This month, Mountainside Fitness is proud to celebrate and honor all 1,650 employees at its Annual Peak Awards Party.

The yearly employee recognition party was held in late January at The Duce in Central Phoenix where employees enjoyed a Western themed party and celebrated the past year’s accomplishments.

Mountainside Fitness has been celebrating employees at its Annual Peak Awards Party since 2015. Every year the event is held at a large venue and with a new theme.

Employees danced, enjoyed good cheer and celebrated one the best years on record for the company. Entertainment included a live country band plus a DJ. Food and drink reflected the western theme with Bbq and family picnic style.

Highlights of the evening included professional country swing dancers, a square dance performance by the Mountainside executive team, calf-roping on a mechanical calf, and a 45-minute award presentation of top-performing employees all choreographed to the Yellowstone television series.

During the evening Mountainside Fitness recognized employees in various categories from personal trainers, sales representatives, group fitness, child care, club operations, and the Spike Spirit Award which is presented to five (5) employees across all categories who exemplify “Outstanding Mountainside Spirit.”

The festivities were highlighted by the presentation of Legacy Awards to three longtime instructors who are celebrating 20 years at one location in Mesa, AZ. The three instructors, Val Tanner, Dodie Blomberg, and Kathy Vas, all began teaching group fitness at the Mesa club when it opened in 2002 and have successfully built a thriving fitness program.

“We are like a family here at Mountainside Fitness and our employees are incredibly special and important to us. Some have been with us a very long time and we were proud to honor these three fitness instructors who helped open our first Mesa location and have been changing lives for the better over the last 20 years,” said CEO Craig Cote.

Cote added it’s also very unique within the fitness industry to have three group fitness instructors continue at one location since its opening date over 20 years ago.

“When Craig and the team told us about the Legacy award it was not only incredibly special to be honored but really special for us to be honored as a trio who was here from the beginning and still working together now. I’ve never considered going to Mountainside everyday work instead it’s my passion and it’s the most rewarding experience knowing that you are making a significant difference in someone’s life,” said Val Tanner, Legacy award recipient.

About Mountainside Fitness

Mountainside Fitness is Arizona’s premier and privately-owned health club currently operating 19 locations & 115,000 active members in the Phoenix Metropolitan area. Established in 1991 by Valley native Tom Hatten, Mountainside Fitness is proud to offer guests more than 80 group fitness classes per week, state-of-the-art fitness equipment, on-site childcare, complimentary towel service and a wide range of amenities with friendly service, at an affordable price. Mountainside Fitness is dedicated to helping members achieve their goals by offering a team of committed professionals, beautifully appointed full-service locker rooms, the option for executive treatment with personal lockers and laundry service, complimentary Wi-Fi, and the M Café serving smoothies, bottled beverages and healthy snacks.


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