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Ashburn Blog: BlackBench Fit to close doors and move operations to Gold’s Gym

Five years ago, when BlackBench Fit opened their brick-and-morter fitness studio in Ashburn, there were only a handful of boutique workout gyms in town. Today there are at least 30 in the area.

As competition as increased, BlackBench owners Trish Drennan and Lisa Allen have shifted their business model to create new opportunities and reach different age groups.

BlackBench Fit recently announced a new partnership with the national chain Gold's Gym in their Ashburn location – which they will call Gold's Performance.

“We were having a hard time growing and we sat back and said 'what is the next trend?' said Drennan.

“The market in this area is very competitive and we want to continue doing what we are doing,” she added.

Gold's approached Drennan and Allen about creating a boutique experience in their gym – and after consideration, they realized this was the right approach and a “natural evolution” for their next move.

BlackBench Fit will be closing their location and working out of Gold's Gym Ashburn as of January 3. They will offer their service, workouts and training for both adults and youth sports performance programs.

“We are aiming to get ahead of the fitness curve by bringing the small gym experience inside a large gym and retaining the unique benefits each has to offer,” Allen said.

“We are excited about this new chapter in our journey,” she added.

100WomenStrong honors Sterling teachers

As part of their community outreach, the local non-profit 100WomenStrong recently honored teachers at Sterling Elementary who invest their time to volunteer and support the school's after school programs.

Principal Jennifer Meres Short said she works regularly with the organization, who provides a grant to support a full time community school's coordinator position, which she said has been a great asset to the school.

“We meet periodically to discuss our needs,” Meres Short said. “It's nice they ask what we need and find a way to support our teachers. It blesses our school's staff who work so hard,” she said.

Pam Ray, programs coordinator for 100WomenStrong, said they provided special holiday gift bags for all of the teachers who volunteer their time for free after school, so students can enjoy activities such as lacrosse, running, dance and a healthy kids program.

“We are so happy to support these deserving teachers, especially during the holiday season,” Ray said.

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