MONTPELIER — First in Fitness, central Vermont’s leading health and fitness club, is closing its downtown Montpelier location. Club owner Michael Woodfield said the Montpelier club behind City Hall would be closed and much of the equipment and all classes will be moved to the Berlin facility, consolidating all fitness offerings and improving operations to better serve members and guests. The Montpelier building will be sold.
“We are doing this to strengthen the business and better serve the community and our members in the best possible way,’’ Woodfield said. “This is all about the future. Our members should expect no interruption in service and they will find everything they expect from First in Fitness at our Berlin location.’’ Since 1975, First in Fitness has served Montpelier and the surrounding community with a broad range of health and fitness offerings. What began as a tennis club in Berlin grew to become a one-stop shop for all fitness needs, including swimming lessons, spinning and cardio classes, fitness and personal training. The Montpelier location was built in 1995. Woodfield said the move would allow him to focus time, energy and resources at the Berlin location. “We will continue to improve our club by offering the services we have today and make new improvements in the future,’’ he said. “I am very proud that generations of families have grown up playing tennis and learning to swim with us.’’
Woodfield said that plans call for the sale to be completed this fall and that the club would likely close at the end of August. He said he anticipates many questions from current Montpelier club members and invited them to ask those questions at the front desk, to club officials or to contact him directly. Current Montpelier members will have their memberships transferred to the Berlin facility automatically. Montpelier members who want to make a change in their membership should contact the business office manager, Janice Pello. “Members can then notify us about what they want to do. We will make it as convenient as possible for them,’’ Woodfield said.
Woodfield added that most of the current fitness equipment at the Montpelier location would be moved to Berlin and that the weight room area would be expanded and a new cardio fitness room would be added to accommodate the anticipated increase in members at the Berlin Club. “The Berlin Club has ample free parking and larger locker rooms with much more locker space including private rental lockers,’’ he said. He said he anticipates minimal changes in personnel from the move and that he has spoken to all employees encouraging them to stay with the club. “I am announcing this as early as practically possible so everyone involved – employees, members, the community – has time to plan for the transition,’’ Woodfield said. “But we look forward to seeing everyone at the Berlin facility.’’ Woodfield has been a business owner in downtown Montpelier since 1980. Reflecting on his tenure in the capitol city he says he has loved being a part of the vibrant downtown for the past 36 years. He is grateful for the support the community has shown First in Fitness.