Hottest Health Club Open In Chester
By Cheryl Conway
No more sitting watching movies and eating popcorn and candy at this facility- the former movie theater in Chester is now a high-tech modernized gym offering the latest and greatest in exercise. Opened for about two months now, the Nitroflex Gym has taken over the former Clearview Cinema 6 Theater in Chester. In the first week of opening May 31, 230 new members signed up.
The 15,000 sq. ft. facility has a lot to offer its members including three studios, full-service spa, child care, upper level lounge, free-weight area, core zone area, cardio classes, trainers, monkey bars and even blue lights shining in the evening to set the tone. The blue light, “It gives the gym a different perspective,” says Steve Tylee, owner of the Nitroflex Gym. “That’s the look I wanted to try to achieve. It gives you a different atmosphere. It’s almost like a night club. It probably energizes them; it’s that wow factor.”
An Open House is set for Sat., July 19, inviting prospective members a free trial from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to workout, try a class or check out the weight room, to “Xpereince the Xtraordinary” as it is written on the wall in the gym by a local artist. Tylee, owner of Nitrofit in Cedar Knolls, decided to open a second gym in his hometown of Chester after persuaded by local residents.
When the movie theater went out of business, Tylee approached the owner in June 2012 requesting to lease the space for his gym. During the two-year long process for renovations, variances and permits, Tylee opened a sales center in the same strip mall right next to Marshals to offer a pre-sale membership rate.
When the expected opening date of the new gym was delayed by six months, Tylee decided to use his sales center as a temporary gym in April 2013. The project was delayed from construction issues. Transforming six theaters into a gym involved knocking down walls.
“We started knocking walls down, it was structurally unsafe,” says Tylee. “We had to redesign the inside, knock down the second floor, build a new second floor.” They also built a new main entrance, a “huge storefront of glass,” measuring 50 feet long and 18 feet high.
Besides construction issues, the fierce winter took many of his construction workers away from the job site to plow since many also worked as plow-guys for the town.
“Every time it snowed, they were out plowing a lot of snowstorms,” says Tylee.
Despite the delays, the finished product was worth the wait. Men, women, children and the elderly- ages 12 to 80- can enjoy all types of equipment and classes
With its high ceilings and second floor mezzanine, the 15,000 sq. feet facility has three studios for group fitness; yoga and 100 degree hot yoga; and a spin studio with 25 spin bikes.
Offered as part of the membership are 56 fitness classes per week taught by 25 instructors such as Hot Yoga, Spin, Bar Method, Zumba, Body Pump, Step aerobics, Boot Camp and a new class- Piloxin which combines Pilates and boxing. Nitrocore is another class that includes 30 minutes of abs; Nitrosilver Stars is a group fitness class for the elderly.
“I branded everything with Nitrobrand,” says Tylee. “Nitroryde” is the name for his spin studio; “Nitrozen” is for the yoga studio; and “Nitrocize” is the group fitness studio.
Tylee also plans to offer another new class, Surf-n-slide, which is a balance/core class using a surf board and slide mat.
In addition to a weight area, cardio area, trainer and core zone area is 36 feet of monkey bars with astro-turf underneath for sprints.
For personal training, ten trainers are on staff for a separate fee.
The full-service spa includes two treatment rooms for wax, facials, doctor of botox, hot stone, Swedish, aromatherapy and sports massage.
The upper level lounge that looks over the gym provides an area with “comfy” chairs and energy drinks, pre-workout drinks, water, organic salads, protein muffins. Robin’s Nest Restaurant in Chester has been providing the grab and go selections.
In the entranceway, members can unwind at the circular bar station set up to use I-phones and I-pads.
The state-of the-art bathroom and locker facilities include five-star spa like porcelain tile from Italy, 85 private mahogany lockers, infra-red saunas, rain showers, shampoos, conditioners and shower gels, and towel service.
Tylee hired a local artist- Zar- to design the gym’s logo and draw black silhouettes of people exercising on the 100-foot wall of the main gym.
“We offer a lot more for the money,” says Tylee. “We are very upscale. We have individual saunas, five star locker rooms, offering new classes other gyms don’t offer.
“We priced ourselves right in the middle,” Tylee says. “When people walk through that gym, people look and their mouths drop open.”
A variety of memberships are offered such as an annual $59 monthly membership and $99 registration fee; or $75 month no annual contract; class fee of $15; and special discounts for students, seniors, municipal workers and police, fire or emergency service workers.
From England, Tylee came to the United States 10 years ago when his wife was transferred with Wyndham Hotels to work in Parsippany. Always into body building and named three times “Mr. England” as a body builder, Tylee started out as a personal trainer with one client and opened his first gym- Nitrofit, in 2008.
For more information, call 908-879-1006. Hours are Monday-Friday, 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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