The 2013 “Making a Difference” Award Goes To…

by Candice Hudson and Martha Hicks Leta

Managing owner of Fitness Together in Burlington and Melrose, Brendan Stapleton, was recently recognized with the Making a Difference Award from among 240 Fitness Together studio owners at the company’s recent national conference in St. Petersburg Beach, Fla.

Stapleton was presented with this award for his efforts in making a difference in the Burlington community and beyond. During the past year, Stapleton raised nearly $200,000 by participating in numerous races, including marathons, triathlons and a 12 hour walk, and donated the money to local chapters of the Make-A-Wish Foundation®, American Diabetes Association (ADA), St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital and the Nashoba Learning Group, among others.

“While there are many well-deserving studio owners in our system this year, Brendan Stapleton went above and beyond,” said Jeff Jervik, CEO and President of Fitness Together Holdings, Inc. “He is truly an asset to the Fitness Together family, and this award is a token of our appreciation for his dedication to making Fitness Together successful in his local community and in the industry.”

Last year Stapleton ran in his fifth Boston Marathon to raise money for the American Diabetes Association. Between 2011 and 2012 Stapleton competed in 4 full marathons. Over the course of his career, he’s run in too many to count. In addition, Stapleton and four friends raised $25,000 for the Nashoba Learning Center, a school for children with Autism where his good friend and fellow running mate, Peter Argriros, is a staff member.

“I couldn’t have raised this money without the generosity of my clients, family and friends, so this award is really for all of us,” said Stapleton. “My passion has always been helping to make people’s lives better. That’s why I got involved in the fitness industry. Whether it’s by helping clients get healthier by working out at my studios or raising money for organizations, I think it’s important to make a difference in whatever way you can.”

Stapleton works closely with each client to develop a personalized program that meets the client’s fitness needs and agrees with their budget. This includes strength and cardio training in addition to nutrition counseling and a level of accountability and coaching not found with other programs. Stapleton also recently took ownership of Fitness Together of Melrose and is helping to make the community a healthier place.

“After being with Fitness Together for all these years all I can say is I love my job! There is nothing better than seeing a client reach their goals and become who they have always wanted to be!”

Fitness Together of Burlington is located at 212 Cambridge Street. For more information, please call (781) 273-0093 or visit FTBurlington

Fitness Together of Melrose is located at 445 Franklin Street. For more information, please call (781) 665-8282 or visit FTMelrose

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