New High-Tech, Low-Cost Fitness Center Coming to Chicago

New High-Tech, Low-Cost Fitness Center Coming to Chicago

Retro Fitness of Chicago Opens Preview Center to Prepare for July Grand Opening

Retro Fitness, a low-cost, high-value personalized fitness concept that gives members an elevated workout experience, will soon be available at its newest Illinois location at 310S. Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago. Local residents interested in joining Retro Fitness can stop by the gym’s preview center located at 408 S. Michigan Avenue —in advance of the July opening—for a sneak peek into the state-of-the-art fitness facility, and sign up for a Founder’s membership at reduced rates.

The new Retro Fitness will be owned by fitness enthusiast and long-time runner, Ike Tawil. After working in corporate America for almost 30 years, Ike decided it was time to hang up his suit and tie to pursue something he’s always been interested in – entrepreneurialism. Tired of the 9-5 daily grind and stationary desk job, Ike was ready to combine his entrepreneurial spirit with his love of fitness by opening Chicago’s second Retro Fitness. This new location is Ike’s third Retro fitness, with two others located in his hometown of Brooklyn, NY. Ike is thrilled to bring Retro Fitness to the heart of the Windy City for all of Chicago to enjoy.

“Retro Fitness gives an incredible value because we offer the training, amenities and atmosphere members love at high-end gyms and boutique studios,” Ike said. “Members will keep coming back because we offer a fun and friendly, non-intimidating workout environment that we pride ourselves on keeping spotlessly clean. That’s the key to the brand’s success and why we’ll be a great addition to the Chicago community.”

The first 250 members who sign-up before the club opens will receive a limited time offer of a $0 enrollment fee on all membership types and 20% off all team and strong memberships. There are multiple membership types available, including several functional training options, to customize the experience for each member based on their fitness goals. In addition to the basic membership for $24.99 per month, the VIP membership for $34.99 per month, includes unlimited group training, massages, tanning and access to the sauna.

The Chicago gym has training for all, with a variety of class options and a membership model designed to help members reach their goals, no matter where they are in their fitness journey. Retro Fitness elevates the member experience by combining the benefits of a traditional large gym environment with a variety of personalized boutique-like fitness offerings including, training options, amenities and flexibility. Whether it’s classes, small group strength training, team training or one-on-one coaching, this new gym has everyone’s fitness needs covered.

Retro Fitness supports member’s personal fitness goals through three training tiers comprised of One-on-One Training (ONE), the premium training program with customized workouts and private coaching, Small Group Training (STRONG), involving 2-4 members building strength with a personal trainer and Team Conditioning (TEAM), a high-energy curriculum in a larger group atmosphere. This multi-level personal training program provides a solution to members of any fitness level or with any desired price point. All levels of training incorporate MYZONE heart rate monitoring technology, which displays real time heart rates, calories, and effort data on big screen TVs inside the gym. This technology will gamify the workout experience, encouraging members to perform to the best of their abilities and push themselves to new limits.

In addition to the latest tech and modern equipment, the 20,000 square-foot gym will include a variety of calorie-burning group fitness classes such as: Zumba, yoga, Pilates, cardio classes and more. The club will also be furnished with the latest in circuit and weight training equipment and cardio machines equipped with personal flat-screen TVs. The gym will also boast a functional training area, full-service locker rooms, a supervised children’s playroom, a Retro Blends Smoothie Bar for post-workout recovery and a sauna.

“We know there is a need for a low-cost, high-value fitness center in Chicago, and the Retro Fitness model is the perfect gym concept to fill the void,” Tawil added. “Nothing happens overnight, but we can help members reach their milestones by taking it one rep, squat and day at a time. We focus on progress and embrace and encourage our members that every time they walk into this gym, they have a new opportunity to be better than they were yesterday.”

The Chicago Retro Fitness Preview Center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Special registration discounts are available for a limited time at the gym’s preview center. For more information, call Retro Fitness of Chicago at 312-488-1827

Retro Fitness Continues to Expand in East Coast States

Retro Fitness Continues to Expand in East Coast States

National Low-Cost, High-Value Fitness Franchise Collaborates with Local Entrepreneurs to Develop Brand in New Jersey and Florida

COLTS NECK, N.J. (February 22, 2019) – Retro Fitness, a national low-cost, high-value fitness franchise, announced today it has added two new franchisees totaling four new franchise agreements with local entrepreneurs Joe and Shawna Liotine for Tampa, FL and Jim Sparling for Central, NJ.

“We’ve seen the brand do well in these prime expansion markets, and we are thrilled to see the impact of our unique fitness offering reach even more people,” said Eric Casaburi, CEO and founder of Retro Fitness. “The Retro Fitness business model continues to attract existing entrepreneurs and first-time business owners because of the comprehensive business model that gives franchisees the ability to set their Retro Fitness clubs apart from the rest in the industry.”

The anticipated business development indicates that Retro Fitness and its franchisees will infuse more than $1 million into their respective markets through local investments. Once complete, each new gym will employ at least 25 people.

  • Joe Liotine (Tampa, FL) has a strong fitness background, working as a general manager for Lifetime Fitness gyms in various markets around the United States over the last two decades. Joe decided to leverage that experience to open his first fitness franchises with Retro Fitness in Citrus Park. He and his wife Shawna will develop two more clubs over the next three years. The U.S. Marine Veteran recognized Retro Fitness as the best franchise platform in the fitness industry and loved the fact that it caters to many different needs.
  • Jim Sparling (Central, NJ) is a lifetime entrepreneur having successfully developed and operated businesses in real estate and construction. Looking to diversify and enter into the fitness world, he is now in the process of opening his first Retro Fitness club with plans to develop more in the coming years.

Retro Fitness has grown into a 155+ franchise by offering members everything they love about a big box gym – extra space, vast amenities, and bundling it with personalized classes and niche workout experiences. The brand is changing the way guests envision the modern gym environment.

In addition to all the training equipment needed for a world-class workout, when these Retro Fitness locations open, they’ll support its members’ personal fitness goals through three training tiers comprised of: One-on-One Training (ONE), the premium training program with customized workouts and private coaching; Small Group Training (STRONG), involving 2-4 members building strength with a personal trainer; and Team Conditioning (TEAM), a high-energy curriculum in a larger group atmosphere. These franchisees are passionate about making sure everyone’s fitness needs will be covered in their new gym.

Fitness enthusiasts in New Jersey and Florida should expect to see Retro Fitness join their communities in 2019.

About Retro Fitness
Founded in 2004 by entrepreneur Eric Casaburi, Retro Fitness has evolved from a regional Northeast gym concept into a national fitness system with more than 155 gyms open in 16 states. Under Casaburi’s leadership, Retro Fitness is expanding its footprint with more than 100 gyms in its development pipeline and plans to have 250 gyms open in the next two years in new, major markets, such as Florida, Illinois, California, Maryland, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Each Retro Fitness location is equipped with a full-service fitness center, including 60-100 pieces of equipment supplied by leading manufacturers. For more information and to learn more about fitness franchise ownership opportunities, visit www.retrofranchising.com.

Fitness Franchise Retro Inks Agreements for New Jersey, Pennsylvania, North Carolina & Florida

Fitness Franchise Retro Inks Agreements for New Jersey, Pennsylvania, North Carolina & Florida

COLTS NECK, N.J. – Retro Fitness, a national high-value, low-price fitness franchise, announced that it has signed four new franchise agreements with entrepreneurs Scot and Mark Pinto (New Jersey); Luis Henriquez and Gene Truono (Pennsylvania/Delaware); Richard Garrison (North Carolina); and Steve Plattner and Ron Wuchko (Florida).

“All of these are prime expansion markets for Retro Fitness, and we are thrilled to be executing our strategic growth in these areas,” said Eric Casaburi, CEO and founder of Retro Fitness. “The Retro Fitness business model continues to attract qualified investors who seek job security, flexibility and the chance to secure their financial futures. We look forward to increasing the brand’s presence along the East Coast and are armed and ready to offer consumers a fitness experience of a lifetime.”

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How Eric Casaburi Built A Fitness Franchise Empire of More Than 150

How Eric Casaburi Built A Fitness Franchise Empire of More Than 150

Scaling a business is one of the toughest challenges for any entrepreneur, and expanding nationwide is even more challenging. Eric Casaburi, CEO of Retro Fitness, discusses how he was able to expand his brand across the country, while also also empowering his team and his clients to be their best selves.

Listen as Entrepreneur Network partner David Meltzer and Casaburi discuss the importance of teamwork when working in a franchise model, as well as the principles that Casaburi teaches to his franchisees in order to to expand his franchise’s reach across the country. The pair also discuss misconceptions that entrepreneurs have, as well as the habits that set great entrepreneurs apart from the rest.

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How Two NFL Retirees Are Tackling Their Challenges With A Strong Game Plan

How Two NFL Retirees Are Tackling Their Challenges With A Strong Game Plan

Former NFL quarterback David Garrard has found personal success in life after football despite a lack of financial literacy obtained during his years in the NFL. Specifically, he chose to invest in the franchise industry and open up three Retro Fitness locations after an introduction from his financial advisor. He is not alone. Another six-year NFL veteran Jameel McClain, who now serves as Assistant Director of Engagement for the Baltimore Ravens, is invested in the same business as Garrard.

“Franchising allows you to be your own boss and gives you a playbook that sets you up for success if you follow it,” says Delancey Street CEO Max Soni, who knows the players as well as what it takes to be an entrepreneur, starting his first business at 17-years-old. Here is what the duo of NFL retirees have to share about being in the franchising business after successful careers as football players.

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Retro Fitness on Small Business Trends for gym franchising

Retro Fitness on Small Business Trends for gym franchising

If you’re a small business plugging away, landing a big promotional contract might seem like a long shot. However, that’s just what Retro Fitness did. The growing fitness franchise recently landed a multi-year partnership as the New York Yankees Official Fitness Center.

Small Business Trends spoke with Retro Fitness CEO Eric Casaburi about how the big deal happened and how small businesses can do the same.

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