Workout in the 1980s at Retro Fitness


Retro Fitness is bringing back the 80s…

Yes, go ahead and run to your attic and dig out that spandex jumpsuit, headbands, scrunchie socks, and a pair of Keds sneakers.

From the checkered board floors to the old-school music and movies they show during the workouts, it’s a trip back to the ’80s. The workout equipment however, in a signature red and yellow, is brand new.

In addition to the workout equipment, members can access a full-service RetroBlends Juice Bar offering healthful drinks, personal training services, tanning, child care services, and a “retro cardio” movie theater featuring famous ’80s flicks.

The company, which prides itself on its $19.99-a-month fee, has called for more than 450 locations to open during the next three years, with 62 locations already under development. The chain has expanded to Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

 “The idea came to me at 2:30 in the morning,” said Eric Casaburi, who founded RetroFitness in 2004. “I couldn’t sleep, my wife and kids were sleeping. I just started jotting down in my notebook, which turned out to be three to four pages of ideas.”

“I grew up watching the television shows “Diff ‘rent Strokes” and “Three’s Company” and the movies “Sixteen Candles” and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” he said. “I tied my love of the ’80s, of checkered shoes, big hair, and tapered jeans, and being a diehard glam band fan of Poison and Jon Bon Jovi, with my entrepreneur skills, and I gave the concept to my architects, and they created my vision of the health club design.”

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