By Janee Law
Gym 33 in Huntington Station puts a strong emphasis on inspiring its clients. As gym-goers walk into the building, they are greeted by a quote painted on the wall that reads, “A bad day can be made better by going to the gym,” before walking down the stairs and into the workout area.
There, more quotes are printed on the walls of the room, which features equipment for cardio, endurance and weightlifting.
“At Gym 33, we house more equipment than most gyms on the west coast provide,” owner Joe Livoti, 50, of Halesite, said. “Our ‘old school iron barbell club’ slogan is just part of our dynamic selection of equipment that encompasses the needs and wants from the ‘weekend warrior’ to the ‘professional athlete.’”
The around 12,000-square-foot gym offers equipment that works out each muscle in the body, including treadmills, elliptical machines, barbells, free weights, dumbbells, battle rope and heavy bags.
Located at 33 Walt Whitman Road in Huntington Station, the gym opened up in 2011. Prior to that, Livoti said, he also owned World Gym on Jericho Turnpike in Huntington for more than 15 years.
With a passion for fitness since he was a teenager, Livoti graduated from Adelphi University in 1990 with a bachelor’s in exercise physiology.
“I was doing personal training when I was 18 years old,” Livoti said. “I was always into bodybuilding and I was a competitive body builder up from my late teen years into my mid-20s.”
Although Gym 33 tends to appeal to “the young body builder and fitness trainer,” Livoti said it also offers fitness programs for all ages and fitness levels.
“Some of the benefits of resistance training include prevention of osteoporosis, joint pain, arthritis and improved posture,” he said, adding that for the past 20 years he has been training an 89-year-old client who lifts free weights.
“Members are amazed that our member, Ellen, is so vital at her age,” Livoti said. “She is an inspiration to us all.”
Now that he has moved to his current location, Livoti said, there’s more visibility and the membership has doubled since.
“I love helping people with weight loss, and building people’s self-esteem again, and getting back in shape,” he said. “I get a lot out of when someone tells me that I’ve helped them or they lost weight and got back on track.”
For the New Year, the gym is having a membership sale that waives the enrollment fee for new members who sign up for a $19.99 per month membership, Livoti said. In addition, the gym will be offering personal training specials, including four training sessions for $99 and 10 training sessions for $199.
Later this month, Livoti said, he hopes to start a 10-week weight loss competition in which the winner will receive a special offer on their membership.
With high quality equipment, Livoti said that the gym delivers a personal touch that keeps clients coming back for more.
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