Is it an estate? Is it a cruise ship that ran aground? Or is it a country club?
No, that astounding looking structure that you see as the train speeds by Robbins Lane is And it is like no other club you have ever seen. Boasting 140,000 square feet including the outdoor area, this healthy-way-of-life resort has something for everyone.
“Syosset Life Time Fitness is our 91st club and we are in 19 states across the nation,” said Jason Thunstrom, Vice President Public Relations and Corporate Communications. “This club will have 250 team members at your disposal 24/7, 600 parking spaces and over 400 pieces of equipment.”
“In 2009, our club had 45 million visits within our 87 clubs,” Thunstrom said. “People genuinely enjoy coming to our club and that’s because it’s more than just a fitness club, it’s a family establishment.”
Walking past the front desk to your right you will see the LifeCafe loaded with healthy, well-priced foods.
“Everyday there will be a $2 grab-and-go meal, a $3 smoothie of the day, $4 breakfast special, and $5 lunch of the day," Thunstrom said. "Nothing here will have what we call the dirty seven: no high fructose corn syrup, bleached flour, processed sugar, food coloring, trans-fats, antibiotics/hormones in the meats, or artificial preservatives."
To the left of the reception desk is the LifeSpa & Salon which transports you to rest, relaxation, and pampering. The treatment rooms feel very Zen as the décor and music carry you to tranquility.
Heading around to the north part of the club you will come upon the child center.
“Our fitness center has created a family experience, something that no other club has done before," Thunstrom said. "Our child center in not only about child care, it’s active learning with several age-appropriate activities.”
As you enter you will come upon a security gate. On the right, there are areas sectioned off according to age and on the opposite side you will see a long counter lined with eMac computers.
As you go further back, the room is designated for older children ranging in age from age six to 11 with a tree house play area and a basketball court where many activities will be held. And in the near future, they will have tons of programs available for children. Coming soon will be Try-it Classes, for a small fee of $5 your child can check out various sports offered such as rock climbing, martial arts, basketball, soccer, dance classes, and swim all to demo what best suits their interests.
On the main level there are two indoor pools with two whirlpool spas and a sauna, plus a shallow wading area with a mushroom fountain for little dippers. During the summer months, the outdoor pool will be a huge draw with its amazing two-story double tube slide.
The basketball/volleyball court is huge and adjacent to that is a rather impressive rock climbing cavern with a super cushion-y shredded rubber floor. By the basketball courts is a Mixed Combat area for various boxing and martial arts classes. A room next-door is the multi-purpose space for holding events such as birthday parties.
Above the basketball area, as you make your way to the second floor, is a Studio Cycle center that offers spin classes complete with a large theater screen that will display a virtual ride with air blowing to simulate your tour. A mini-flight down from the bicycles is two Group Fitness studios where classes for Zumba, Dance Jam, and strength training are held.
“Each week there will be a total of 106 varied classes offered, yoga and water aerobics included, and as time goes on we will add more classes as well as featured classes that are unique to Lifetime,” Thurnstrom said.
Next stop is the cardio and circuit area where hundreds upon hundreds of state-of-the-art machines are lined up. There is also a Team Fitness center for folks who want to experience a personal trainer but at a much affordable rate.
Syosset Lifetime is considered a Diamond Level club which allows its members to use any club anywhere, and memberships are month-by-month.
“We are not about the hard sell here," Thunstrom said. "We don’t want folks to feel pressured about plunking down a lot of money for a yearly membership that they may never use. Everyone who joins pays the same monthly fee no matter if you are a famous athlete or the guy next door, there are no gimmicks here."
So everyone is invited to run, jog, and sprint on down tonight after 7:30pm, tour the facility, and meet the genius behind it all, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bahram Akradi. But if you can’t find him amongst the throngs of members, he will probably be teaching a spin class.
Address: 300 Robbins Lane, Syosset