New Gym Opens Doors In Speonk

Publication: The Southampton Press
By Erin McKinley   Nov 12, 2012 3:02 PM
Nov 13, 2012 6:03 PM

For close to 20 years, gym owner and trainer Ken Fitzgerald has been commuting between Manhattan and the South Fork to help transform the lives of East End residents and guide them to a more healthy lifestyle.

Early last month, Mr. Fitzgerald opened a new gym in Speonk called Lift WH Beach. Previously, Mr. Fitzgerald has helped his clients by not only creating fitness plans for them but also showing them how to incorporate the routines into their busy lives.

In the new venture, Mr. Fitzgerald plans to put the emphasis on small group and individual training for gym members.

“After spending time in the community, I fell in love with the area,” Mr. Fitzgerald said during a recent interview. “We felt that this was a great place to revive the ‘health club’.”

The approximately 10,000-square-foot two-story gym is located at 295 Montauk Highway in Speonk and officially opened for business over Columbus Day weekend. As of late October, Mr. Fitzgerald already has registered 150 people who he says are drawn to the gym for its wide-open spaces and organized equipment. The main floor of the gym, which features designated areas for Pilates Reformer exercises, a low-intensity treadmill area and a nursery, will also soon be the home of other services, including acupuncture and massage therapy.

Downstairs, members will find a variety of equipment and a room with more than a dozen stationary bikes for a spin class. Mr. Fitzgerald said a unique feature of the first floor is a 70-foot-long lane that members can use to complete full-body workouts, including working with ropes or completing lunges and sprints.

“The idea is to have more room for functional and athletic training,” said Mr. Fitzgerald, whose primary residence is in Manhattan. “This is all athletic-based training—the lane is probably something that nobody else in the area has.”

Mr. Fitzgerald was an independent trainer working in Manhattan and Long Island before deciding to open his first gym, Lift Gym NYC in Manhattan, in 1996. He explained that as a personal trainer, he was having trouble finding health facilities that would allow him to work without being a paid employee. His gyms allow trainers to come in and work with their clients, with the goal of building local clientele, without requiring that they be employed by him or pay a fee. In 2007, he opened his second gym, Lift Hampton, located on Montauk Highway in Wainscott.

Mr. Fitzgerald is hoping to focus on keeping personalized training an important aspect of his business. Every member of the gym will receive a free session with a personal trainer each month. According to Mr. Fitzgerald, this will help members track and maintain their fitness goals while also having someone show them new exercises so a workout does not become stagnant.

Classes offered at the gym include cycling, Pilates Reformer, a yoga and stretching class, and boot camp—an intense workout that’s designed to tone the entire body.

An annual gym membership is $795; monthly membership runs $79. Those who are interested can also purchase individual or small group sessions with a personal trainer, and one-day, 10-day and summer memberships are available as well.

“Right now we are working on growing our membership and encouraging people to work closely with their trainer in some form,” Mr. Fitzgerald said. “We want people to take advantage of a lot of the programs we are going to be offering—that is ideal for any club—to grow and retain your membership.”