Modern light gym. Sports equipment in gym. Barbells of different weight on rack.

Many Arizona businesses are working hard to get their stores back to business after a challenging few months.

Since its reopening on May 18, Mountainside Fitness has expressed appreciation for its employees.

As a way of saying “thank you” to them and to relieve the financial burden the pandemic caused, Mountainside Fitness and Tom Hatten, CEO and founder, and Robyn Klawitter, senior vice president of human resources, established the new “Firebird” Fund Employee Assistance Program.

The program will be used to assist any Mountainside Fitness employee with a need in one of five categories including financial, medical, meals, paid-time off or child care. Every employee is eligible to request assistance.

The program is overseen and governed by nine board members coming from the fitness clubs. No corporate office employee will be eligible to serve on the board. This committee will determine disbursement of funds to employee request as well as oversee fundraisers.

To help jump-start the program, Hatten donated $10,000 to the fund. Mountainside Fitness employees can contribute to the fund either by donating one to two days of personal time off or monetary contributions that can be deducted from future paychecks that will go directly into the fund.

“As we continue to face the unprecedented COVID-19 situation, we are grateful for our tremendous employees that work hard to ensure our guests are safe and our fitness centers remain healthy and happy,” Hatten said.

“Taking care of our valuable team is important to Mountainside Fitness and we are fortunate to be able to provide assistance during these uncertain times and moving forward. It will be an addition to our culture.”

Mountainside Fitness Locations

Happy Valley Towne Center

2501 W. Happy Valley Road, Suite 30, Phoenix


North Phoenix

2655 W. Carefree Highway, Phoenix


North Scottsdale (Ice Den)

9375 E. Bell Road, Scottsdale


Phoenix (Desert Ridge)

4355 E. Irma Lane, Phoenix