The roots of the Coolidge Corner Gym are traced to January 7, 1974 when
it opened as the Body Shoppe for women at the site of the old
Allston Cinema (now Staples). In 1978 Bob Merwin sold the business to
gym manager Maria Kovaks and it moved to Soldiers Field Road in Brighton
After aproximately nine months the gym relocated
to the top floor of 310 Harvard Street in Brookline. Two years later,
the gym wanted to expand to include male members so it moved to a larger
space in the lower level of the same building.
In aproximately 1995, the
gym was purchased and re-named Fitness Connection. In 2005 the gym was
again sold, becoming member-owned and called Coolidge Corner Gym.