A Message From The Owner
Dear Thorbeckes members, employees and friends:
For the past 2 ½ years under our ownership and the 36 years prior Thorbeckes has been a place of exercise, fitness, relaxation, friendship and social interaction. Never in my wildest dreams did I envision a single minute of silence inside our clubs, let alone for more than a month. As is the case with many small businesses throughout our communities, this is an unprecedented time that none of us have experienced before, and the biggest challenge I have ever faced. For those of you who have reached out to offer support and encouragement, I cannot even begin to tell you how much that has meant.
I understand your concerns regarding plans for membership dues during this temporary mandatory closure due to COVID-19. Until this past Friday we had envisioned we would be able to reopen in mid-April. That has now been pushed to at least May 4th and we pray that our members will be able to continue to support Thorbeckes during this time. There are still many expenses that are not paused during this shut down and we want to continue to support our staff, as well as ensure employment to as many employees as possible when we reopen.
For those that are able to support us by continuing to pay your membership, we will be providing you with a free three-month Normatec compression membership to Pacific Sports Spa. If you are unfamiliar with Normatec or Pacific Sports Spa, located inside of our Chehalis and South Bend locations, please visit online at www.pacificsportsspa.com or simply visit us once we are reopened. This is a membership regularly priced at $100 per month, and every member who remains active with us during this time will receive that service for free for the three months after reopening.
For those who are not able to support us at this time, we have made the opportunity available to freeze or cancel your membership, as we are fully aware of the hardship this has placed on so many families. For anyone who needs to freeze or cancel their membership, please submit the request at www.thorbeckes.com by clicking on the membership link and filling out the appropriate information.
We are still working daily to produce as much virtual content as we are able and are adding more options each week. For those of you with school aged children at home, please make sure you visit our “Thorbeckes At-Home PE” program on Facebook where we are posting PE workouts three times per week throughout the remainder of the school year. Additionally, daily we are posting Thorbeckes instructor-led group fitness classes on Facebook including Les Mills classes, yoga, Barre, Rep Reebok, Bootcamp, SeniorFit, Silver Sneakers, Dynamic Strength and Super Sets. For members with add-ons of Gymnastics and TAP, both are now providing live trainings and classes via Zoom and Katia Mora is still scheduling Thorbeckes Nutrition appointments virtually. We also have partnered with Les Mills to allow you to stream more than 100 classes for free online at https://watch.lesmillsondemand.com/at-home-workouts
During this time of closure, we have kept as many employees on as possible who are able to work remotely from home. We also are continuing to provide our employees’ healthcare coverage in full through April and May, as well as for their enrolled family members. During this time of closure we are cleaning and working on several projects inside of our clubs to ensure we are 100% ready to open with cleaned and refreshed clubs when we are allowed to reopen.
I cannot wait to see all of you again.
Matt, Andrea and our Thorbeckes family.