Nick Parrillo

First off, thanks to Kerry and the 212 staff for selecting me for the member spotlight, to be counted amongst such 212 legends as Sandy and Nelson and Matt Joe is truly humbling.

When I first started working out here I didn’t have any particular goals or expectations.  College, as well as and my athletic career, was coming to an end and I needed something physical to keep me busy.  I had always been pretty active, so 212 simply seemed like a fun and interesting way to maintain what I considered to be an adequate level of fitness.  I was wrong.

It wasn’t until Colin put me through the ringer early on that I realized I was not nearly as fit as I had thought I was.  But I kept at it and gradually felt myself getting stronger.  Needless to say, I was hooked.

The trainers and staff are attentive to your goals and progress, and all seem genuinely committed to your success both in and out of the gym.  They know what you’re capable of and hold you accountable for it, whether you like it or not.  That enthusiasm is infectious and makes you actually want to come sweat it out every day.

Although the workouts are great, what really makes 212 a great place to come to day in day out is the community.  There’s something about the collective sense of dread before what promises to be a hellish workout (read: Thursday mornings), and the feeling of accomplishment and relief an hour later when it’s all over that really makes it seem as though you’re all in it together.

In the five or so years I’ve been a member I have suffered injuries* ranging from the minor (sprained ankle, broken nose) to the major (broken hands, torn ACL/MCL).  Injuries and rehab notwithstanding, I can confidently say that I am in the best shape of my life; I am stronger, more flexible, and my endurance is as high as it’s ever been.  This gym, the trainers, and the other members are a major reason why.  Thanks all.

* Injuries not sustained at 212 Health and Performance.  I’m what you’d call “accident prone.”