Fitness trainer uses his decade behind bars to inspire clients and help former inmates transform their lives

When the pandemic shut down New York City this past spring, personal trainer Hector Guadalupe was ready. He had already moved his workout sessions online.

a group of people posing for the camera: Hector Guadalupe, center, with graduates of his program in New York before Covid-19 closed gyms

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Hector Guadalupe, center, with graduates of his program in New York before Covid-19 closed gyms

But he hadn’t anticipated the impact the situation would have on his clients.

“Most of our clients were just really upset and depressed,” said Guadalupe, 42. “We all felt isolated. We all felt locked down.”

It’s a feeling Guadalupe knows all too well — from serving 10 years in prison for drug trafficking.

“I spent close to 31 months in solitary confinement,” he said. “I could’ve sat and let depression take over. … But guess what? What I do with my time is extremely valuable.”

In prison, Guadalupe discovered fitness and created a strict regimen for himself — exercising, meditating and reading each day.

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Mountainside Fitness invites employees back for training Monday

In a social media post Friday, Mountainside Fitness said it planned to re-open, but clarified Sunday they would only be open for employee training.

PHOENIX — Mountainside Fitness announced on social media Friday it would be reopening the week of Aug. 24. They backed off that stance Sunday, claiming to clarify they would only be open Monday for employee training.

The announcements came after dozens of other gyms got the green light from the state to open back up after a court ruled the state needed to allow some businesses the chance to apply and submit safety plans for re-opening.

Gyms have had to detail things like their safety protocols, how they’re sanitizing and keeping limited people inside their facilities.

As of Friday, The Arizona Department of Health Services says its gotten applications to reopen from more than 1,000 businesses like gyms and bars. So far, DHS denied 200 and

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Your Best Home Gym – Personal Fitness Options Just Got Better

Known as “the Ferrari of gym equipment,” Italy’s Technogym has been the choice of high-end fitness centers and commercial gyms for a quarter of a century. More than 80,000 fitness facilities in over 100 countries use the brand. If you travel and favor luxury hotels, you have probably seen and/or used it – Technogym is so popular with 4 and 5-Star hotel fitness centers that many brag about having the brand just as they do about using Frette linens or Bose sound systems. This is how I got to know the products, by working out on the road.

Now Technogym is bringing its long track record of sleek, functional design and very high quality to the

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24 Hour Fitness founder selling $13.5M Lafayette estate

24 Hour Fitness founder Mark Mastrov is looking to spot a buyer for his Lafayette, CA, home. The custom abode is on the market for a weighty $13.5 million.


24 Hour Fitness founder Mark Mastrov is looking to spot a buyer for his Lafayette, CA, home. The custom abode, located in the San Francisco Bay Area, is on the market for a

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31-year-old man dies after becoming stuck in water slide support at Scottsdale fitness center

The Scottsdale Police Department said the man’s body was recovered from the Eldorado Aquatic & Fitness Center.

PHOENIX — Editor’s note: The above video is from this morning’s newscast. 

A 31-year-old homeless man was found dead at a Scottsdale fitness center on Monday. 

The Scottsdale Police Department said the man’s body was recovered from the Eldorado Aquatic & Fitness Center.

The man was identified on Tuesday as 31-year-old Ryan Kelly. His cause of death will be determined by the Maricopa County Medical Examiner.

Police said an officer who was on patrol in the area of Miller Road and Oak Street heard what he believed were faint calls for help around 12:30 a.m. 

Officers were eventually able to determine the calls were coming from inside the locked aquatic center at Eldorado Park.

The man had climbed over the fence then somehow crawled inside the large cylindrical steel support for the water

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Apple Is Reportedly Starting a Fitness Service. Will You Sign Up?

a screenshot of a cell phone: It’s rumored that users will be able to bundle features such as Apple TV, Apple News, and a new fitness app.

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It’s rumored that users will be able to bundle features such as Apple TV, Apple News, and a new fitness app.

  • Apple is looking to launch a fitness subscription service, according to Bloomberg.
  • The fitness subscription service will likely come in the fall, along with other “Apple One” bundles, such as Apple TV and Apple Music.
  • The virtual fitness classes will be featured in an app that will work with iPad, iPhone, and Apple TV, according to Forbes.

Apple is poised to be the next brand joining in on the at-home workout boom. The coronavirus pandemic has spurred many gyms and trainers to get creative with their workout platforms, and Apple appears to be no exception.


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Alongside the new iPhone release in October, Apple is reportedly releasing a series of bundles internally called “Apple One.” The bundles will likely include options to combine subscriptions for Apple

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Sports Minsiter Kiren Rijiju Launches Fit India Youth Clubs on Independence Day to Promote Fitness

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Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on the occasion of the 74th Independence Day launched the Fit India Youth Club, an initiative to promote fitness across the country. The Fit India Youth Club, a part of the Fit India Movement envisioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, endeavours to harness the power of youth to create mass awareness about the importance of fitness, across the country.

The Fit India Youth Clubs brings together fitness and voluntarism in a unique way in which 75 lakh volunteers of Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan and National Service Scheme, along with Scouts and Guides, NCC and other youth organisations will come together to register in every block in the country. According to a Sports Authority of India (SAI) media release, under the aegis of a district unit, each member of the club will motivate people from the community to take up fitness activities of

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An awful Jazz-Nuggets Game 1 sequence was hilariously described as ‘L.A. Fitness at 3 o’clock’

Donovan Mitchell and Nikola Jokic had some highlights in their NBA Game 1 playoff matchup as the Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz played their first postseason game in the bubble.

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But one sequence in the second quarter? Not so much. It was some awful back-and-forth basketball.

There was a missed play at the hoop by Jordan Clarkson, a Paul Millsap turnover, a blown reverse by Mitchell. a Jerami Grant airball, a sloppy Mitchell pass for a turnover, and a failed alley-oop finish from Michael Porter Jr., all in one non-stop sequence.

That led to this gem from ESPN’s Mark Jones: “It’s looking like LA Fitness at 3 o’clock right now.”


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Muskegon college puts shuttered fitness center up for sale after $2.5M in losses

MUSKEGON, MI – Muskegon Community College is putting the Lakeshore Fitness Center up for sale after expensive maintenance and operational costs forced the college to close the facility in May.

The MCC Board of Trustees last week approved a request for proposals (RFP) seeking bids to purchase the fitness center, at 900 W. Western Ave. The board is seeking a permanent owner who will continue operating the facility as a fitness center, although trustees will consider any proposals that will “relieve the college of the financial burden of operating the facility.”

The facility has proven to be a financial burden for MCC since the college bought the former YMCA building for $1.17 million in 2015. Since then, MCC lost an average of $500,000 each year in annual operation costs, according to college officials.

The college discontinued operation of the 40-year-old facility in early May after it had logged $2.5 million

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NCWV athletes flock to Gorilla Fitness for off-season work

CLARKSBURG, W.Va (WDTV) – Former West Virginia University and Fairmont State defensive lineman Wesley Brown did not expect to stay in West Virginia after his college career.

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“I thought I was going to end up in Charlotte and the good lord brought me to West Virginia,” he joked.

After a few years of professional football in arena leagues, Brown threw in the cleats and found fitness. He got his start as a trainer at Pro Performance in Morgantown then moved to 24-Hour Fitness in Clarksburg. After training sessions in the parking lot became pretty crowded, he knew it was time to open up his own space. That’s when Gorilla Strength and Fitness was opened in 2013.

“It went from 3 kids and then next thing you know I had 20-30 kids in the building training with the style of speed, strength and agility, doing

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