Mountainside Fitness finds ways to aid pandemic-stricken community


The state mandated closures surrounding COVID-19 have caused extreme financial hardships to Arizona businesses, coupled with the deaths and infections of Arizonans.

Wanting to do its part both financially and responsibly, Mountainside Fitness announced it will make a $100,000 donation to the Arizona Coronavirus Relief Fund April 27, according to a press release. Mountainside Fitness has locations in Scottsdale, Phoenix, Glendale and Mesa.

Tom Hatten, CEO and founder of Mountainside Fitness, said the company chose the state’s coronavirus relief fund because it helps organizations and people who are on the frontlines and struggling as result of COVID-19.

“We wanted to make the biggest impact we could and help as many people as possible,” Mr. Hatten said in a prepared statement. “This is the fund that is helping people throughout the state right now who are in all kinds of immediate desperate situations as of result of this pandemic.”

Mountainside Fitness is also partnering with Patients Choice, offering its parking lots, resources and staff to offer approximately 200 antibody tests per event to the general public. Patients Choice Lab will offer the drive-up antibody blood test to those who have pre-registered at

The first event for antibody testing was April 28 in the parking lot of Mountainside Fitness Glendale and April 29 at the Chandler location from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. At least five other antibody test sites and days will be assigned in the coming weeks.

The COVID-19 antibody testing is another way Mountainside hopes to assist the state so the re-open process moves smoothly over the next few weeks. Mr. Hatten says he hopes to see the state reopening by early May.

The antibody test for the coronavirus antibodies that help detect both current and past exposure. These results will be available within 24-48 hours. The price of test and blood draw $114. The goal is to test at least 200 people at each site. Participants must pre-register or call 602-923-0605.

“Thanks to Mountainside Fitness the COVID-19 Antibody testing will be available at Mountainside Fitness locations throughout the Phoenix Metro starting at Tuesday’s event and at many more of their locations in the weeks to come,” Chantell Ketchem, vice president of sales and marketing for Patient’s Choice Lab, said in a prepared statement.

“Mountainside Fitness has not only offered access to all of its locations but also provided important resources to my team that has helped make it possible to provide testing access to people in areas of our community that we may not have previously been able to reach.”