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In-Shape Health Clubs declares bankruptcy amid pandemic

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Posted at 1:48 PM, Dec 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-16 16:48:07-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) — In-Shape Health Clubs, which has locations around Bakersfield, has declared bankruptcy.

In a letter to members, In-Shape Health Clubs CEO Francesca Schuler said because of the pandemic the majority of their gyms have been closed the majority of this year leading the chain to have to restructure its business model. The letter said members will not see their membership status change moving forward.

"However, the state’s extended shutdown of gyms has dramatically impacted our business, which is requiring us to develop a plan to restructure our business for the future. As part of this plan, we are filing for Chapter 11 relief so we can continue our day-to-day operations while we restructure the company to ensure our long-term viability. This plan will not affect your current membership status. You may receive legal communication related to the filing; this is a normal part of the process. For the most recent updates and full details, please visit www.inshape.com/restructure."

The CEO pointed out that In-Shape gyms implemented extensive safety protocols, including enhanced cleanliness/sanitation processes, touchless check-in, and a new reservation app. And that over 90% of the gyms' members felt safe as a result of those protocols.

Schuler went on to say in the statement: "I want to reassure you that In-Shape is not going anywhere. Our team is committed to serving our amazing community of members and we plan to continue offering safe, affordable and equitable access to fitness for many years to come. We are grateful to you and the whole In-Shape community for your loyalty."