Wrestling Legend Hulk Hogan To Invade Tewksbury For Gym's Grand Opening
Gallery: Tewksbury Sports Club [2 Images] Click any image to expand.
Hogan, the pro wrestling icon, WWE Hall of Famer and Hollywood star, will be in Tewksbury on Saturday, June 28, for the grand opening of the Tewksbury Sports Club.
Pat Catino has owned the gym, located at 1830 Main St., since 2001. For the six years, he was affiliated with World Gym. From 2007 through the end of 2013, it was a Planet Fitness franchise. But in January, Catino ended his affiliation with Planet Fitness and opted to re-open as an independent fitness center and Tewksbury Sports Club was born.
"Originally, I bought into the national chain branding," said Catino, who has worked in the Fitness industry since 1979. "But then they started squeezing me. Planet Fitness gyms were opening up all over the area, like Burlington and Andover. They were saturating the market."
The re-birth as Tewksbury Sports Club has been complete, with new branding, new decor and an equipment overhaul.
"We've re-outfitted the entire gym with all new equipment," he said.
While the changeover began in January, it becomes official with the grand opening on June 28 and Catino is promising an event to remember.
Hogan, with whom Catino has been friends for more than 30 years, will be on hand to sign autographs and pose for photos from 3 to 5 p.m. And there is a strong rumor that Hogan will not be alone. A special mystery guest will be accompanying the 6-7, 305 pound behemoth.
In addition, there will also be 20 muscle cars on display, as well as the official, Monster truck, with free Monster drink samples. The American Nutrition girls will be on hand, posing for photos.
There will also be music throughout the day from a DJ, as well as the hot local band TT Power Trip.
Refreshments will be available on sale, as well as Hulk Hogan keychains. Proceeds from the sales of the keychains will go to Hogan's favorite charity, 50 Legs, which provides free prosthetic legs to those in need. 50 Legs is based in Florida but is run by Tyngsboro native Steve Chamberland.
The full staff of Tewksbury Sports Club will also be on hand to answer questions about the gym and to provide tours.
Catino said he is excited about the opportunities that being an independent gym bring. He said he is now free to run the fitness center exactly how he chooses to without corporate mandates and restrictions.
"Being independent frees me up to cater to the needs of our individual members. We have a program we can design for everyone," said Catino. "We offer an individual training concept. We can offer Zumba class, cross training classes and spinning classes that we couldn't before."
Catino said the switch from Planet Fitness has been well-received by the community.
"We've actually had a growth spurt since the changeover," he said. Some former clients who had left when we went to Planet Fitness have come back now."
TSC is open 4 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 4 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.