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A Twentysomething's Guide to Commack Gyms

The best and worst places to keep that beach body of yours in shape for next year.

Even though bathing suit season is basically over, I know that many Commackians are still trying to stay in shape for the impending Fall season of eating too much turkey, stuffing, and pies. 

In and around Commack, there are several different options to establish your gym-attending experience.

First—and most expensive—is located on Jericho Turnpike. This location is quite large and full of tons of shiny equipment including weight-lifting machines (none of which I know by name – sorry) and a plethora of running machines. NYSC also offers tons of butt-kicking classes that are sure to whip your body into shape—if you actually attend, that is. 

The downside to a membership at NYSC is that you actually have to go to the gym at least once a week to make paying their exorbitant price worth it. For many this may seem like an incentive to at least show up and take a class or two – but for me, the thought of heading home from work, to wait at a gym for 40 minutes for a class to start, to take an hour long class, and get home at 7:30 at night just sounds unappealing.

Then we havelocated on Commack Road.  I don’t know what it is about this place that doesn’t sit well with me. They have a bunch of different intense class options for your working out pleasure and they have enough treadmills and ellipticals so you can run at your hearts content. Honestly, I think I just like having some guy-candy to look at to pass the time while running and/or sweating to death, and that is one area in which Lucille Roberts is definitely lacking. 

If you head further South on Commack Road and venture into Deer Park you will find a much cheaper gym option than the previous two – Retro Fitness

When I went to sign up for this place, Retro Fitness was $20 a month with something equally as small down – NYSC was something crazy like $60 a month. The coolest part about this gym is that they have a theater room that’s stocked with various running machines so you can watch a full-length movie, in the dark, while exercising. I just wonder how fast that room starts to smell like dirty socks…

Another big negative is that for us Commackians, Retro Fitness is just too far away from home and there is no easy way to just pop off the LIE and end up there.

In a moment of cheap desperation, I sought out a Planet Fitness where the membership fee was only $10 down and $10 a month thereafter. Planet Fitness is my kind of place, so I thought this was a smart choice. They literally have a sea of treadmills, ellipticals, and stair masters as well as televisions to keep you entertained while you’re working those muscles. Plus, you don’t have to pay a crazy membership fee if like myself, you just want a place to go and run and don’t really care about other weight-lifting type machinery.  Only downside – this place is far away, in Bay Shore.  

David Klopman September 13, 2011 at 12:53 PM
So the Retro Fitness in Deer Park is too far away for Commackians, however it makes more sense to go to Planet Fitness in Bay Shore? WTF? You left out the huge Retro Fitness on Jericho Turnpike near Elwood Road. Its a huge gym with the same price as the other Retro $20 a month. Its a nice sized gym, however its best not to go there right at 5.. A bit too crowded.. otherwise its a great gym.
Amanda Walsh September 13, 2011 at 01:31 PM
Neither makes sense really from Commack, that Planet Fitness just happens to be the closest one to Commack without going in the opposite direction that I travel daily... the distance is definitely a downside in either case! And yes, you're right, I totally forgot about the Retro Fitness near the DSW on Jericho! Does that Retro have a theater room too? Thanks for reminding me and the other readers!
David Klopman September 13, 2011 at 01:39 PM
My wife loves the Theater Room in the Retro Fitness and uses it almost every time she goes. I think its a staple of Retros. Its a huge Fitness place. I suggest people check it out.. NYSC at $60 a month is ridiculous.
Cmkmom September 14, 2011 at 03:01 AM
Don't forget about Bodyworks Gym in Hauppauge bordering Commack right on Parkway Drive! It's huge with all the latest and greatest circuit training equipment, more treadmills and elipiticals than you'd ever need, several weight training areas with loads of free weights and benches, spin classes and an array of fitness classes including Zumba, toning, actual 'dance' classes and yoga. Reasonably priced. Baby sitting room and is kept very clean. It's just off New Highway near where Cousins Paintball used to be so it's out of sight so some may not realize it's there.
LeeLo September 14, 2011 at 01:17 PM
Being a working Mom (with a spouse overseas), none of the gyms have daycare after 1pm on weekdays. Lucille Roberts has it 2 nights a week but not on the weekends. I was an avid gym goer (losing 25 lbs) and since I have moved to Commack I have not been able to find a gym thats within a reasonable distance or with a daycare.
David Klopman September 15, 2011 at 02:53 PM
LeeLo.. I dont know the hours but Retro Fitness has child care. Might want to give them a call to find out.
LeeLo September 15, 2011 at 04:07 PM
@ David...Thank you!!! I just called and yes they do have daycare..M-f and weekends. AND you can go to any Retro fitness...there is also one located near my childs daycare. So again THANK YOU!
David Klopman September 15, 2011 at 04:19 PM
You're quite welcome. Leelo.. glad you found a place you can work out while they watch your child. You can't beat the $20 a month, I just wouldnt recommend going at 5 pm. Its a bit crowded. Enjoy yourself!

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