Top 6 Outdoor Workouts: Royal Fitness in Barrington, New Jersey keeps seniors active


BARRINGTON, New Jersey (WPVI) – Royal Fitness in Barrington, New Jersey has been a city staple for 40 years.

Get that – it’s the longest running health club in the Delaware Valley with the same ownership and management. And when you come here you can see why!

“I think it’s family owned and operated. It’s not a big gym, people like the family atmosphere. They know if they have a question or a concern that we are practical and we answer it,” said Pat Sieck, co-owner of Royal Fitness, said.

You have everything from a fully equipped weight area, cardio area, yoga room, swimming pool, and huge flyer tent that holds 50 socially distant classes weekly regardless of the weather or age of the athlete!

Danielle Zacamy is the Fitness Director at Royal Fitness.

“We took these classes outside and we started in May and it was beautiful. When it got hot we got a tent for our seniors, we gave them cold towels in the summer and now we are supplying heaters for them . And they keep coming back, “said Zacamy.

A member of the gym’s senior audience, Marilyn Patterson has been coming back for 6 years.

“Number one, the exercise is good for you, for getting you out of the house, the socialization, it comes back with friends you know and have worked with,” Patterson said. “Outstanding, kind, kind, polite, thoughtful, family, it’s like a big reunion every day.”

Sieck added Marilyn’s testimony.

“Our seniors are very active, they recognize the importance of exercise and strengthen the immune system. They trust us, they see what we do and they appreciate what we do and it helps them!” Said Sieck.

The gym sometimes offers classes for up to 50 seniors.

Zacamy believes it is about being safe and feeling happy.

“I’m happy to see you. You are happy to see us. We all suffer here, so we just want to make them happy and we will do everything we can to make them feel safe,” said Zacamy.

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