Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Bringing Fitness To The Mall

“For Steve Kettelberger, the Optimal Sport Health Club at the Burlington Center Mall is convenient as well as friendly. Kettelberger, a Bucks County, Pa. resident who owns the Blue Rock Construction Co. in Burlington Township, said he works out about three times a week at a gym that seems to be a rarity in the region's mall marketplace. The owners of Optimal Sport believe there is plenty of demand for a place to work out. In fact, Optimal Sport -with gyms at the Burlington Center in Newtown, Bucks County, and in Philadelphia - has seen the clubs grow. According to one of the business partners, Domenic Gallelli, the Philadelphia-based company started at the Burlington mall in July 2007. Gallelli, company president Jeffrey D. Shablin, 45, and their other partner, Yul Giraldo, 35, were personal fitness trainers who met in Philadelphia, where they all live, Gallelli said. Given their backgrounds and interests, it made sense to join forces, said the 36-year-old Gallelli. ‘We could be more productive if we could combine resources,’ he said...


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