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Fitness fundraiser generates $875,000

- April 6th, 2015

Some good news from the good folks at GoodLife Fitness …

GoodLife Kids Foundation raises $875,000 to help Canadian kids get active

Indoor fitness fundraiser Spin4Kids Plus sees over 7,500 participants ‘Spin, Groove, Move’ for kids

London, Ont. — On March 7, thousands of Canadians participated in Spin4Kids Plus, one of Canada’s largest indoor fitness fundraisers. GoodLife members and staff joined partners and friends to ‘Spin, Groove and Move’ in support of GoodLife Kids Foundation, a private foundation with a vision to provide every Canadian kid the opportunity to live a fit and healthy good life. The event raised $875,000 nationally.

“It was incredible to see so many Canadians come out to spin, groove and move in support of physical activity programs for kids” said Lisa Burrows, Executive Director of the GoodLife Kids Foundation. “The money we have raised will enable us to fund programs in communities from coast to coast.”

Spin4Kids Plus featured over 7,500 participants, in teams of up to eight. Teams took part in various activities including cycling, BODYPUMP, BODYCOMBAT, BODYFLOW and Zumba. This year events took place at more than 73 GoodLife Fitness locations, in eight different provinces.

Dr. Richard Barter, affectionately known as ‘The Spin Doctor,’ is an Emergency Room physician and Group Cycling Instructor who created Spin4Kids in 2011. Dr. Barter the team in St. John’s and Mount Pearl raised $141,667.

“Spin4Kids is very near and dear to my heart. It’s amazing to see how successful it has become,” said Dr. Barter. “I would like to thank all the members, associates, corporate teams, businesses, families and friends who chose to support this incredibly rewarding fundraiser. St John’s and Mount Pearl are more than proud to bring home the Spin4Kids Challenge trophy.”

Funds raised through Spin4Kids Plus will support two key initiatives: the GoodLife Kids Foundation Grant Program and the new GoodLife4Kids School Program. To date, GoodLife Kids Foundation has given $1.6 million to almost 200 organizations, helping more than 221,000 Canadian children live more active, healthier and happier lives. A new GoodLife4Kids School Program is currently being piloted in 10 communities across Canada and will expand to include more areas in September 2015.

GoodLife Fitness Founder and CEO David Patchell-Evans established GoodLife Kids Foundation in 1998. Patchell-Evans says the GoodLife4Kids School Program is a chance to leverage GoodLife’s fitness expertise to help more Canadian kids be active in the school environment.

“We’re very excited about the new GoodLife4Kids School Program. It’s allowing us to connect with kids in communities across Canada and promote physical activity and the benefits of exercise. It’s instilling healthy habits in children which will set the foundation for them to continue to live a fit and healthy good life.”

Fun facts about Spin4Kids Plus:

• 73 host events

• Participants from 210 GoodLife Fitness Clubs

• Over 7,500 participants nation-wide

• Spin4Kids Plus spanned eight provinces: NL, NS, NB, ON, MB, SK, AB, BC

• Most money raised at multi-club Spin4Kids Plus event: $141,667

• Most money raised by a single GoodLife Fitness Club Spin4Kids Plus event: $25,139

 About GoodLife Kids Foundation

GoodLife Kids Foundation is a private foundation with a vision for every Canadian kid to have the opportunity to live a fit and healthy good life. To date GoodLife Kids Foundation Grant Program has given $1.6 million to almost 200 organizations, impacting over 221,000 Canadian children. To learn more about the GoodLife Kids Foundation Grant Program or the new GoodLife4Kids School Program go to: www.goodlifekids.com. Join the conversation on getting Canadian kids active: facebook.com/goodlifekids and @goodlifekids

GoodLife Fitness covers 100 per cent of our administrative and operational expenses so that every dollar raised will make the biggest impact on the lives of Canadian kids.

Take the Healthy Heart Challenge

- February 5th, 2015

HealthyHeart

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, GoodLife Fitness is teaming up with one of Canada’s leading cardiac centres.

It’s for the 28-day Healthy Heart Challenge and it kicks off on Facebook this week.

Here are all the details:

Improving heart health: GoodLife Fitness and Peter Munk Cardiac Centre launch 28-day Healthy Heart Challenge for Heart Month

In honour of Heart Month, GoodLife Fitness has teamed up with the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre (PMCC) to host a 28 Day Healthy Heart Challenge on Facebook throughout the month of February. Participants will be provided daily access to cardiac stats, fitness advice, nutrition tips, inspiring stories of how people changed their lives, and more – all in an effort to improve the heart health of Canadians.

What:

For the 28 Day Healthy Heart Challenge, cardiovascular rehabilitation experts from PMCC have combined their knowledge and tips from fitness experts at GoodLife to create a unique, easy-to-follow program that will help improve the heart health of Canadians.  Each day, participants will gain access to:

• Educational statistics and research facts to learn more about heart health in Canada

• Nutrition, lifestyle and exercise to support positive change and manage heart risks

• An actionable daily challenge that applies preventative advice to encourage heart health

When: February 1- 28

Where: The public is encouraged to take the 28 Day Healthy Heart Challenge by going to

www.facebook.com/goodlifefitness.

Join the conversation using #iheartexercise

The 28 Day Healthy Heart Challenge is part of a larger collaboration between GoodLife Fitness and Peter Munk Cardiac Care Centre that was launched in 2012. GoodLife Fitness has committed $5 million to the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre with the goal of transforming the lives of Canadians affected by heart disease and helping prevent this reality for many.

The collaboration is made up of three main components:

1. GoodLife Fitness Centre of Excellence in Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Medicine, which strives to be internationally recognized for excellence in heart health and exercise and drives care and research in post-acute cardiovascular health and secondary prevention.

2. The search and appointment of Dr. Paul Oh to GoodLife Fitness Chair in Cardiovascular Rehabilitation and Prevention.

3. An innovative club-based program called CardioStrong which was developed by Peter Munk Cardiac Centre rehabilitation experts along with GoodLife fitness experts. Cardiostrong helps patients transition into the community and achieve life-long success in their cardiac rehabilitation and health.

ABOUT GOODLIFE FITNESS

Proudly Canadian since 1979, GoodLife Fitness is the largest fitness company in Canada. GoodLife is the largest privately owned fitness club chain by a sole owner and the fourth largest overall in the world. With over 330 clubs from coast-to-coast, including 70 Énergie Cardio and EconoFitness Clubs in Quebec, approximately 13,000 employees and more than 1 million Members, GoodLife is helping to transform the health and wellness of 1 in 34 Canadians every day.

ABOUT THE PETER MUNK CARDIAC CENTRE

The Peter Munk Cardiac Centre is the premier cardiac centre in Canada. Since it opened in 1997, the Centre has saved and improved the lives of cardiac and vascular patients from around the world. Each year, approximately 55,000 patients receive innovative and compassionate care from multidisciplinary teams in the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre, and the Centre trains more cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons and vascular surgeons than any other hospital in Canada. The Centre is based at the Toronto General Hospital and the Toronto Western Hospital – members of University Health Network. www.petermunkcardiaccentre.ca.

GoodLife Fitness banks on historic Calgary building

- January 15th, 2015
GoodLifeStephenAvenueInterior

The interior of the new GoodLife Fitness club in downtown Calgary.

It’s rather fitting, wouldn’t you say, that a historic building in downtown Calgary that once served as a bank is now home to a gym.

I mean, is there any greater investment you can make than in your health?

In case you missed it, GoodLife Fitness has opened its newest location  in the 85-year-old former Bank of Montreal building on Stephen Avenue. The grand opening for the flagship club was held Tuesday (Jan. 13).

Here’s the full press release:

GoodLife Fitness strengthens heart of downtown Calgary

New club breathes life and energy into historic Bank of Montreal building

CALGARY, AB: People living and working in downtown Calgary can now enjoy their workouts surrounded by natural light, limestone and Corinthian columns with the opening of the newest GoodLife Fitness club in the historic Bank of Montreal (BMO) building on Stephen Avenue.

GoodLife Fitness Founder and CEO David ‘Patch’ Patchell-Evans chose the long vacant former bank building as an ideal location for the company’s flagship Calgary club. Patch recognized the potential of the location and the importance of preserving this vital part of Calgary’s heritage – a building symbolizing the origins of Calgary’s business success.

“Calgary has such a successful economy and vibrant business core,” said Patch. “This gorgeous building pays tribute to the city’s heritage and provides an opportunity to bring a truly unique, enjoyable fitness experience to people working and living downtown. This is one of our most beautiful fitness clubs in Canada and I’m delighted to welcome Calgarians through our doors.”

GoodLife Fitness worked with Square Feet Design Group Inc. and Trigon Construction Management for over a year restoring the historic building’s mezzanine, main floor and basement. The company took great care to protect the unique decorative features including 35-foot ceilings embellished with rosettes and 917 ounces of gold leaf, marble floors, decorative mouldings and original chandeliers.

According to Lori Ireland of Square Feet Design, there were special structural and decorative considerations in transforming a heritage building to accommodate a fitness club.

Working closely with the Historic Resources and Management Branch of the Alberta Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the team reinforced the structural floor load to carry the extra weight and vibration of the equipment and replaced the cooling and fresh air systems. They uncovered solid marble inlaid floors, cleaned and restored ornamental plasterwork, and polished brass doors and handrails.

“We developed brand new approaches to meet infrastructure requirements and ensure the heritage elements of the building would be conserved. GoodLife took great care to rebuild many of the interior historic features and uncovered beautiful decorative elements in the process. One of the washrooms is actually built inside an old bank vault. It was well worth the extra effort,” said Ireland. “The faces of the GoodLife employees and members of the public visiting in recent weeks say it all. Their positive reaction confirms we were successful in maintaining the historic elements and accentuating the original beauty.”

The Stephen Avenue GoodLife Fitness club opened its doors on December 18, 2014 with a full range of professional fitness experts, high-end equipment and fitness classes. Club amenities include cardiovascular equipment, strength training equipment, free weights, group fitness classes, personal training, massage chairs, modern change rooms with dry cedar saunas and more.

GoodLife Fitness is the largest fitness club chain in Alberta and continues to expand across the province. There are currently 27 GoodLife Fitness clubs in Alberta including four Fit4Less clubs. The company plans to expand to 30 clubs in the province in the near future.  In the Calgary area, there are currently 13 GoodLife Fitness and two Fit4Less clubs. GoodLife is working to provide great fitness options and convenient locations where Albertans can feel welcome while they achieve their health, fitness and wellness goals.

About the building

• Montreal architect Kenneth Guscotte Rea (1878-1941) designed the Bank of Montreal building. He designed more than 120 bank buildings across Canada.

• Rea designed the building in the monumental Beaux Arts style, which incorporates neo-classical elements that reflect wealth, dignity and stability.

• Built in 1931, the heritage value of the Bank of Montreal building lies in its association with the establishment and consolidation of financial institutions in Calgary.

• The Stephen Avenue building served as Bank of Montreal’s regional headquarters and main western Canadian office for 50 years.

• Clad in Manitoba Tyndall limestone, the building boasts a front façade with

four fluted Corinthian columns. The building also features marble floors, lavish gilded plasterwork and original chandeliers and sconce lights.

• Well-known music and electronic retailer A&B Sound operated out of the building for 10 years before vacating the location in 2005.

About the restoration

• The ground level and mezzanine of the building are 30 feet tall, complete with columns topped with ornate Corinthian capitals and decorated with gold gilt appliqué.

• The original chandeliers are intact and operational, as are large solid brass wall sconces. They have all been cleaned and new LED lamps installed to improve lighting levels.

• The inside walls are adorned with hand painted Neo Classic panels with decorative mouldings that are also hand painted with gold gilt.

• The centre of the banking hall has a solid marble floor with inlaid borders. The floor had been covered for many years but has since been buffed and polished. The original solid marble stairs were also uncovered and restored to reveal an inlaid marble pattern.

• Since the original stairs to the mezzanine had been removed, GoodLife installed an ultra-modern granite and glass staircase in a new location that is now a design feature.

• The original solid marble handrail and spindles were protected from damage during construction. The GoodLife team developed custom, hand painted wood spindles and handrails to replace a section that was previously damaged.

• The ornate brass handrails were carefully polished and reinstalled.

• The entrance vestibule is made of solid brass slabs. All were buffed and polished to remove tarnish that had accumulated over the years.

• The original entry was a revolving door system. A previous tenant had removed the system, so GoodLife installed new full height glass doors on the exterior, as well as an interior vestibule.

• The original brass exterior doors had been buried behind hoarding at the front of the building. Once the new glass doors arrived, GoodLife removed the hoarding and the original brass doors are now visible.

• The main entrance features a large marble feature wall with a clock and the original Bank of Montreal coat of arms. The clock was repaired and the crest was hand polished.

• The original bank manager’s office is clad with detailed wood wall panels and a marble fireplace and mantel. These features were restored.

• An existing exposed stone exterior wall in the spinning room has been showcased with accent lighting.

• The original vault doors have been permanently pinned in an open position and one of the vaults is now a rental locker room for the members to store their personal belongings. The other vault was converted to a men’s washroom.

Club amenities

The 24-4 Stephen Avenue GoodLife Fitness club offers:

• Cardiovascular equipment

• Group Cycling

• Team Training

• Personal Training

• Strength Training equipment

• Locker Rentals

• Towel Service

• Dry Cedar Sauna

• Massage Chairs

Jillian Michaels coming to Canada

- February 28th, 2014
Jillian Michaels

Jillian Michaels

Jillian Michaels is going to be making some lucky Canadians sweat next week.

The tough-love trainer of Biggest Loser reality TV fame will be in Alberta, Ontario and Nova Scotia from Monday to Wednesday.

Here’s the press release with all the details …

GoodLife COO named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women

- December 9th, 2013

Jane Riddell

Congratulations to Jane Riddell. The COO of GoodLife Fitness has been named as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network (WXN).