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3rd Annual Victor Martinez Fitness Challenge and Fun Run for Autism

 

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The Colosseum Gym proudly hosted the 3rd Annual Victor Martinez Fitness Challenge and Fun Run for Autism on Saturday, June 15th in Columbia, MD.  The event consisted of 6 total events with an optional run. Events included a bench press (men: 185lbs / 225 lbs; women: 115lbs / 135lbs), squat (men: 225lbs / 275 lbs; women: 135lbs / 165lbs), deadlift (men: 225lbs / 275 lbs; women: 155lbs / 185lbs), pull-up (unassisted body weight), tire flip, and sled drag (men: 225lbs; women: 135lbs). Scoring was based on 50% of the participants’ total number of repetitions achieved throughout all events and 50% of the total number of dollars raised for the charity by pledges (100% of the fees, donations and raffle money went to Autism Speaks).

In addition to the great athletes who participated in the event and the highly supportive spectators, celebrity guests included IFBB Pros Jon Delarosa, Swann Cardot and Aaron Clark.  The Colosseum Strongman team also delighted spectators with incredible feats of strength.  The event raised over $4,000!  Additionally, donations continue to come in through the FitForAutism.com website which will remain active.  If you’d like to donate and show your support, please go to www.fitforautism.com (100% of all donations will go to Autism Speaks).

Grand Prize Winner Jon Metro is the Fit For Autism grand prize overall winner.  Jon scored a total of 144 reps and received over $700 in pledges.  Currently, Jon is a resident of Ocean City, Maryland and works for the Worcester County Developmental Center.  Prior to this, he was a Combat Medic in the U.S. Army where he served 7 years and 2 tours in Iraq. Jon developed a passion for fitness during his military service that has become an integral part of his life.  After an overall win in men’s physique at the OCB Regional competition in April, Jon has his sights set on dominating the NPC Maryland State / East Coast Championship next weekend in Rockville, Maryland.  Needless to say, Jon is stoked about attending the 2013 Mr. Olympia in Las Vegas with Team MHP and receiving the Gourmet Steak Package from Heartland Home Foods!

About Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks is the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. It is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Mr. Wright is the former vice chairman of General Electric and chief executive officer of NBC and NBC Universal. Since its inception, Autism Speaks has committed more than $195 million to research and developing innovative resources for families. Each year Walk Now for Autism Speaks events are held in more than 100 cities across North America. On the global front, Autism Speaks has established partnerships and related activities in more than 40 countries on five continents to foster international research, services and awareness. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit www.AutismSpeaks.org.

For more event details, video clips and photos, please go to www.fitforautism.com. If you could not attend the event, please consider a donation on behalf of Victor Martinez to support the groundbreaking programs and special projects that Autism Speaks fund.

Click here to make a donation today

The Colosseum Gym would like to thank all of the sponsors of this event including David Johnston Training, MHP, Heartland Home Foods, American Muscle Supply, GetSome Xtreme Wear, Nutrition Locker, and The Calming Effect Therapeutic Massage.

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Semi-Pro football team joins the Colosseum

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The Arbutus Big Red semi-pro football team has joined our membership ranks!  We have our front desk salesman and trainer, Mike Greengold, to thank for the bump in membership.  He is a defensive lineman for the Big Red and helped arrange memberships for his team.

The Big Red will only be in for team workouts Wednesday night at 730 and Sundays at 3.  Its a big group so parking will be more difficult than usual during these times, however the players have already started setting up carpools.

 

Referral Raffle Mar 1 – May 1

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Receive a free month of membership (per referral)
PLUS
You & your referral entered into raffle to win prizes
Grand Prizes
1st and 2nd Grand Prize Award (member with the most referrals and runner up)
$100 Sunglasses Hut Gift Card or
$100 Max Muscle Gift Card
Raffle Items
1st Prize: $50 Exxon Gas Card
2nd Prize: $50 Heavy Seas Restaurant Gift Card
3rd Prize: $50 Dicks Sporting Goods Gift Card
4th Prize: $25 Starbucks Gift Card
…more items to follow!!

Limited time only. March 1 – May 1. Drawing on Wed May 2nd.  There are no limitations on the number of referrals one member can generate. Referrals valid for new members only. Only one member may claim an individual as their referral. To claim a new member as your referral, that new member must tell us your name and that you referred them at the time of signup. You will receive a $15 credit towards membership dues for EACH referral you generate. For a referral to count, the new member must sign up in full with a signed month to month agreement prior to the May 1st deadline. New members will be entered in the raffle even if they were not referred. New members will receive 1 raffle ticket. Existing members will receive 1 raffle ticket for each referral generated. There is no limit to the number of prizes one member can win. For corporate or group accounts only grand prize items and raffle tickets will be rewarded for referrals (no membership discount).

 

Help Bring Christmas to Families on Local Domestic Violence Shelters

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Christmas is a magical time of giving and receiving gifts and sharing time with ones we love, but for some, this Holiday can be very difficult.  Some families go through challenging times around Christmas and find support through shelters such as local Domestic Violence Shelters.

The centers provide safety and comfort to those who need it, and during the Holidays also try to rekindle a shred of the magic by having presents for the families and children they serve.

Earlier this month, Colosseum owner, Tim Gallagher, spoke with a representative from a local Domestic Violence Center about how he could help donate Christmas presents for those families.  Here is what he found:

The Domestic Violence Centers appreciate gifts in the form of gift cards to local stores such as target, kohls, toys r us, kmart, etc. so that they can purchase age appropriate and perhaps even kid-specific presents.

If you would like to help us on our mission to raise $2500 for these families, please drop a gift card (recommended amount $25) into the check slot at the front desk.  Tim will personally see to their delivery.  THANK YOU SO MUCH for supporting this deserving cause!

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Colosseum Expansion Part II

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The wall is up and construction on the back room is complete!  We have purchased some new equipment including two squat racks, a new set of rubber covered bumper plates, clips, Olympic bars, deadlifting platforms, a boxing bag, and more!

The results of the Facebook Poll are in!  The official Facebook name for the backroom is …. (drum roll please) … The I pick things up and put them down room.  ?  … really guys? I’d like to call out a certain someone with a first name that begins with the letter “K” and rhymes with Lady for creating that hilarious option.

Supreme Dictator Tim has overruled the ridiculous Facebook poll name and has decided to go with something a little simpler and more relevant: The Arena!  The floor of the Colosseum where the gladiators did battle was referred to as the Arena, and it was the stage for all the action.

Despite being overruled, many thanks to all who participated in the poll! You’re interaction with us helps give us new and better ideas on how to continue serving you best!