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Sitaras Fitness, located on East 58th Street in Manhattan, is the extremely exclusive gym where big Wall Street names such as billionaire hedge funder George Soros like to work out.From the New York Times:
Mr. Soros, the billionaire investor and philanthropist, was never one to have time for — or interest in — gyms. But he was so impressed with the results that his son Alex, 26, got from Mr. Sitaras that he joined two years ago and now works out regularly. “My son benefited greatly — he lost a lot of weight,” Mr. Soros says.
The senior Mr. Soros, now 81, goes to the gym twice a week. “It makes me feel better, more alert,” he says. Mr. Soros, in turn, referred Paul Volcker, the former Federal Reserve chairman, to the club.
According to the report, Sitaras Fitness does not charge an initiation fee, but all members are required to participate in at least two personal training sessions a week for $115 a piece and monthly fees run at $150 meaning total annual fees start at $13,760.
Membership at Sitaras Fitness is capped at 200, according to the gym’s website. Most recently the gym had approximately 144 members, according to the NYTimes. That means there are still possibly 56 spots available.
While the gym is exclusive, by no means do you have to be a major Wall Street exec to secure a membership. All candidates are assessed by the founder John Sitaras who says he looks for people who are dedicated to fitness. But perhaps a recommendation from Soros would help.
If you’re not already convinced, check the testimonials of some of clients.
- Charlie Rose: “My appreciation of John Sitaras comes from hours and hours and hours of one on one training with him. I speak only of my direct experience with him and its benefit to me. He has changed my physical health and my appreciation of fitness and how to achieve it…”
- Harvey Fuchs (Citigroup): “The quality of my life has completely changed for the better by being a member of Sitaras Fitness for the past two years. Not only do the workouts provide me with feeling physically fit, I think more clearly and am more focused than I have ever been in my life.”
- Keith Rubenstein (Somerset Partners): “Training at Sitaras Fitness has been a rewarding experience in all respects. The facility is thoughtfully designed and impeccably maintained and the equipment is truly, state of the art. But most importantly, John’s knowledge of physiology and fitness, his custom designed programs and his staff’s professionalism combine to make training at Sitaras an important part of my day that I actually look forward to.”
- Leonard Harlan (Castle Harlan): “The Sitaras fitness centre is like none other in the world. None other has John Sitaras and his devotion to his profession, his craft, and his clients. He has created an atmosphere where no physical problem can not be solved and that solving the problems and developing personal fitness starts and ends with one’s self-confidence. He constantly monitors the progress of his clients and has developed a group of trainers who are truly his disciples. The result is a collegial atmosphere for all of us who are focused on maintaining good health and conditioning without the rubbish of a social club.”