Lopez Fit is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization formed and operated by Lopez Island residents and volunteers. Its facilities are open to both members and non-members.
Lopez Fit offers our community the benefits of health and well being through fitness to promote confidence and self esteem. About 40% of our workforce is volunteer, keeping our fees and operating costs low. To make our gym available to the whole community of Lopez, we offer discounted memberships to those with low incomes, and we offer discounted membership for many seniors through our association with Tivity Health (Silver Sneakers) and offer free classes for those members.
Strengthening our community by providing a welcoming, fun and supportive fitness center.
Co-Chairs: Lexi Taylor & Nancy Bingham
Secretary: Pamela McCabe
Treasurer: Laura Adams
Directors: Carol Deckelbaum & Kurt Fuller
How did Lopez Fit come to be? When the previous Lopez gym, “Island Body and Fitness”, announced they were closing, Heidi Strong, who’d been leading circuit classes, suggested opening a new small community gym. Many of her class members jumped at the idea and together they set about making it happen.
We found a vacant building (the former location of Paper Scissors on the Rock) and incorporated as a Washington non-profit. Heidi was hired, and Laura Adams, Mark and Kim Herrenkohl, Pamela McCabe, Beth Shirk, and Lexi and Kirm Taylor formed the governing board. After painting and repairing and organizing our new space we were ready for gym equipment that was generously donated by Aaron Dye from the old gym.
On two Saturdays in late December an enthusiastic group of community members pitched in with their time and muscle and trucks to move the equipment. Then, on Saturday, January 3, 2015, we proudly hung our “Open” sign” and celebrated with a community open house.
From the beginning our goal was a “gym for all” available to the whole community. Through a generous grant we have been able to offer discounted memberships to those who ask. To manage our costs we have three part time staff and the rest of the time our front desk is staffed by volunteers. Truly, a gym for all, by many!