Country Club trainer opens gym for special populations

A Country Club trainer who used to be a professional ballet dancer is starting his own gym dedicated to helping people recovering from accidents and medical conditions like cancer.

Peter Cirolia, a resident of Stadium Avenue in Country Club, recently opened Body by Lisa and Body by Peter at 10 South Division Street in New Rochelle with fellow trainer Lisa Greco.

The multi-level gym offers classes in high-density cardio, yoga, zumba, abdominal training, guided meditation, ballet body, and a body boot camp specifically designed for people recovering from accidents or with medical conditions like diabetes and cancer.

“We do work with people who are recovering from accidents, or who have special medical needs. We will look a person’s medical information, with their consent, and design an exercise program specifically for them,” Cirolia said. “We are all about interacting with our clients and making the most of their time in class.”

Cirolia and Greco said that the gym’s small classes, which usually contain about 10 people, allow them to tweak individual exercises to each student’s needs and alter certain movements when medical conditions call for changes.

Cirolia said he was an instructor at the New York Athletic Club on the Shore Road for four years, and stuck to a strict regimen of diet and exercise as a professional dancer with the New York City Ballet. He said he also worked in a facility that provided physical therapy to people recovering from accidents.

He stated that Body by Lisa and Body by Peter would pride itself on offering a friendlier environment than big gyms, where people who have special needs because of an accident or cancer might feel lost in the hustle and bustle.

The initial consultations with their clients occur at the gym, which has the feel of a private club. Cirolia and Greco go over a person’s specific medical needs and the medications they take before developing an exercise program tailored to them.

Cirolia said that his time as a personal trainer prepared him well for his latest venture, which includes one-on-one training. He also said that helping his mother during cancer treatments gave him insights into what patients go through while exercising.

Lisa Greco, a personal trainer for more than 13 years, is an adjunct college-level physical education teacher at the College of New Rochelle.

“I have many clients who come here from Country Club and Silver Beach,” Cirolia said. “There is a big need in my neighborhood, and I really want to share fitness and healthy living with people from my community.”

For more information, call Peter Cirolia (646) 552-2202 or Lisa Greco at (914) 310-6395.

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