Corona Virus Update

UPDATE as of June 17, 2020 at 4:22am:

WE ARE OPEN!!!!

 

UPDATE as of June 11, 2020 at 5:03pm:

Hello Lodi Members!

While the other counties we operate in have given us the green light to open as of tomorrow, we still have not heard from the San Joaquin County Health Official or the City of Lodi for a full green light for Lodi. Until we get the full green light, our doors will remain closed and locked to the public. If you are a member and need assistance, please CALL THE CLUB.

This may be a great time for you to check out Land Park or West Sac!

We expect to receive our green light at any time.

Thank you so much for your understanding and support!

 

UPDATE as of June 8, 2020 at 4:07pm:

OPENING SOON!

We are incredibly excited to tell you that we just received an email stating gyms will be opening SOON!!

There will be safety guidelines to follow, though our protocols were in place before the lockdown, and we have improved on them since!

Until reopening, we are still offering curbside sales of Pro Shop products, as well as scheduling appointments for those members who may be stressed or struggling during this time. If you are one of those, give us a call between 6:00am – 8:00pm to schedule an appointment. We will notify you again with opening hours before then.

If you are not yet a member, feel free to join us online now, or call for an appointment to tour the club!

We THANK YOU greatly for your support throughout this time. We know how fortunate we are to have members to open back up to.

See you soon!

 

UPDATE as of June 3, 2020 at 8:24pm:

The clubs are still closed to the public while we await the Phase 3 plans from our local counties. Gyms should be open very soon!

Members–If you are experiencing mental health issues during this time, please call the gym to speak to an associate for assistance.

 

UPDATE as of May 12, 2020 at 2:24pm:

To Our Fitness Family,

We have been inundated with letters of support, as well as messages from people suffering both physically and mentally from the closing of health clubs across the nation. As the lockdowns continue in states across the country, our communities are crumbling and the health of the population continues to decline from lack of exercise, mobility, regular health check ups and many other reasons.  We believe the reopening of society, particularly those businesses that dedicate themselves to the health and well-being of the public such as ours, should be declared essential always.

We have set up this GoFundMe  because, although the owner has not let any employees go during the lockdown, and has funded the legal challenge from his own funds, this fight may go further… possibly to the Supreme Court of The United States.  Our case is strong, very compelling and backed by science. We are confident that we can show how our Constitutional liberties have been violated repeatedly, by many agencies, and the ‘threat’ we all face, which resulted in governors invoking police powers, was and is unwarranted.  We need like-minded, health-loving, freedom-loving people to help us make sure we never face this loss of liberty, income and hope again.

To visit our GoFundMe, CLICK HERE

Thank you so much for reading!

 

UPDATE as of 3:52pm April 30, 2020:

It appears Sacramento County, as well as Yolo County, have made it clear they will be pursuing the same polices as San Joaquin County.

Our attorneys have advised us to not open the clubs until we have been granted an injunction on the order. We will keep you updated as soon as possible.

Our attorneys have taken over at this point. We appreciate the overwhelming support we have had from you all. We will NOT STOP fighting for your rights—we are now in court fighting for them.

ORIGINAL MESSAGE:

Attention Lodi Members: It appears that Lodi PD will be aggressively pursuing its unconstitutional harassment of local business owners and residents. We have been prepared, and now have no choice but to file a complaint for damages and injunctive relief in federal court. We will file within a week and we should be in court within 24-48 hours.

No members will be charged until this situation has been resolved.

 

Attention All Members:

Fitness System Health Clubs is filing complaint for damages and injunctive relief in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California.  We will be naming:

The City of Lodi

The Lodi City Council

The Lodi Police Department

San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors

San Joaquin County Public Health Officer as DEFENDANTS in this proceeding

Brian Chavez-Ochoa, et al. will be representing Fitness System Health Clubs, its ownership, staff and management.

 

UPDATE: 4/28/2020 1:35pm:

Hello Members!!

We will be opening this Friday, May 1 at 12:00am! We have missed you terribly! We are extremely proud to show you how hard we have worked to improve the clubs since the closure.

Please read the following documents regarding our opening, as well as COVID protocols we have put in place.

Reopening Statement

Covid Protocols

We look forward to you all returning to the clubs to continue improving your health and fitness!

Thank you!

UPDATE 4/6/20 6:57am:

Join in all our amazing online Zoom classes this week! We’re so excited to bring you a full week of classes to help keep you on your goals!

UPDATE 3/31/2020 4:45pm:

Hello Members!

WE MISS YOU! We hope you are all staying safe and healthy, and that the impact of this thing has been minimal to your family. Our primary concern is the health and well-being of your family.

First and foremost, if anything changes, we are READY to open at a moment’s notice. We have not laid off any of our staff members, and we have kept essential people on to deep clean, sterilize, repaint and provide maintenance, so that we can reopen immediately. The owner is paying the payroll out of his personal savings during this time until we can reopen to the public and draft memberships. It’s important to us that our people are provided for.

To reiterate from our last notice: ALL accounts are on FREEZE until further notice—there will be no drafts until further notice. We WILL NOT CHARGE YOU as long as the club is closed to the public. If we can reopen publicly during April, we will. If this is the case, there will not be more than a 50% draft for April.

Although we have complied with state and county orders by keeping the clubs closed through the end of March, it looks as though Governments are intending to extend a “shutdown” through April 30. We are in contact with our attorneys to explore our options and although the order is being challenged by businesses and individuals throughout the state, our attorneys suggest that, given the current state of public opinion, it would be wise to keep the health club portion of the businesses closed to the public until April 30. We have witnessed individuals reporting open businesses to local authorities. Neighbors are calling the cops on neighbors for weddings and religious ceremonies. People just trying to live their lives are being shamed for trying to go outside and get sunlight and exercise. Social shaming is a real thing apparently and we really don’t need any extra stress in our lives right now. This is hard enough for everyone. 

Regardless, we will open publicly for business on May 1. Depending on the severity of the circumstances, we may reopen before this time, given that we have the legal and Constitutional right to do so. We will take this situation a week at a time. Moreover, we will be in constant contact with all our members through email, Facebook, Instagram, online at fitnesssystemhealthclubs.com and through our Fitness System App available free to all our members.

During this continued period of quarantine, we will be continuing to serve our communities by:

–Remaining open 9:00am-5:00pm Monday-Friday for curbside-sales ONLY of our drinks, supplements and CBD products, as the Government states stores selling health supplements are essential. The club is closed to the public. We have essential staff on site for maintenance and sales in our Pro Shop. Please call the club if you need any products!

–Sarah, our amazing Spin instructor, will be live-streaming FREE classes you can do at home! We are also in talks with some other instructors to round out a schedule!

–We will post at-home workout ideas to our social media

–You still have access to our club App, which includes a workout tracker for those at-home workouts, and we will be sharing tips, workouts, articles, recipes and more during the month of April!

–We have been diligently working to make the clubs the BEST they’ve ever been. From replacing cables and upholstery, to deep cleaning and sanitizing each and every piece of equipment, to painting walls and vacuuming every inch!

–(Trainers—you will not be charged rent for the months of April or May.)

 

Once we are open publicly, and to make up for the month of March, in which we were closed for two weeks, as a continuing member, you’ll be eligible for:

–A FREE One Month Pass to give to a Friend (a $65 value!)

–We will allow EFT Primary Members to add one person onto your monthly membership for FREE. We know the economic toll the crisis has created; we want to you continue to improve your health and fitness, and invite others to do the same, without hurting your pocketbook. This will allow you to essentially reduce the price per member on your account, by adding someone on for free. (*Prepaid Memberships and Previous Members are not valid for this offer.)

 

Please know, if anything changes in regards to our ability to reopen earlier, WE WILL OPEN!

Thank you so much for your continued support over the last 15 years! You don’t even know how badly we want to reopen and see you all in the gym—training, getting stronger, having a great time, and being free.

We will see you very soon!

 

 

UPDATE 3/23/2020 8:18am:

Under the Governor’s orders, he has allowed health food stores to stay open as part of essential services. During this crazy time, until we know more, we will be transitioning into this role in serving customers Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm for their supplement and CBD needs. If you would like to purchase a product, please call the club to check with our staff about what is in stock. When you arrive at the club, please call us and we will bring your products out to you curbside, with an iPad for payment processing. Please note, our stock may be low, but we are expecting deliveries this week.

We will not allow members inside the club, as local law enforcement agencies in California appear to be willing to arrest citizens. Also, we will not be handling any membership questions or altering any membership account during this period.

As far as reopening the club to the public, our plan right now is to open within a week, if possible. We will keep you updated as far as any developments. Please know, we are also looking into our legal options in regards to the violation of all our First Amendment right to peaceably assemble.

Things may change, but we will keep you informed with updates as soon as possible.

 

 

UPDATE 3/20/2020 12:54pm

Hello Members,

We understand that everyone has questions about membership. Given this crisis is evolving by the minute, know that ALL memberships are temporarily FROZEN until further notice. Once we are able to reopen, we will be in communication about what exactly will happen with drafts, extending time for prepaid members, etc. Know that we will work with you on all of this, we ask that you please work with us.

We have essential staff members only on-site between the hours of 9:00am – 5:00pm Monday through Friday, cleaning, sanitizing and improving the clubs for our re-opening!

Please check our website, your email, and our Instagram/Facebook for further communication. We plan on communicating with you as much as possible, however we will not be responding to individual requests or messages for information at this time.

Thank you for your understanding as we all work to navigate this situation together!

 

UPDATE 3/19/2020 7:17pm:

Due to the Shelter-in-Place Order from the Governor of California, we will be temporarily closing our LODI doors to the public tonight, March 19, at 10:00pm.

During this time, only staff personnel will be on-site performing essential work functions.

Our plan is to open as soon as possible, right now that is the first week of April.

We apologize for the inconvenience, and we cherish your loyalty to us and your dedication to your health.

We will be communicating with members regarding membership, our open date, and any other important information. Please check your emails, our Instagram and Facebook, and our Fitness System app for all updates.

May we all get through this together safely and calmly, and emerge stronger on the other side. Remember, above all, YOU ARE A FREE PERSON. You were born with your rights, they do not come from the State. Our hope is that we emerge a freer people after this crisis.

Thank you for continuing to support our business, and just know that we held out as long as we could, so you could build stronger immune systems.

We will see you soon, Lodi.

 

UPDATE. 3/19/2020 12:12pm:

Due to the Shelter-in-Place Order from Sacramento County, we are being forced to temporarily close our LAND PARK doors to the public tonight, March 19, at 5:00pm.

During this time, only staff personnel will be on-site performing essential work functions.

Our plan is to open as soon as possible, right now that is the first week of April.

We apologize for the inconvenience, and we cherish your loyalty to us and your dedication to your health.

We will be communicating with members regarding membership, our open date, and any other important information. Please check your emails, our Instagram and Facebook, and our Fitness System app for all updates.

May we all get through this together safely and calmly, and emerge stronger on the other side. Remember, above all, YOU ARE A FREE PERSON. You were born with your rights, they do not come from the State. Our hope is that we emerge a freer people after this crisis.

Thank you for continuing to support our business, and just know that we held out as long as we could, so you could build stronger immune systems.

We will see you soon, Land Park.

 

 

UPDATE, 3/18/20 3:43pm:

Due to the Shelter-in-Place Order in Yolo County, the WEST SACRAMENTO location will be temporarily closing its doors tonight at 7:00pm on March 18, 2020.

During this time, staff personnel will be on site performing essential work functions.

Our plan is to open as soon as possible, right now that is the first week of April.

We apologize for the inconvenience, and we cherish your loyalty to us and your dedication to your health.

We will be communicating with all members regarding membership, our open date, and any more important information. Please check your emails, our social media pages, and your club App for updates.

May we all get through this safely and calmly, and come our stronger on the other side. Remember, above all, YOU ARE A FREE PERSON. You were born with your rights, they do not come from the State. Our hope is that we emerge a freer people after this.

Thank you, and we will see you very soon, West Sac.

 

3/16/2020 3:37pm:

Due to Government orders, ALL group fitness classes will have a maximum capacity limit of 10 people per class until March 23rd. The first 10 people to enter the room will be the only ones allowed to stay, due to the close proximity of our aerobics rooms.

THE GYM WILL REMAIN OPEN!

Thank you for your continued support, understanding and cooperation! We will continue to update you and communicate as much as possible during this time. If everyone follows the recommended CDC rules, and the rules set forth by Fitness System, we will be able to keep the club OPEN!

 

OFFICIAL STATEMENT 3/14/2020, 9:00am:

To Fitness System’s valued members, staff, vendors and their families and loved ones:

YES, WE ARE STILL OPEN! After being in business for decades this is not the first time we have had to work through hard times. AND WE ARE MORE THAN PREPARED TO STAY OPEN AND SERVE YOU and all those working to become stronger. We will continue to monitor this situation and how it affects our country, so while we all work through this as a nation and community, we ask the following of everyone in these premises:

ALL MEMBERS AND FITNESS SYSTEM ASSOCIATES ARE ASKED TO FOLLOW THE CDC GUIDELINES WHEN IT COMES TO PREVENTING THE OUTBREAK OF VIRUS AND DISEASE INCLUDING COVID-19 (SARS-CORONAVIRUS);

Do not leave home or go into public places if you are coughing or currently ill. Please consider everyone else on the planet when acting.

-Avoid direct contact with others who are coughing, sneezing, or you perceive to be ill.

-No sick people will be allowed onto the premises for the safety of everyone. This includes children attempting to use childcare.

-Wash hands thoroughly and often with soap and warm water. Cover and scrub the entire surface area of the hand, fingers, fingertips and forearms.

-Disinfect all surfaces you have touched with the sterile wipes or spray after you have finished as to prevent the spread of disease. These wipes are located all around the clubs as well as hand sanitizer for your safety. (We have had these wipes and sanitizer for years for your comfort and safety.)

IF YOU NEED TO COUGH, COVER IT WITH YOUR ELBOW OR SOMETHING OTHER THAN YOUR BARE HANDS.

The staff is currently disinfecting all the surfaces of the club on an hourly rotation, but it is imperative that everyone work together to keep Fitness System the safe environment for growth it has been for so long.

-If you are over the age of 60, use your best judgement and EXTREME caution in public places.

We understand that many schools have been closed because of this Corona Virus.  If you and your children are healthy and not exhibiting any signs of illness, you may bring them to the club. Childcare is provided as part of the membership, but children over 12 YEARS OLD, UNDER PARENT SUPERVISION, MAY USE THE CLUB DURING THIS TIME OF CRISIS AT NO CHARGE UNTIL SCHOOLS ARE BACK IN SESSION.

WE KNOW OUR CUSTOMERS ARE SMART AND INFORMED. WE BELIEVE YOU CAN MAKE THE BEST DECISION AS TO WHETHER YOU SHOULD EXERCISE. IF YOU ARE CURRENTLY HEALTHY, EXERCISE CAN HELP BUILD YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM.

We will keep you up to date and informed if conditions change. Thank you for your support for all these years and here’s to a bright and healthy future.

-IN HEALTH,

FITNESS SYSTEM MANAGEMENT