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Apollon Gym!

Congratulations Apollon Gym! We are proud to announce a new gym of the month award where we will be awarding the best of the best! Find out how they got started, services offered and much more right here.

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Vital Statistics

Name Of Gym: Apollon Gym
Name Of Owners: Robert & Marina Samborsky, Irina Veselova, Alex Fedorov
Address:

Number Of Members: 500+
Square Feet: 5,000
Website Address: www.apollongym.com
Email: NJFitness2000@aol.com
Phone: (732) 985-8576
Hours Of Operation:

    Monday-Friday 5 AM - 11 PM
    Saturday 7 AM - 7 PM
    Sunday 8 AM - 6 PM

Number Of Trainers On Staff: 12 (Mostly IFBB and NPC Athletes)


[ Q ] How did the gym start and why did you decide to begin (or work within) the gym business?

    Apollon Gym was established in 1975. In 2007 we bought the gym from the previous owner. Back then, it was struggling to survive in an industry where mainstream fitness centers were becoming more and more popular. We wanted to be a part of a gym that had more of an old-school hard core feel to it and where athletes would feel right at home and would always be welcomed.

We Wanted To Be A Part Of A Gym That Had More Of An Old-School Hard Core Feel To It.
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We Wanted To Be A Part Of A Gym That Had
More Of An Old-School Hard Core Feel To It.


[ Q ] Can you give us a description on what went into opening your awesome establishment?

    When we bought the gym, we were excited to finally be living our dream. Of course, it was hard work to rebuild an already existing gym but we realize that it's a work in progress. Our goal is to be the best we can.

We Were Excited To Finally Be Living Our Dream.
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We Were Excited To Finally
Be Living Our Dream.


[ Q ] What makes your gym different?

    Apollon is surrounded by mainstream fitness centers but none of them have what Apollon has. That is a very friendly, almost family atmosphere. Robert often calls Apollon Gym "Cheers" because it is literally a place where everyone knows your name. And of course, having Dorian Yates train his clients at Apollon when he is in the United States gives us even more of an edge.

Dorian Yates Trains His Clients At Apollon When He Is In The United States.
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Dorian Yates Trains His Clients At
Apollon When He Is In The United States.


[ Q ] What sort of people do you attract into your gym?

    Apollon Gym has a lot of IFBB and NPC Athletes, as well as MMA Fighters and Powerlifters. We are also proud of the fact that we have people from all walks of life, from lawyers to doctors to construction workers.

We Are Proud Of The Fact That We Have People From All Walks Of Life.
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We Are Proud Of The Fact That We
Have People From All Walks Of Life.


[ Q ] What inspires people to train at you facility?


[ Q ] Do you have any top trainers and why are they so good?

    Most of our trainers are top notch professionals and some of the top IFBB and NPC Athletes. They include owner Robert Samborsky, Irina Veselova, Michael Termini, Kris Lecomte, Dana Scott, Donnie DeMary, Rich Grey and Sandra Gibbs. Our trainers understand that everybody is different and requires specialized attention.


[ Q ] What special services do you provide?

Apollon Gym Is Famous For Its Protein Shake Bar That Offers Over 40 Different Flavors.
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Apollon Gym Is Famous For Its Protein Shake
Bar That Offers Over 40 Different Flavors.

    Even members from other training facilities stop in at Apollon on a regular basis to get an Apollon Protein Shake. We have an onsite proshop that offers various Proteins, Supplements, ProTan tanning products. We help athletes who are training and preparing for shows with their posing and presentation.


[ Q ] Who are your most notable present and past members?

    Throughout the years Apollon Gym has had many top athletes as members, but the one that we are most proud of is Rich Gaspari, who started his road to the Olympia at Apollon.


[ Q ] What was the hardest part about operating your gym?

    There is a strong stigma that comes with owning a hard core gym. We try to make sure that the community knows that Apollon Gym is for everyone. We want to create an environment where everyone is respectful of each other and no one is intimidated to walk through the door and start training.

We Want The Community To Know That Apollon Gym Is For Everyone.
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We Want The Community To Know
That Apollon Gym Is For Everyone.


[ Q ] What makes you competitive over the other gym chains?

    The fact that we have been able to stay the only true hard core gym in central New Jersey despite the ever-increasing amount of surrounding chain clubs.


[ Q ] How have you been able to remain so successful and how do you hope to remain so?

    Apollon Gym caters to the needs of our members like no other fitness facility could. We stay true to ourselves and constantly try to perfect an already successful formula.

We Cater To The Needs Of Our Members Like No Other Fitness Facility Could.
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We Cater To The Needs Of Our Members
Like No Other Fitness Facility Could.


[ Q ] Is there anything further you'd like to add?

    Apollon Gym is proud to host powerlifting meets sponsored by the American Powerlifting Association. We also host various seminars by top nutritional supplement companies such as Gaspari Nutrition, Universal Nutrition, Species, and Dorian Yates Nutrition. We promote the New Jersey State Championships as well as the 2009 Northeast Grand Prix.

Apollon Gym Is Proud To Host Powerlifting Meets Sponsored By The American Powerlifting Association.
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Apollon Gym Is Proud To Host Powerlifting
Meets Sponsored By The APA.

    It has been 2 years since we took over Apollon Gym and we are very proud of our current success and hope to accomplish even more in the near future. But all this would not be possible without the help of our very dear and loyal friends. We have to mention Kenneth Young, Jay Fowlks, Alina Kolomeyer, Kris Lecomte, Michael Termini, Tiani Thorne, Ariel Padilla, Guy Cinternino, Mario Possemato, Frank Mannarino, Dan Marigliotta, Kevin Mulhall, Nick Freglette.

    We would like to thank Rich Gaspari, Dave Palumbo, Robbie Durand, and of course 6-time Mr. Olympia Dorian Yates for their continued support.


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