From our friends at Newaygo Fitness Club:
Some of you may have heard that the federal appeals courts agreed to delay implementation of a judge's order that would have allowed indoor gyms to reopen in Michigan, because of the current growing number of COVID-19 cases.
With the current ruling, we do not know what the liability has in store for us if we continue our operation, and we canâ€™t take the risk of losing our club to fees associated with defending our position in court.
Unfortunately, as much as we DO NOT want to do this, we must shut the club down once again. We will continue to monitor the ruling and update you on a new opening date.
We had opened with data that showed us that cases were decreasing and made the decision to open while following all of the CDC guidelines. This decision was made because we understand the external costs of keeping our club shut down. The data shows us that suicides, drug use, and domestic violence are all on the rise because of this pandemic. We know that we are a beacon of hope for many people in the area and we will continue to support our mission to bring health and wellness to Newaygo county.
We will be performing outdoor classes and group exercise programs within the guidelines of the CDC. Please follow this link to see the current schedule http://www.newaygofitnessclub.com/class-schedule.html.
If you would like to freeze your account for NO COST please respond that you would like your membership frozen to this email or call us at 231-928-5013 Monday-Thursday from 8am-6pm and Friday from 8am-4pm.
Thank you all for your continued support!
We will make it out of this pandemic STRONGER THAN EVER!
“The talent is here.”
That’s the record for the Fremont footballers the past 5 years.
A victory midway through the season in 2018 over Central Montcalm a team that finished 0-9.
The following year the Hornets put together a 7-3 season and made the playoffs.
The Pack went 0-9.
So how does one come into a program that has struggled to stay within shouting distance much less win a game and turn it around?
Infuse confidence according to new Head Coach Jason Carpenter.
“Confidence comes from preparation. For these kids to believe they can win they have to compete every day not just once a week. And the preparation has to go beyond the practice field and be a part of their home life as well.”
“Our practices are all about competition. Whatever the drill, whether it be one on one or in groups the players are competing against each other and no one likes to lose. Once they buy in and believe in themselves the players will be capable of taking care of business on the field.”
Carpenter has brought a new attitude, a new work ethic and fostered a sense of pride in his players and he is convinced this will translate into wins on the field.
“The talent is here,” he said in a recent sit down after one of the training sessions that take place twice daily 7-9am and 7-9 pm. His numbers for both conditioning get togethers has been around 40 and he expects the numbers going out for football to reach the mid 50’s by the time practices begin in earnest.
No stranger to winning, Carpenter was part of Milan High School's three year run of playoff teams and conference titles ending in 2000. He went on to play at Albion College where the Britons won an MIAA championship and later he coached a high school team in Ohio taking a winless program to the state tournament in just a few years.
Carpenter oozes confidence.
“I hate losing.” he stated during our interview, a statement made obvious from his demeanor during out talk. The new coach is driven by not only a desire to instill a winning attitude in his players but to install a winning tradition in a school that has not visited the post season since 2013 and not advanced beyond game 10 since 2005.
The biggest challenges ahead?
“The players need to believe they can win and learn how to do it. I’ve seen talented teams that fall short at the end because they simply don’t know how to win. How to finish off an opponent.
"This team will need to learn how to close out games. And once again that goes back to preparation. When you take the field ready to win it’s because you have already gained the confidence to do so on a daily basis in practice and preparation.”
His staff includes a mix of coaches who have had experience with the team and newcomers. Jacob Tumele will be calling the plays on defense with Tom Threatt, Mack Houston, Morgan Wansten and Steve Lathrop assisting and Dale Bacon will be taking care of the all important O-line.
Carpenter, of course, will be directing the offense.
The coaches will all be learning a new language and the offense will undergo a major revamping as they move to more of a spread game.
“I think we’re going to catch some teams by surprise,” said the coach. “This is a whole new scheme on both sides of the ball.”
We asked the coach for three things that might be key for moving forward this season.
1.WEALTH (Work Ethic, Accountability, Loyalty, Toughness and Honor.”
2. Alphas- We need leadership and we expect players to step up.
3. No Excuses.
Of course there is the looming prospect of COVID-19 threatening to make its impact on the season.
“There are going to be cases once we get into the season and that means players will be missing games and need to sit out . Like other teams we will have to learn to treat it like an injury and recognize players are going to have to be out for a period of time.”
“I just hope we can have a season. These kids lost their spring in school and in sports and I’d hate to see them lose fall as well.”
It’s been a long drought between winning seasons for the Fremont faithful. The fans in recent years have become less patient and more vocal as the teams have struggled.
With Coach Carpenter at the helm it’s not likely he will silence the ‘experts’ who line the fence on Friday nights.
But if the Pack can feed on his desire to win…
They just might quiet down a bit.
The Packers will start the season on the road to Ludington and Big Rapids before initiating the newly renovated field in their home debut against Central Montcalm on September 11.
From Our friends at NFC:
After 3 months of being closed, we are happy to tell you that we will be opening Monday June 15th with limited hours. We will be open Monday-Friday 8am-8pm, Saturday and Sunday from 10-4. We will continue the 24/7 access in the near future.
We are making this decision because we know that a healthy community is needed right now, and exercise and positivity at our club is a beacon of hope for many of our citizens, myself included.
However, because Covid-19 is still here, we will need to take more precautions to keep our club safe and healthy.
We ask that you follow the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) guidelines while we take on this new challenge together.
The CDC states, “based on currently available information and clinical expertise, older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.” If you are at risk, please protect yourself.
If you are sick in any way, please stay home. We will monitor each person that comes into the gym, and it is our discretion on whether you will be fit to utilize the facility.
We also ask that all of our members clean each piece of equipment after each use with the many sanitation bottles we will have placed around the gym. Please clean anything that you touch when you are finished, barbells, dumbbells, medicine balls, cardio equipment, mats, weights, heavy bag, jump rope, squat rack, everything. We will do our part and thoroughly sanitize the gym before and after each day.
Please keep 6ft apart from each other. We will have a few treadmills taped off and some equipment staggered so that we are able to follow this guideline.
On the subject of face coverings - the CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. We have situated our club so that each person will be able to keep a distance of 6ft or more. Face coverings are recommended, but not required.
We will have the guidelines posted at the club and will update with any new information that the CDC puts forth.
If your membership is frozen and would like it to resume, please call us at (231) 928-5013 during our staffed hours.
Lastly, I want to personally thank everyone that supported us during this pandemic. Our fitness family is stronger than ever before, and we plan on continuing to build that strength.
Newaygo Fitness Club
MHSAA updates guidelines
EAST LANSING, Mich. – June 2 – The Michigan High School Athletic Association has updated its guidelines for reopening of school sports based on the lifting of her stay-at-home order and further recommendations from Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s office announced Monday, June 1. Winter and Spring sports were halted April 3 to help decrease the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
Following are points of likely interest from today’s update and a comment from MHSAA Executive Director Mark Uyl:
“We were excited and encouraged by Governor Whitmer’s announcements Monday,” said Uyl. “The opportunity for outside gatherings of up to 100 allowed us to rework a number of guidelines that we had published Friday as part of the MHSAA/NFHS reopening document.
“Our schools have been cautiously eager to take this long-awaited first step. We will continue to provide updates in accordance with the Governor’s directives for reopening the state, always prioritizing safety for all involved in school sports programs.”
Similar advisories will accompany future updates to the “MHSAA/NFHS Guidance for Re-Opening School Sports” with complete updates found on the MHSAA Website at https://www.mhsaa.com/coronavirus.