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GoodLife Fitness banks on historic Calgary building

- January 15th, 2015
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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
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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).

GoodLife announces ‘general boarding’ for fitness-conscious travellers

- October 22nd, 2013

In case you missed it, here are the details about last week’s opening of a one-of-a-kind GoodlLife Fitness club at Toronto Pearson Airport …

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David “Patch” Patchell-Evans, GoodLife Founder & CEO

GoodLife Fitness Toronto Pearson Club Opens

GoodLife announces ‘general boarding’ for travellers looking to stay active

Toronto, ON: GoodLife Fitness and the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) have partnered to open the first-of-its-kind fitness club in Canada at Toronto Pearson. Located in Terminal 1, the custom-designed facility will provide passengers the opportunity to include a work out as part of their travel experience. The gym facility will also offer convenient access to 40,000 Toronto Pearson employees, supporting a healthy and active lifestyle.

With over 300 clubs across the country, GoodLife’s purpose is to give every Canadian the opportunity to live a fit and healthy good life. Providing a convenient opportunity for travellers and airport employees is another important step to help GoodLife achieve this goal. As Canada’s largest airport with traffic continuing to grow every year, Toronto Pearson continues to look for innovative ways to provide an exceptional travel experience.

“As a frequent traveller, logging over 200,000 kilometres a year in air travel, I understand the great importance of maintaining an active lifestyle and integrating my workouts into my travel plans,” said David “Patch” Patchell-Evans, GoodLife Founder & CEO. “From personal experience I know what a tremendous difference it makes to my travel experience when I workout before I get on the plane, as well as my productivity and alertness when I land. With the opening of the Toronto Pearson GoodLife Fitness Club, we want to make it easier for all travellers, coming in and out of Toronto Pearson, to be able to experience the same great benefits as I have.”

“Toronto Pearson continues to prioritize our passengers world-class travel experience, our partnership with GoodLife Fitness contributes to this experience,” said Howard Eng, President and CEO for the GTAA. “We are also pleased to help support a healthy lifestyle for airport employees and to offer convenient access to the club.”

CLUB DETAILS

Location: Terminal 1, Arrivals Area, Area F

Daily Guest Pass: $15 

Amenities:

·   State-of-the-art cardiovascular equipment with personal viewing monitors

·   Free weights and strength training equipment

·   Stretching area

·   Modern changerooms and showers with soap, conditioner, lotion and hair dryers for the convenience and packing of travellers

·   Towel service

Rentals: Reebok clothing and shoe rental

Reebok, Les Mills join forces

- October 1st, 2013

Two thumbs up to this partnership between a coupla corporate fitness heavyweights …

Revolution

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Reebok and Les Mills join forces to reinvigorate the studio fitness industry

Alliance between two global brands promises to revolutionize group fitness

Toronto, ON – Reebok and world-renowned group fitness programmer, Les Mills, have announced their new partnership, signaling a bold new era for the studio fitness category. In Canada, Les Mills programming is available exclusively at GoodLife Fitness and Énergie Cardio locations.
 


As a true fitness pioneer in the arena of studio fitness, Reebok is widely recognized as being the studio fitness brand of the 1980s and 1990s. To this day, Reebok’s commitment to encourage people to work out together remains part of the brand’s DNA. Studio fitness enables people to inspire, engage with and energize one another in a unique way. This partnership underlines both brands’ commitment to group fitness and will strengthen their offerings respectively.
 
Studio fitness is experiencing its strongest resurgence since the aerobics movement of the 1980s and Les Mills is at the forefront of this renaissance with its range of successful and innovative programs. As the leading provider of group fitness classes, Les Mills has introduced scientifically backed and proven classes to the fitness world such as BODYPUMP™, BODYCOMBAT™ and more recently, LES MILLS GRIT™. 
 


Since its foundation in 1968 by New Zealand-born Les Mills, the company has become one of the dominant forces in the global fitness industry, with millions of people unleashing their potential at LES MILLS™ classes around the world each week. LES MILLS™ boasts a passionate, skilled tribe of more than 100,000 instructors and one of the world’s most advanced instructor training systems.
 


To mark their alliance, the two global brands are releasing ‘Revolution‘, a short film which celebrates the evolution of studio fitness, from the 1980s to today. The film opens with the iconic aerobics craze of the 1980s, where girls sporting leg warmers work-out to an 80’s mix tape. The film continues to progress through the defining fitness movements of the decades, following the step routines of the 1990s and the spinning trend of the early 2000s before celebrating the powerful, directional LES MILLS™ workouts of today such as BODYPUMP™, all to an evocative soundtrack that’s synonymous with each era. The film was created by award-winning production company Partizan and directed by Warren Fu.

Reebok’s exciting new partnership with Les Mills aims to re-define the studio category whilst celebrating Reebok’s history in group fitness,” said Michael Rossi, vice president of Reebok Canada. “Right back from the 1980s where people would hit the aerobics studio wearing their Reebok Freestyles to today, where thousands of people take part in LES MILLS™ classes each day, Reebok has always had a strong presence in the studio fitness arena. Today, more than ever we dedicate ourselves to encouraging everyone to harness their passion, energy and confidence through group fitness.”



Les Mills and Reebok have a rich and lasting heritage in the group exercise arena. Our shared and longstanding commitment to fitness makes us the perfect partners to reinvent group exercise and together we plan to lead the category to a brave new territory. We’ll be putting even more effort than ever into the group exercise world and with this partnership Les Mills and Reebok have a vision to re-imagine and re-launch the group fitness category,” said Phillip Mills, chief executive, Les Mills International.



Reebok and Les Mills share a common goal of empowering people to be fit for life. Helping people live a healthy and active lifestyle and inspiring people to get moving are at the forefront of their partnership. Both are dedicated to providing opportunities for everyone to enjoy fitness together. Exciting developments from this global partnership will be announced soon.

Revolution’ can be viewed at http://reesha.re/jwb4 and on www.reebok.com.

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About Reebok

Reebok International Ltd., headquartered in Canton, MA, USA, is a leading worldwide designer, marketer and distributor of sports, fitness and casual footwear, apparel and equipment. An American-inspired global brand, Reebok is a pioneer in the sporting goods industry with a rich and storied heritage in running, training and fitness. A subsidiary of the adidas Group, Reebok operates under the multiple divisions of the Reebok brand, Reebok-CCM Hockey and the Sports Licensed Division. For more information, visit Reebok at www.reebok.com.

About Les Mills International

Les Mills International Limited is the creator of 13 global group fitness and team training programs, including BODYPUMP™ (weights), BODYCOMBAT™ (martial arts), RPM™ (indoor cycling), and its recent LES MILLS GRIT™ Series (30-minute high intensity interval training). Millions of participants every week build their fitness in a LES MILLS™ class, held across 80 countries in more than 15,000 licensed clubs around the world. For more information visit www.lesmills.com; www.facebook.com/lesmills or https://twitter.com/LesMills