Name Of Gym: Apollon Gym
Name Of Owners: Robert & Marina Samborsky, Irina Veselova, Alex Fedorov
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.
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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.
[ 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.
[ 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.
[ Q ] What inspires people to train at you facility?
Being at a hard core gym and training among some of the best athletes such as
Michael Termini, Kris Lecomte,
Bethany Wagner, Pro MMA Fighter Jose Rodriguez, as well as many others inspires people to reach their maximum potential.
[ 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 from top brands such as
Dorian Yates Nutrition,
Labrada, and many more.
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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
[ 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.
[ 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.
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,
Tiani Thorne, Ariel Padilla, Guy Cinternino,
Mario Possemato, Frank Mannarino, Dan Marigliotta, Kevin Mulhall, Nick Freglette.
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