December 2020 | Volume 3 | Issue 12
Congratulations on making it through a topsy turvy year.
Our wish is that 2021 finds you and your loved ones healthy, safe and fit as a fiddle.
An elegant display in our lobby pays tribute to the gentleman whose name brands our building, gear, letterhead and everything that makes the Beede Center the Beede Center. 

Beloved Concordian Russ Beede was a selfless spirit who cherished family, friends and everyone’s well being. He passed away peacefully at home on Nov. 8. He was 85. 

Mr. Beede learned in early 2006 that a last-minute budget deficit threatened to thwart Opening Day of a long-proposed community fitness center. He reached into his own pocket to close the gap. Others followed and the Beede Swim & Fitness Center opened April 18, 2006. 

“Russ said, ‘Let’s go. We can do it,’” recalled Whit Painter, Mr. Beede’s friend of nearly 60 years. 

Through that moment of unconditional generosity, Mr. Beede has enabled thousands to improve their health, learn to swim and dive for fun and or competition, train for local, national, high school, college and international competitions, make friends, meet spouses, lead healthy lifestyles, learn life-saving skills and reach and exceed personal goals, to list a sampling of what he made possible. 

Mr. Beede also worked out here and graciously greeted members and staff by name and personalized friendly anecdotes. Most people he chatted with had no idea that his name graced our building and the shirts they were wearing. Mr. Beede’s only disappointment, friends say, was that the building was named after him. He learned to accept the honor, but his wish was to remain in the background. 

Mr. Beede was an extraordinary soul who cherished family and community. Generations in perpetuity will benefit from his legendary act of kindness. We are forever indebted to his commitment to community and our honor to carry on his legacy.  A beautiful writeup on his life is here. 
  • December 2 - Winter registration open to Members
  • December 9 - Winter registration open to Non-Members
  • December 9-19 - Youth Aquatics Pop-ups
  • December 12 - Food Drive Weekend - start planning now
  • December 15 - Fitness Challenge begins - look for more info coming
  • December 18 - Friday Family Fun Night
  • December 22- January 1 - Group Exercise Pop-ups
  • December 22 - January 3 - Adult Aquatics Pop-ups
  • December 24 - Open 7:00am-11:00am
  • December 25 - Closed for Christmas
  • December 31 - Open 7:00am-4:00pm
  • January 1 - Open 12:00pm-6:00pm
  • January 4 - Winter programming starts
Last month the Beede Center welcomed its 2 millionth check-in since our inception in April 2006. Member Claudia Curran, who admittedly, nearly blew off coming to the gym November 3, was lauded as she wrote her initials on the 7:00 pm roster. Claudia, who many of you know from the COA, received a basket of Beede swag, including a beanie, water bottle and coveted hoodie. Not skipping the gym pays dividends. Congratulations Claudia! 
Athletic Business, a respected trade publication for the fitness industry, shares these facts about working out, especially during stressful times, such as a pandemic. 

  • Data showed that for the 49.4 million member check-ins during the survey period, March 2020 - October 2020, only 1,155 cases were reported---a visit-to-virus ratio of .0023%. Notably, the report claims that none of the cases had been contracted within a fitness facility.
  • Fitness Centers are beneficial because they help reduce the following epidemics: obesity, inactivity, stress and lack of well-being. 

We hope this information, coupled with the cleaning and safety protocols that exceeds state health mandates, make you feel safe when visiting the Beede Center. 
Space is limited because our classes are smaller. Signup at for everything from getting in premium shape with the Masters Swim program, to getting your 6-month-old acclimated to the joy of swimming. We have it all, group and private classes. See our schedule of programs at  
By now, all of you have a pretty good handle on how to make a reservation to workout. If you are still having trouble, check out this video from

Everyone’s personal schedule shifts, which is why we understand you may need to alter or cancel a reservation. Our aim is to provide fitness opportunities for as many as is safely possible. The sooner you release a spot you cannot use, the sooner another member may register for it.

Your reservation receipt includes a link in red that provides a direct line to our email, We urge you to email us AS SOON AS YOU KNOW that you are unable to keep your reservation. If you cannot email, then call 978-287-1000. Let us know even if your session has already started, that way we won’t wait for you. If you get the voicemail, clearly leave your name, reservation details and a call-back number should we need to double check something with you. Your fellow Beede members will appreciate you for it. 
Become a minimalist. Storage of personal items is still prohibited in our locker rooms. This includes hanging coats on the hooks and leaving bags and winter boots on the floor. We have placed boot trays throughout the building for your convenience. 

The fewer things you bring in means the fewer things you need to store while you go about your workout. Please consider reducing the amount of gear you bring inside. Some items may be best left in your car or at home. Feel free to grab as many gray bins as you need to protect what must come inside. .  
Roasted Beet Goat Cheese Salad

This month we’re sharing a recipe to help ward off the guilt from indulging in sugar-coated saturated fats, which seem immune to pandemics. This tried, true and easy-to-follow recipe, borrowed from, proves you don’t have to sacrifice good taste to eat well. 

6 medium beets, scrubbed
6 c. arugula
1 avocado, sliced
4 oz. goat cheese, crumbled
1/2 c. chopped toasted walnuts
1/2 c. extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 c. balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp. maple syrup
2 tsp. Dijon mustard
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Preheat oven to 400°.
Wrap each beet in foil and place on a baking sheet.
Roast until tender (you can insert a fork or knife through the foil to test), about 1 hour.
Let sit until cool enough to handle, then peel and cut into wedges.
Meanwhile, make vinaigrette: In a jar, shake together olive oil, vinegar, maple syrup, and Dijon until fully combined. Season with salt and pepper.  
Place arugula in a large serving bowl and lightly dress with vinaigrette. Top with beets, avocado, goat cheese, and walnuts.
Toss gently and add more vinaigrette as needed.
Raleigh Fisher gives the equivalent of two thumbs up for his trainer Brian Kalagher.
Personal Trainer Brian Kalagher shares his experience about working with clients during a Pandemic. When the Beede Center closed in March, Brian continued to meet with clients via Zoom. Now that we are open again, he meets with many of his clients here. 

Q. How has the transition been from online training to in-person training?

 “I enjoy training in person 100 percent more. I believe in the value of face-to-face interaction.”

Q. How are you using the Fitness Studio?

“I like having the option of the open space in the Fitness Room. I like the light in the room, and the opportunity to use different pieces of equipment. My clients each have individual needs and there is equipment available for me to customize their workouts. Having a separate space for clients also frees up room in the Strength and Cardio rooms for members to work out on their own.”
Q. How have you adjusted to the new setup in the Strength Room? 

I am happy that we are able to keep so much of the equipment in the Strength Room. Getting rid of the bands, exercise balls and things that were not utilized all that much, removes touch points, clears a little clutter and makes for a more pleasing environment. 

Q.  How are you helping clients reach their goals?

“All of my clients come in with different goals - weight loss, better flexibility for example - but there is a lot of commonality among them. They all want to be fit and feel good about themselves. They want to be able to walk, get in and out of chairs and cars safely. We talk a lot about how exercise improves cognitive function and emotional and spiritual health.

I have all of my clients practicing nose breathing - because of the masks. Nose breathing increases your CO2 tolerance and optimizes the C02 to 02 ratio. It takes a little getting used to, but my clients are having noticeable improvements breathing and experiencing better endurance during their workouts. 

I love people who are motivated, and who want to make changes in and out of the gym.”

Brian is an Action Certified personal trainer, and has a certificate in nutrition. When not in the gym he enjoys mountain biking, snowboarding and family time. He works at the Beede Center every Tuesday through Friday from 5:30 am to 2:00 pm, and Saturdays from 7:00am to 2:00pm.
The calendar says Winter arrives on December 21.

Heavy snowfalls may necessitate Beede opening late, closing early or not opening at all.

We make this decision in concert with the Town Manager’s office and the Public Works Department. Once a strategy is decided, we send you an email and update our voice mail on 978-287-1000, and our social media.

Safety is paramount. We have to manage walkways and the parking lot before conditions become hazardous. Please wear footwear designed for a wintry climate. We have trays throughout the center to assist. Use as many gray bins as you need for your winter outerwear. Storage in locker rooms remains prohibited. 

Why not leave a parking space closer to the building for those who struggle with mobility? Many thanks in advance for your cooperation and kindness.
Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season and look forward to seeing you in the new year.
 Your friends at the Beede Center.