Let’s Take a Walk Down Memory Lane…

October 30, 1977

Light n’ Lovely opens in Salem, MA

January 1984

Light n’ Lovely in Salem is renamed Healthworks Fitness for Women

July 1984

Healthworks Cambridge opens at its authentic location in Porter Square

“Healthworks had only two locations: the mother ship in Salem, and our ‘under Tag’s Hardware’ location at Porter Square. We were two small strip mall locations, both with a very neighborhood feel.” — Jenny Briggs, Personal Trainer at Healthworks Cambridge since early 1992

“The ceiling was so low that when we brought in an assisted pull-up machine, a ceiling tile had to be taken out and your head went into the ceiling!” — Mark Harrington Jr., Healthworks Group President

September 1992

Healthworks Brookline opens on Commonwealth Avenue

January 1996

Healthworks Back Bay opens in Copley Square


James Foster sues Healthworks to turn into a member of the all-women’s membership

October 1997

Healthworks celebrates 20 years

December 1997

Suffolk Superior Court choose guidelines that Healthworks Back Bay can not bar males

“The chance that males would intimidate, harass and leer at feminine membership members was not sufficient to justify a competition that the ladies’s privateness could be violated, Judge Nonnie S. Burnes wrote in her choice. ‘Absent the unclothed exposure of intimate body parts, or the touching of body parts by members of the opposite sex, this court can find no basis for overriding the public accommodations statute’s mandate,’ she wrote.

“If that was the law, responded Mr. Harrington and others defending the nearly 50,000 Massachusetts women who belong to women-only clubs, the law had to be changed. They took to the State House.” — Carey Goldberg, “Lawyer’s Suit Challenges Women-Only Gyms,” The New York Times, January 26, 1998

January 1998

Governor Paul Cellucci indicators a brand new regulation permitting single-sex golf equipment to function

“…Foster may have won the battle, but he did not win the war. A bill was quickly introduced in the Massachusetts House that allowed single-sex clubs to operate in that state, and in January 1998, Massachusetts Gov. Paul Cellucci signed the bill into law. In a lot of ways, it was very positive for us,’ says (Mark) Harrington, who has owned Healthworks since 1977. ‘It brought attention to the niche we had, the significance of it and how important it was to a lot of people.’”— Stuart Goldman, “Women-only Health Clubs Play Important Role for Members,” Club Industry, March 1, 2012


Healthworks Foundation was fashioned as a 501c3

Healthworks Cambridge strikes to its new constructing in car parking zone of authentic membership, now often known as the Porter Square Shopping Center


Healthworks Foundation opens first membership at St. Mary’s


Healthworks Chestnut Hill opens

“The positives were memorable—the immediate success and acceptance, with members signing up in the parking lot trailer. The great team who knew not only every member’s name but all the family news that went along with creating relationships,”— Mark Harrington Sr., Healthworks Cofounder


Healthworks Community Fitness opens at Codman Square Health Center in Dorchester, devoted to offering high-quality health alternatives and well being schooling for girls and their households in underserved Boston neighborhoods


Healthworks Brookline relocates to its new membership in Coolidge Corner

The GymnasiumIt model is fashioned and opens its first membership in Brookline on Commonwealth Avenue (on the previous Healthworks Brookline location)


GymnasiumIt Watertown opens

Healthworks Group refocuses on premium golf equipment (Healthworks) and high-volume/low-cost golf equipment (GymnasiumIt). As a end result, the Salem membership closes


Republic Fitness is fashioned and its first membership opens in Downtown Boston’s Financial District


First Fitness Management is fashioned, specializing within the design and administration of health facilities for firms, property managers and establishments


HWX model is fashioned, bringing new, studio high quality lessons for the subsequent technology of group health at Healthworks and Republic Fitness

April 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic hits and all golf equipment shut their doorways as we enter right into a quarantine that final far longer than we ever anticipated. The crew rapidly pivots, providing digital lessons on Instagram and later, Vimeo, out of doors lessons, distant private coaching and extra. We are without end grateful to the members who caught with us and selected to financially assist our golf equipment, serving to us climate the storm

July 2020

Our golf equipment are capable of reopen with strict cleansing and security requirements in place. HWX Outdoor Classes launch and we proceed to develop our digital class choices


We celebrated our forty fourth anniversary and launched Healthworks Digital Studio (providing premium Livestream and On Demand lessons)

Due to the monetary challenges of the pandemic, we have been pressured to shut Healthworks Chestnut Hill. Remaining Healthworks golf equipment and Republic Fitness completed the yr off with 66% of the members we had in 2019, however with check-ins at 49% of 2019 charges. GymnasiumIt completed the yr with 85% of the members we had in 2019

“From the moment I joined the Healthworks team in 2003, I knew it was a special place to work. The past 18 years have brought us many ups and downs, but one thing remains the same – our Healthworks Community! Supportive, encouraging, and innovative. I look forward to seeing what’s in store for the future!” — Kristyn Fales, Healthworks Group Director of Personal Training

Now in 2022…

  • Healthworks Group now operates 20+ amenities in Greater Boston, together with Healthworks, Republic Fitness, GymnasiumIt, NB Fitness Club, The Track at New Balance and extra
  • Healthworks has 35% much less members than we did pre-pandemic, however new member enrollments are growing
  • Masks are lastly elective, however we stay dedicated to the well being and security of our members with proof of vaccines and using airPHX know-how
  • Recovery from the pandemic received’t occur in a single day, however we now have an unbelievable crew and neighborhood, and stay up for our development and the way forward for Healthworks Group!