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Dulaney students bid farewell to Merritt Clubs Cranbrook

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Julia Comoglio

After 20 years of service, Merritt Clubs recently announced the closing of its Cranbrook location. With the gym being just a 4-minute drive from Dulaney and a walkable distance from the surrounding apartment complexes, its closing has impacted many students.

Merritt Clubs Cranbrook provides all the state-of-the-art equipment members need for any complete workout. Members had a comfortable and uncrowded gym experience, a perfect fit for those starting their fitness journey. The gym’s closure sent shock waves among Dulaney students, forcing them to find alternative gym locations and affecting their workout routines.

Senior Julia Comoglio says, “I haven’t been able to workout in a gym for over a month now. I could’ve joined another gym earlier, but most gyms aren’t as cost effective, so me and my friends are trying to join Brick Bodies.” 

Brick Bodies costs $40-50/month for a family membership, while Merritt Clubs Cranbrook had deals as low as $29/month.

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“Gymtimidation” is a common fear people have due to feeling insecure about working out in front of others or being overwhelmed by the equipment or size of a gym. With a relatively small location and friendly atmosphere, Merritt was able to provide a more comfortable experience for many. 

Comoglio says, “I like how the gym is small and even though I recognize people it’s not intimidating to go to.”

Dulaney students gravitated to Merritt Clubs Cranbrook due to its close proximity, making it an accessible gym for non-drivers as well. Junior Braden Siri was immediately interested in the gym due to its convenience. As a result of the closing, he continues his fitness journey at Crunch Fitness, located in Timonium. 

“At my new gym, I have to bike there…5 miles each way,” Siri says.  

While Merritt will be missed by Dulaney students it has pushed students to explore alternative methods of reaching their fitness goals.

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Nayeli Portillo, Staff Writer
Senior Nayeli Portillo is a first-year staff writer for the Dulaney Griffin. Portillo will never say no to boba or a thrifting trip, and only works to buy concert tickets and shoes. She loves Boston with all her heart and hopes to move there someday. 
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