The ReFit Revolution fitness company is relocating from a 3,600-square-foot space on Richland Drive to 12,000 square feet in its own building at 1522 Washington Ave. near downtown.
ReFit, founded in 2011 by partners Catherine Ballas, Emily Field and Angela Beeler, will use about 12,000 square feet in the 20,000-square-foot former Integ building. It will offer the rest of the space to other health, wellness or fitness tenants, Beeler said.
Waco real estate agent Gregg Glime brokered the sale to ReFit and is marketing the structure. The property was listed for $595,000, though he declined to quote the sales price.
ReFit plans to start a renovation in the next month or two, Glime said. Mitchell Construction will make space for ReFit’s corporate headquarters and its local workout studio.
Beeler said the ReFit team has traveled around the country to train and license people wanting to share the ReFit approach with would-be participants in their communities.
“So far, we have approved about 2,500 instructors,” Beeler said.
Clients also can access workouts online. ReFit targets women but welcomes men, whom Ballas referred to as “ReFit dudes.”
“Our goal is to create an experience,” Ballas said. “We offer group fitness with movement and music, but we believe we represent a difference from other workouts in that we promote change from the inside out. We want women to look in the mirror in the morning and like what they see.”
Workouts do not involve equipment or heavy lifting and do not prioritize weight loss. They are intended to improve cardiovascular health, balance, toning and flexibility, Beeler said.
Beeler said they offer an “unlimited membership” for about $40 a month and other custom and standard payment packages.
“We’re more of a pay-as-you-go club,” Beeler said.
Providence Healthcare Network will add “Ascension” to its name as part of a national effort “to make it clearer and easier for patients to access the care they need and to navigate their health,” according to a press release.
The new name, once adopted, will be “Ascension Providence.”
Providence has been a part of Ascension since 1999, according to the press release.
Providence and Ascension systems in six other states are moving to a unified name. In September, Ascension’s sites of care in Michigan and Wisconsin became the first to adopt the name.
“Adding the Ascension name to our own reflects the strength of being part of this national network,” Ascension Texas CEO Craig Cordola wrote in the press release.
Ascension Texas includes Providence in Waco and Seton in Austin.
New TSTC regents
Gov. Greg Abbott has appointed two Waco residents, Tony Abad and Curtis Cleveland, to the Texas State Technical College System Board of Regents, according to a press release from the governor’s office.
Abad “is a mechanical design engineer at SyberJet Aircraft with 30 years experience in aircraft modification,” the press release states. “He has been a community volunteer throughout Waco. He served as a charter board member of Voices Against Substance Abuse and volunteered with the Prosper Waco Financial Committee. Additionally, he served as president of the Sanger Heights Neighborhood Association and the Waco Sunrise Rotary. Abad received an Associate of Applied Science in drafting and design from TSTC Harlingen.”
Cleveland “is vice president of Central Texas Iron Works, Inc.,” according to the press release. “He is a member of the Greater Waco Advanced Manufacturing Academy Executive Committee, TSTC Foundation Board of Directors, and the Texas Sports Hall of Fame Board of Directors. Additionally, he is a member of the Association for Good Government Board of Directors, Extraco Bank Advisory Board of Directors, and the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Vestry. Cleveland received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas Tech University.”
For several years, Cleveland worked as an industry recruiter for the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce, frequently working with local real estate agent Bland Cromwell to bring companies such as Allergan, a multibillion-dollar pharmaceutical company, to Central Texas.
TFNB Your Bank For Life continues to expand its local presence, scheduling a ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand opening from 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 9 at its new location in Triangle Tower, Valley Mills and Waco drives.
Members of the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce are invited to attend the event, which will include food, drinks and live music, according to the chamber.
TFNB, headquartered in McGregor, also is building a branch near Ninth Street and Interstate 35.