Retro-Fitness Revitalizing Brooklyn
by Josh Brewer
Jul 02, 2013 | 7350 views | 1 1 comments | 149 149 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Retro-Fitness gyms have become quite the sensation as they spread throughout the country. Just last week, the self-proclaimed industry leader opened their third Brooklyn location.

Members of the new gym at 1625 Flatbush Ave. now have access to a 17,000-square-foot facility, offering top-of-the-line equipment like cardio machines, individual television monitors, personal trainers, tanning, a full juice bar, locker rooms and both live instructors and On Demand fitness classes.

“The neighborhood is so excited to have us and we’re excited to be here for them,” said Ike Tawil, the owner of all three locations in the borough. “The equipment is unbelievable. It has everything.”

Tawil was born and raised in Brooklyn and sees his hometown as an attractive location because of its sense of community.

“Each community is like a little township of its own,” Tawil explained. “The three of those [gyms] are community-oriented.”

The new gym features spin classes, P90X exercise as well as yoga and Zumba classes. There are also 40 different Fitness On Demand courses that include pilates, kickboxing and dancing for all skill levels.

Each location has between 60 and 100 pieces of equipment available, and members who pay the monthly fee have access to all parts of the gym, opened 24-hours a day from Monday through Thursday.

In addition, the new location has a movie where people can do cardio workouts like the elliptical, bike or StairMaster.

There is also a 90-car parking lot for members.

“We’re like a family gym,” Tawil said. “It’s not a lot of individuals.”

While dumbbell sets at most gyms max out at 60 lbs., RetroFitness free weights go up to 120 lbs, according to Tawi.

There are also Expresso Bike Machines, virtual race against anyone using the system at any Retro-Fitness in the country.

“We’re a lost-cost provider and we have the highest quality equipment,” Tawil said.

While the new gym opened on Friday, June 21, two additional locations are on the way in Brooklyn. One on Avenue Y and the other on Atlantic Avenue.
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January 31, 2014
The dark skin man who calls himself the general manager at this location is rude and disrespectful to members. This locations closes at 11pm on Friday nights but tonight he was literally kicking people out 10 min to 10pm as well as threatening to cancel people memberships. I like this gym a lot but he's ruining it for everyone.