The owner of New York Sports Club, which has 12 fitness locations across Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties, filed for bankruptcy on Monday. 

Town Sports International and its affiliates have the latest fitness center business to file for bankruptcy protection due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which kept gyms in New York closed until Aug. 24 and now has them operating at a reduced capacity. 

Gyms will remain open during the Chapter 11 proceeding, although modifications are in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. New York Sports Club has eight locations in Westchester and two apiece in Rockland and Putnam. 

The legal action points to a sharp drop in revenue after health clubs were ordered to close, according to court documents. In a statement on its website, Town Sports said they filed to “successfully restructure their debts to best position the Company for long-term success in the current fitness industry environment.”

Town Sports, a 47-year-old company, owns other gyms in the country, including the Sports Clubs in Boston, Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia, Lucille Roberts and Total Women. The company owns 186 fitness clubs and has 605,000 members. 

When shutdowns began, the company terminated all non-executive employees and sought rent relief from landlords, according to the filing. 

“The COVID-19 pandemic put an immediate halt to the debtors business, leaving the debtors without a source of revenue to fund operations,” the court document stated. “COVID-19 has hit the health club industry particularly hard, and the industry has seen many closures and bankruptcy filings, including of some the largest national health clubs.”

Gold’s Gym and 24-Hour Fitness, which has clubs across the Lower Hudson Valley, filed for bankruptcy earlier this year.

David Propper covers New Rochelle and the shore towns. Reach him at and follow him on Twitter: dg_propsOur local coverage is only possible with support from our readers. Sign up for a digital subscription here.

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