NORWELL “There is never a good time, but the right time.”
That carefully worded message sent to his business brings peace to the founders and longtime owners of the Webb Pro Fitness gym in Norwell, which closed last week after more than 40 years of serving South Shore residents. The gym, which offered popular fitness classes and included a pool, was owned by Amy and Greg Webb.
The Webbs got into the fitness business in 1977 when they opened a small, men’s weights gym in Scituate. Soon the space was overflowing with new fitness junkies looking to incorporate strength training, and more space was needed, leading to the opening of Webb’s Pro Fitness at the Norwell location in 1981. The gym welcomed guests for the next season on Wednesday, March 29. .
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“We’re going back,” Amy said with a smile. “In the beginning there were people in leotards and dancing barefoot on the carpet for aerobics. We went through it all with aerobics and steps and Zoom, through two retreats and a lot of gym competition. Our partners stayed with us and helped see us through.”
“Some have been with us since we first opened,” Greg said.
Amy has managed the Norwell site since it opened. He has a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in educational media with a focus on sports communication. She has taught classes in water aerobics, yoga, water Zumba, bodybuilding and more, but the real experience comes from her own triumphs and struggles with fitness and health.
She suffered a brain aneurysm at the age of 24 and has had two subsequent operations, three C-sections and a stem cell transplant in 2013. A heel transplant was another health scare in which she was hospitalized for cancer for six weeks. treatment
“Make it big and live a full life,” Amy wrote on the page. “But knowing that I could ever go through a medical path as long and hard as this 6 week one… We understood that this is the time to leave. There is never a good time, but the time is right. .
Greg is a commercial real estate developer, but has a passion for weight lifting and won first place in a multistate bench press competition in the 1990s. He is also an avid skier who recently recovered from a hip replacement.
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Webb’s had worked extensively on the reservation system since the start of the COVID pandemic. Guests can reserve a specific time slot in the lap pool or wear a piece of cardio equipment, something Amy said has helped create a group culture of fitness and accountability.
Since the closure was announced last month, the couple said they received dozens of letters and letters from members.
“There are people saying ‘thank you’ and saying that they loved their life there,” Amia said. “We have to admit, we really touch people’s lives. A lot of people there have made lifelong friends.”
“The outpouring of support humbled Amy,” her husband said. “It’s incredible to watch.”
The Webbs sold the building to someone looking to open a Brazilian jiu-jitsu studio. Most of the instructors from the original cohort will remain to teach more of the original classes, but the pool will close to accommodate the new practice. Greg said he and Amy are excited the new owners will take an innovative approach to fitness and wish them the best of luck.
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