-19 myself, I don’t take my health for granted. I was very fortunate I was able to recover well and gain my strength back. It is a challenge each day to prioritize preventative care but this past year has shown me why this discipline is important. I view healthcare differently now and hope to continue to incorporate a healthy lifestyle into my daily routine. 

Brandon Bennett, VP of Fitness Operations, Physiq Fitness: 

I am incredibly grateful for my team and the connections and people I have met in person this year via conferences or in-person meetings. This has lit a fire in my mindset and motivation to recommit my drive and passion for fitness. I’m feeling extremely motivated finishing this year and going into 2022.

Lori Lowell, Gold’s Gym Franchisee:

I am grateful for my colleagues in this industry who have become more than just colleagues but actual friends. Those who have shared with and helped me survive through this pandemic. I am grateful for their understanding and humbleness. I am grateful for the stick-to-itiveness of my business partners who have dug their heels in with me to figure out our new norm and new future. I am grateful for yoga and being able to share it globally. I am grateful for less is more. Most of all, I am grateful for my husband, Jeremy, and my children and family who keep the light bright everyday, which keeps me smiling. 

As fitness pros, what are you most thankful for currently? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

Rachel Zabonick-Chonko

Rachel Zabonick-Chonko is the editor-in-chief of Club Solutions Magazine. She can be reached at rachel@peakemedia.com.

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