A 'Force' in the community
The parking lot of a Queens tanning salon was turned into an outdoor gym over the weekend.
Music was blaring and tires were flipped as Force Fitness Gym, 63-60 Fresh Pond Road, hosted an outdoor event in Beach Bum tanning salon’s parking lot on Saturday.
Residents took part in free zumba, kettle bell and Special Forces classes, and also watched a taekwando demonstration. There were also more challenging activities, including flipping a 300-pound tire three times and keeping a battle rope moving for 60 seconds.
“I’m trying to raise awareness of the gym,” said owner Mike Romer. “We’re not the typical fitness pub, you’re going to come in and do a ton of crazy things. I also wanted to do something to help some of the local businesses.”
For example, Gyro Village, 66-57 Fresh Pond Road, served food, and a local nutritionist and chiropractor, as well as a martial arts studio also participated.
“I want to get the community out and see all the different options they have to get healthy and be fit,” Romer said.
Four-year Force Fitness member Edward Ramos took part in the Special Forces class.
“The one thing I really like about the gym is that it gets everyone involved,” he said. “It’s not about yourself, it’s about helping the community and that’s one of the reasons why I haven’t gone anywhere else, because the fact is I feel like I’m at home.”