About The Fitness Forum

After graduate school from the University of South Carolina, Karen Leatherman, a Florence native, dreamed of operating a wellness facility to promote better health in the Florence Community. After proposing the idea to the management at Bruce Hospital, she received the green light to make her dream a reality. In 1984, the Fitness Forum was born as the first hospital based facility in SC, and one of the first dozen in the nation.During the 16 years as a hospital based facility, the Fitness Forum served as a wellness/fitness model for hospitals across the state. In 2000, Karen pursued the opportunity to take on full ownership of the Fitness Forum. As the Owner/President of the company, Karen’s dream has come full circle. Our employee family is comprised of:

Landra Calcutt
Director of Operations
Lisa Wilkins
Accounting Manager

Beth Williams
Kids Room Attendant
Chip Clary
Membership Representative
Whitney Tabor
Wellness Director

Kim Hawkins
Membership Representative/Kids’ Room Attendant

Julia Wagner
Kids Room Attendant/Front Desk Attendant

Connie Singletary
Membership Representative

Catherine Gough
Pilates Personal Trainer

Bobby Bethea
Personal Trainer

Robin Parker
Fitness Director/Personal Trainer

Brock McCallister
Cross Training Instructor II/Personal Trainer

Rod Stuckey
Personal Trainer
Stephanie Elgin
Group Exercise Instructor/Personal Trainer

Sandra Napier
Yoga/Pilates Instructor

Judy Kern
Yoga Instructor

Lynn Powell
Group Exercise Instructor/Personal Trainer

Dawn Walker
Aquatics/Swim Coach

Reggie Johnson
AB and Core Intervals Instructor