F45 Training ready after recent grand opening

West Knoxville’s newest franchise, F45 Training at 9405 S. Northshore Drive, held its grand opening Saturday, Sept. 19.

Built during the March quarantine, F45 launched successfully “during the strangest times in recent history,” owner/operator Chip Gibson said.

F45 Training, of which F45 stands for functional fitness 45 minutes, provides a different experience in circuit training with COVID-19 restrictions in mind.

“With exception of (Saturdays), they are all 45-miniute classes,” he said. On Saturdays, F45 offers a 60-minute hybrid workout.

Stations are spaced apart, everyone gets a temperature check as he or she walks in the door, and Gibson said a cleaning protocol is in place to keep the areas disinfected.

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Heidi’s Gym seeks support to expand, survive COVID-19

Heidi’s Musical Gymnastics, also known as Heidi’s Gym at 159 West End Ave. — a gymnastics studio in operation for 25 years in Farragut — is seeking community support to help her students train in competitive gymnastics.

Heidi De La Rocha, owner, curriculum director and teacher, recently started a Pay Pal on her website to receive donations that would help her purchase used uneven bars, so her students can do competitive gymnastics.

While the gym has been non-competitive for 20 years, she started offering a competitive program last year.

De La Rocha noted the students did well last year, but the season was cut short this year because of the pandemic.

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Don’t let new SECURE Act rules take 40 percent of your IRA

A gentleman in his late 60s came to see me recently and told me that his beloved father had left him an IRA worth just over $1 million.

He told me how he already had filled out the forms to withdraw the money and use it to pay off his house, take a trip and give some money to his own kids and grandkids. And then, he wanted help investing the rest of the money for his own retirement.

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business briefs

• Nearly 15 years after opening his first Firehouse Subs restaurant in Knoxville, Firehouse Subs Franchisee James Blake has been presented with an Axe Award in the Mid-Atlantic Franchisee of the Year category by Firehouse of America. The Blake family’s franchise owns and operates Firehouse Subs restaurants in Farragut, Knoxville, Lenoir City, Oak Ridge, Maryville and Pigeon Forge.

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