By Indiana Nash
NISKAYUNA- Infinity Athletics is bringing the personal back into fitness in Niskayuna.
Infinity, an Ithaca-based gym, will be moving into 145 Vly Road on Feb. 1.
Cory Comitale, a Colonie native, will be the head trainer of the gym.
After attending SUNY Cortland, he thought his dream was to be a trainer for a professional sports team.
“But I started working one on one with people . . . It put things in a different perspective for me. It was a much more gratifying experience,” Comitale said.
He works with people from all ages and fitness levels. Some of his most inspiring clients are people who are recovering from surgery and have been going to physical therapy but need something extra for their next step.
“When we talk about strength training and conditioning, it’s not all athletes working with dumbbells,” Comitale said.
Although his training often uses free weights, the routines he creates with clients are based on their needs and what they want out of the workout.
Joey Durgin and Brian Oberther, the owners of the Ithaca location, founded Infinity Athletics a little over six months ago.
Both went to college in Ithaca and both worked at other gyms in the area, before deciding to create their own.
Oberther and Comitale worked together at various gyms in the Capital Region until Oberther’s move out to Ithaca in 2015. But in 2016, Oberther asked Comitale if he’d want to help him open up a new location of Infinity in the Schenectady area.
“We had very similar goals in mind,” Comitale said of Oberther’s fitness philosophy.
With Infinity, Durgin and Oberther also wanted to ensure that their personal trainers feel gratified by their work and are financially stable.
“It’s very easy for personal trainers to burn out, so we wanted to keep our overhead low,” Durgin said. All of their trainers have to have at least a bachelor’s degree and Durgin knows that the cost of that has to be balanced with a well-paying job.
In the Niskayuna location, Comitale will be a full-time trainer and there will be two other part-time trainers, at least for the first few months.
Comitale added that the small number of trainers will make clients who don’t like larger gyms with an “audience” of other athletes around feel more comfortable.
Along with personal training, Infinity will offer nutrition counseling.
Comitale will also be bringing in other services in the area.
“We have two offices that we’re hoping to fill,” Comitale said.
These will most likely be used for physical therapist, for a masseuse or for a chiropractor.