Five Mile Beat > It’s a new year, time to get in shape

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Rose, Andrew, Krista and Paul Zielinski. Rose, Andrew, Krista and Paul Zielinski.

The month of January is a time of renewal and promises made, especially the one that involves getting fit and staying healthy.  I spent last week going to all the gyms in the Wildwoods to see what they offer.

I started at the Bolero gym and spa on the 7th floor of the Bolero hotel, which contains a complete circuit training stations, as well as an indoor sun deck, hot tub, indoor pool, sauna, steam room and masseuse. The pool is well used, especially in the summer when guests of the hotel are welcome to swim there. In the winter it is also used, but more so on Wednesday nights when an invigorating game of volleyball is played.

This week the players were Robert Faust, Frank Genco, Jamie and Christopher Neenhold, Brent Weaver, and Lenny Foursa. Cindy Bada goes there with Rose Alfe, and 80-year-old Helen McNamara from North Cape May takes Fare Free Transportation there three times a week to swim at 9 a.m. for an hour and she finishes with several miles on the stationery bike. In the evening you will usually see Kenny Lee, Tony Repholz and Dominck Piro going through their routine, and to finish off the day or evening Penny Graham is a certified masseuse and this particular day was giving a massage to Bogdan Monenci.

The next stop was “The Gym at 10th Street” in North Wildwood, which is owned by Ron Oswald, and run in part by Fred Schmidt, who must have been there for 35 years at least. This gym is two stories and has 40 pieces of cardio equipment, about 30 pieces of Nautilus equipment and some Magnum, and as well as Icarin and Hammer. They offer spin class at least four days a week, and have a full schedule of fitness classes including total body bands, pump-cycle, and yoga. I saw Jim Carlson, Fred Schmidt, Greg Freeman, and Brian Burke while I was there, working out, and met John Ficca who is the trainer for TRX Suspension. He recently moved to North Wildwood to retire.

My next stop was “Wilkins Fitness Systems” whose owner/ operator Joe Wilkins is a personal trainer and only trains people on a one-to-one basis, a bit more expensive than just a gym. His sessions are three times a week for 12 weeks, and sessions last for an hour and a half. The day I stopped Jamie DelMonte from Wildwood Crest was doing her routine under the watchful eye of her trainer, Joe. Joe has enough equipment that he can accurately help his clients.

My final stop was the Atilis Gym in Wildwood. There, Chris Lambert showed me around the newly remodeled facility with new carpet and some new equipment.  They have 57 cardio machines including Jacob’s Ladder climber. There is also 92 pieces from Lifestyle and Hammer strength. It also includes a new six bed tanning salon, and classes in Zumba, Boot Camp, and Striptease.

All these gyms will train you, and all have showers and locker rooms.

So now you can pick your poison and attend the fitness place that will fit your needs.

The last piece of this puzzle is watching your weight and several friends have chosen Weight Watchers to help them do this. These women attend a weekly session in Rio Grande where they are given encouragement by a leader that is trained by Weight Watchers and a member herself. The women that came to my home discussed all the ways they lose weight, and included Sharon Stocker who has lost 43 pounds, Joan Maurer who dropped 30 pounds, Karen Holland, 40 pounds, along with Lola Borden and Doris Ellingsen. Some have tried other programs and commented that the weight comes back, while Weight Watchers is a way of life. Each food serving is worth a number of points.  You can only eat up to a specific number and teaches you how to eat and portion control.

We also found out the “Girl Scout” thin mint cookies are one point a piece. These members are in to win it.

Sharon Stocker, Lola Borden, Doris Ellingsen, Joan Mauer, and Karen Holland discuss the Weight Watchers program. Sharon Stocker, Lola Borden, Doris Ellingsen, Joan Mauer, and Karen Holland discuss the Weight Watchers program.

Alan Casey Jr., Bill Bossert, Laura Pelouze, Ernesto Santiagom and owner Chris Lambert at Atilis Gym.  Alan Casey Jr., Bill Bossert, Laura Pelouze, Ernesto Santiagom and owner Chris Lambert at Atilis Gym.

Jamie Delmonte with trainer and owner Joe Wilkins at Wilkins Fitness Systems. Jamie Delmonte with trainer and owner Joe Wilkins at Wilkins Fitness Systems.

Trainer Cindy Bada, Helen McNamara and Rose Alfe at the Bolero gym and spa. Trainer Cindy Bada, Helen McNamara and Rose Alfe at the Bolero gym and spa.

Kenny Lee lifts at the Bolero. Kenny Lee lifts at the Bolero.

Tony Repholz on the lateral pulldown. Tony Repholz on the lateral pulldown.

Dominick Piro on the leg press machine. Dominick Piro on the leg press machine.

Brian Burke working out with Greg Freeman watching. Brian Burke working out with Greg Freeman watching.

John Ficca demonstrates the TRX system at the Gym at 10th Street. John Ficca demonstrates the TRX system at the Gym at 10th Street.


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