WELCOME TO HAMBURG — Tom McCarthy (left) and Josh Harrington are pictured with Hamburg Mayor Thomas Moses at Impact Fitness Systems’ grand opening. Photos submitted by McCarthy.
HAMBURG — Hamburg is now home to one of Western New York’s only boxing facilities, run by the team of Josh Harrington and Tom McCarthy, just in time for people to get into shape for the new year.
Impact Fitness Systems opened its doors on Jan. 10, bringing with it a wide range of programs that welcome individuals of all ages, experience level and backgrounds.
McCarthy, who owns the business with his wife Sharon (who takes care of the administrative side of things), came from a personal trainer career, and said that the idea for a boxing facility had been germinating in his mind for quite some time.
The business owner, who has an extensive background of teaching and studying a wide range of health- and exercise-related topics, bonded with one of his Canisius College students, Harrington, who McCarthy said would be a perfect fit for his vision.
When the two decided to collaborate on a boxing facility, McCarthy began seeking out the right location. A Maelou Drive facility caught his eye, and he said that the landlords, of RGDM LLC, went above and beyond, to help him prepare the location.
“I wanted more of a warehouse look,” he said. “It makes you want to work out. It’s a no-frills type environment and it looks exactly the way I’d pictured it.”
McCarthy and Harrington credited the town of Hamburg in helping them achieve their vision for the 5,000-square-foot gym, which is wide open and includes ADA-compliant bathrooms and two offices. Specialized equipment fills the space.
McCarthy thanked the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce for its support and assistance with his grand opening, and said that he appreciated the community members who attended.
BE THE BEST — Two gym-goers are pictured practicing their boxing moves at the new local gym. More photos are at photos.metrowny.com.
Impact Fitness Systems is now fully open for business, and provides its members with three main programs from which to choose.
The boxing program is run by Harrington, who holds two classes per night on Monday – Friday and one on Saturday mornings.
The metabolic conditioning program allows individuals to “burn many calories in a very short time,” according to McCarthy, who said that, while this program is a very good tool for athletes, it can really benefit anyone. “We scale everything to the individual,” he said.
The third major program, guided training, allows people to experience all of the benefits of personal training without the exorbitant costs, according to McCarthy.
“It’s a group personal training, but it’s individual to each person that takes part,” he explained. “We write the program for the person and then we supervise that program.”
WORKING HARD — A local resident is pictured getting in shape at Impact Fitness Systems in Hamburg.
McCarthy, whose experience is in personal training, said that he was bothered by the fact that the average person could not afford the expert service given by a personal trainer. “The guided training is about 20 percent the cost of personal training,” he said.
“We want everybody who comes here to know we’re very focused on them,” he added, about the programs that he and Harrington have designed. “We want to help them accomplish their goals in the best and safest way.”
Impact Fitness Systems also offers nutrition classes and limited one-on-one personal training.
Nutrition cohorts are created, based on individuals’ goals. “They are set up by the group, but with nutrition, just like exercise, it’s best when it is individualized,” McCarthy explained, adding that, as cohorts are established, the groups will have a goal of meeting together biweekly.
The various types of membership include adult (which comes with unlimited classes or guided training), student (with full access to services at a discounted rate, with student ID), adolescent (for those younger than 18; includes all of the services, plus a Saturday kids class) and a family discount membership (graduated discounts, based on the number of family members who join).
Discounts are also available for educators, law enforcement members and individuals in the military.
Harrington is currently working on the business’s website, which he said will provide a schedule of programs and allow members to sign up for time slots and make payments online. An app is also in the works.
Coming soon is an expansion of services, including morning hours. One of the business’s college interns is working on this concept.
McCarthy explained that his and Harrington’s goal was to make Impact Fitness Systems a family-friendly space. “I designed the type of facility that I wanted to work out in, and that I wanted to bring my wife and son to,” he said. “I didn’t want it to be sterile or box gym-like. I want people to feel comfortable here. It’s a low-pressure environment.”
He explained that his kids, Aidan and Abby, enjoy joining him and his wife at the business; he added that people of all ages are welcome there.
Saying that the gym is easily utilized by men and women of all experience levels, he said, “Judging from talking to other boxing facility owners, I’d say 60 percent of the members are women. The female image is changing. Women are doing a lot more vigorous activity, which we’re thrilled about. Women are very welcome here.”
He said that beginners will also feel at home, and will find that the boxing and guided training programs are geared toward them.
The new business is currently open from 3:30 – 9:30 p.m. Monday – Friday and 8:45 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.
To become a member, visit Impact Fitness Systems at 5640 Maelou Drive (Area A) in Hamburg. The business is located approximately half a mile from Elderwood Health Care.
For more information, call 649-2022 or visit the business on Facebook or www.impact-fss.com.