Additions at JFit intend to improve member health and gym experience

by | Sep 3, 2018 | Other News

Over the past month, JFit at the Simon Family JCC, has established new programs and classes—including a massage therapy service.

“I’m always looking for new opportunities for the JCC to improve our services, whether it’s a new program, equipment, or talented instructors,” says Tom Purcell, membership and wellness director.

New programs and services at JFit


Thursdays through September 20, 11:15 am

“We wanted to bring Tai Chi in as a six-week series, so our participants can learn this fine art,” says Purcell. “Each class is a building block of instruction, exercise, and education to help with the fundamentals.”

Instructor Mike Laramore is certified through The American Tai Chi and Qigong Association and has taught in the area for more than 30 years.

“Tai Chi is a wonderful exercise as well as a great martial art,” says Laramore. “The form I teach here at the JCC is shortened from the long form to make it easier to learn and practice.”


Classes begin September 18 and September 20

Class once per week for 16 weeks, then once a month through end of year

Taught by Tom Purcell, the program’s goal is to help members lose weight, adopt healthy habits, and reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. A bonus for some is that for those who qualify, health insurance may cover the program’s cost.

“Small, weekly group meetings will focus on weight control, lifestyle choices, managing stress, and increasing activity levels,” says Purcell.

This program follows the Center for Disease Control guidelines, which are proven to reduce an individual’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58%.


Cost: $65–$125

Open House: Tuesday, Sept. 11 and Thursday, Sept. 13, 10 am–6pm

JFit’s new massage therapy services help relieve stress, improve circulation, and lower blood pressure.

Performed by Dr. Willita Morring, a doctor of Naturopathy, the new service will offer a variety of massages such as sports, aromatic, and cellulite massages.

“We wanted to add another wellness service to help complement our current amenities,” says Purcell. “Wellness is part physical and mental.”

For more information on any of these programs, contact Tom Purcell, membership and wellness director, at 757-321-2310 or