Bloom Fitness Corporation

Lead with heart. Fitness follows.

aka Bloom Fitness   |   Houston, TX   |  www.bloomfitness.org

Mission

We build strong, inclusive wellness communities for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities

Ruling year info

2020

Founder/President

7139622260 John Watson

Main address

2047 Westcreek Ln

Houston, TX 77027 USA

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EIN

85-0978707

NTEE code info

Physical Fitness/Community Recreational Facilities (N30)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Bloom Fitness

Take a moment and consider why you commit (or don't commit) to a health and wellness program? Chances are it has very little to do with the fitness activity. Instead, it has to do with the feeling of pride, success, belonging, and love that you either gained or did not gain from the program.

Bloom Fitness leverages this through its commitment to the Bloom Community. Each Bloom Fitness class ALWAYS provides the opportunity to engage within the Bloom Community.

The Bloom Community offers athletes access to shared experiences that provide athletes with a sense of belonging. A positive, upbeat environment and an opportunity to benefit from community growth strategically facilitate this. On the surface, athletes earn stickers for completing classes on the Champions Board. With each milestone achieved through the Champions Board, athletes earn Bloom Fitness gear (such as shirts, wrist bands, and water bottles) during engaging, high-energy, regularly scheduled awards ceremonies. But just like your commitment to your current fitness program (or maybe even your favorite university or professional sports team), these awards and gear create a sense of belonging and connection that supersede any physical value the object could contain. The Bloom Community, full of t-shirt wearing, water bottle drinking committed members, provides its athletes with challenge and accomplishment, continued learning and empowerment, purpose and self-worth, and commitment and pride.

The Bloom Community successfully creates a lasting sense of belonging through fitness that it boasts a 99% athlete retention rate. Once a Bloom Fitness athlete - always a Bloom Fitness athlete.


Bloom Yoga
Bloom Yoga involves the formation of body postures, breath control, and meditation. Athletes follow a certified instructor through adaptable movements designed to encourage cross-body movement, balance, strength, and flexibility, improving overall balance and fitness. Simple meditations add a focus on mental health to mix. Together, Bloom Yoga maintains (and possibly increases) brain function in adults with IDD, improves the athlete's range of motion, and encourages healthy mental health through self-regulation, breathing, and meditation practices. Bloom yoga participants become aware of the mind and body experience through safe modifiable movements.

In-person, virtual, and Bloom Box Yoga classes are available, focusing on balance, flexibility, sensory integration, and mental health.


Bloom Pilates
Bloom Pilates consists of low-impact flexibility and muscular strength movements emphasizing proper posture, core strength, and balance. Bloom Pilates requires no additional equipment and is easily scalable to each athlete's needs. Like Bloom Yoga, Bloom Pilates movements have been strategically selected to enhance the mind and body, thus improving each athlete's overall well-being.

In-person and virtual Pilates classes are available.


Bloom Strength
Bloom Strength couples light dumbbell resistance training with bodyweight strength training. Athletes complete intentionally designed movements focused on proper form and body movement. Class activities can be performed standing or sitting and ebb and flow with intensity based on a pre-selected music playlist. For many Bloom Strength athletes, this is their first time engaging in resistance training. This motivating achievement increases overall strength, mobility, and coordination while improving muscular and bone strength and mental health.

In-person, virtual, and Bloom Box Strength classes are available. It focuses on cardiovascular and mental health, coordination, and muscular strength.


Bloom Cycle
Bloom Cycle is the hallmark Bloom Fitness program. It provides athletes access to top-quality cycle equipment specifically chosen for ease of use and quality of experience. Athletes receive extensive training on the mechanics of operating spin bikes safely and efficiently before attending any classes. Once approved for class, athletes participate in interval training - increasing and decreasing intensity levels as needed.

Bloom Cycle is only offered in-person and focuses on cardiovascular and mental health.


Bloom Dance
Bloom dance keeps athletes smiling and moving - taking the "work" out of a workout. Bloom Dance combines scalable low and high-intensity dance moves into a fun and engaging cardiovascular workout set to today's popular music tunes. Because dancing is often a preferred and easily accessible activity for adults with an IDD, Bloom Dance is a perfect place to begin one's fitness journey.

In-person, virtually, and through Bloom Box. It focuses on cardiovascular and mental health.


Bloom Box
Bloom Box is transforming the do-it-yourself fitness world. While Bloom Box meets the unique needs of aging adults with IDD, anyone who is beginning their fitness journey can use it anywhere. Additionally, anyone (not just certified instructors) can lead Bloom Box classes with very few additional skillsets. (Bloom Fitness recognizes that each individual has unique needs. Please consult your physician before trying any new fitness or wellness program.)
What differentiates Bloom Box from other at-home/work-based fitness programs is its adaptability for anyone with any physical or cognitive ability, as well as its commitment to providing each athlete with access to its world-class fitness-based community. Bloom Box users can experience the magic of Bloom yoga, strength, and dance with continued access to Bloom Fitness instructors and social media supports.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Adults

Where we work

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Community meetings/Town halls, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We recently updated our sound streaming capabilities after various Bloom Fitness athletes struggled with hearing the instructions.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Bloom Fitness Corporation

Board of directors
as of 2/9/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

John Watson


Board co-chair

David Baldwin

Co-President at SCF Partners; Chairman of the Baylor College of Medicine’s Board of Trustees

Keith Perry, MBA, CHCIO, FCHIME

Vice President and Chief Information Office, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Kevin Murphy

Area President, Gallagher Benefit Services

Kate Ball, J.D.

Attorney at Large, Gallagher Benefit Services

Jill Watson

Health and Wellness Practice Leader, Gallagher Benefit Services

Kim Torres, MPA

Accessibility Manager, Houston Airport System

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/09/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Decline to state
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/09/2021

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Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.