In the beginning…

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This is us

One of the first things I did when I moved to Brick twenty years ago was to join a gym. The second day I woke up before I even unpacked everything, I went to Pure Focus. I didn’t even shop around. There were other gyms (fitness centers really), but as soon as I saw the old school feel and not a shitty commercial gym, I was hooked.

I started as a member, worked as a trainer, and now I am an owner.  Funny thing is, a year ago, I wanted to open my own warehouse gym. Every time I tried to allocate a space, something shot me down. At the end of almost one year of looking, Kent asked me why not invest here? It made sense, and honestly, it was always in the back of my mind. We’d discussed it several times, even came close once or twice.
We have known each other for almost two decades and Kent knows I am there if he needs me for anything. He’s one of the best guys around. Even though I am an owner for only three months and have worked here for over five years as a trainer, Kent and his family have taken this orphan in and made me part of his family.

The mission statement was clear from the beginning of our partnership. We are old school and proud. We want to keep the image of who we are, but update it, like this website you are on right now. Our goal is to give to do more for our members and make them proud to be part of a great gym.

We are a passionate couple of gym rats. We’ve been called throwbacks from a long forgotten era. We don’t expect to be millionaires in this industry, even though it would be nice. We do it because of our love of the iron game. We love strength, bodybuilding, fitness and we treat members like family, like the way it was in the 60s and 70s in the Arnold-Golds Gym era. Kent and I like to think this ideal breathes here.

Our goal with this blog is to connect even further with our members and anyone interested in who we are, what we do, what makes us better than the rest. Our mission is to remain the only real gym around!

Stay tuned there’s more to come!

Chris Marzarella

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NPC Classic Physique Competitor, USAPL Certified Powerlifting Coach, MMA Strength & Conditioning, and Transformation Coach. Pure Focus Owner  Chris Marzarella