Our Mission

To offer our members an environment that supports continued health, emotional well-being, and improved quality of life.

We are excited to celebrate over 30 amazing years with our members & guests. If it weren’t for you, we would not be here today.

Here is a brief synopsis of a company focused on improving the health and wellness for all ages, all abilities, & all interests through healthy exercise and fitness:

April 1982 – Local Centralian, Dale Pullin opened Thorbeckes Fitness Center, an 800 sf. weight lifting facility in downtown Centralia. In the first month alone, 125 memberships were sold to those seeking to train in advanced strength & weight training.

1984 – Thorbeckes Fitness relocated for the next 10 years to a larger downtown building where fitness classes and additional equipment could be added. This was a time when aerobics classes and cardio equipment began a whole new revolution in fitness clubs.

1993 – As membership continued to grow, more space was needed to meet the demand. The opportunity to add another club in Chehalis became available when Fitness Plus was up for sale. This downtown Chehalis location became Thorbeckes Fitness/Chehalis, creating additional choices for physical fitness and health related activities for the more.

1994 – Thorbeckes Parkside Fitness, a brand new two story fitness club opened in its current location in Borst Park. Through a public/private partnership with the City of Centralia, Thorbeckes was able to add racquetball facilities, large locker rooms, and separate free weight, cardio, group fitness, & tanning facilities in a beautiful park setting.

2001 – Thorbeckes partnered with the City of Centralia and the Centralia School District to operate the community pool. Since that time, thousands of people have enjoyed water exercise, swim lessons, swim parties, community swim team competitions, and much more.

2003 – Thorbeckes FitLife Center/Chehalis, a 56,000 sf. facility was built at its current location in Chehalis. This facility is home to our indoor tennis center, gymnastics center, 30 – foot climbing wall, Thorbeckes ADAPT Performance facility, and many other amenities.

2004 – Thorbeckes Express Center in Rochester opened. This 24 hour, key card access facility has free weights, circuit training, and cardio equipment to provide northern Lewis County a wonderful place to work out.

2006 – As part of the 25th anniversary, and to continue our mission, Thorbeckes Healthy Beginnings, non-profit was established. Our kid-friendly mascot, Captain Thorbeckes – The Super Hero of Health was created to help promote fitness & more active living to kids. Through this endeavor, we continue to provide educational books, t-shirts, and school assemblies to children throughout Lewis County.

2009 – Thorbeckes expanded its Centralia facility by adding Thorbeckes CrossFit. Our Crossfit box is designed to give students a fast paced, mixed martial arts emphasized workout.

2013 – Essential Yoga Studio & Hot Yoga facility added to Thorbeckes FitlLife Center in Chehalis.

In the coming years, we look forward in continuing to be a contributor to the health and wellness of people of all ages in our region. Thank you for being a part of our team – Team

Staff Contacts


Managing Owner
Dale Pullin


General Manager
Jenni Bodnar

Chief Financial Officer
Tracy Lambert

Membership Accounting, Chehalis Site Manager
Kari Schori

Aquatics Facility Manager/ Centralia Reception Manager
Heather Bonagofski

Program Directors

Human Resources
Sharon Ellis

Marketing Coordinator
Kerry Coombs

Swimming Lessons
Amanda Otterness

CrossFit Director
Travis Schliesser

Group Fitness Director
Jen Watson

Gymnastics Coordinator
Deadra Novolynski

J.U.M.P. Program Director
Sue Hill

Personal Training Director
Bryan Erickson

Rock Wall Coordinator
Brett Brockmueller

Thorbeckes ADAPT Performance Director
Bryan Erickson

Tae Kwon Do Instructors
Lee & Dorothy Caldwell

Tennis Director
T.J. Underwood

Yoga Director
Melissa Fox