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What's the Best Workout Spot in Hillsborough?

This week's Readers' Choice poll features township businesses where you can get fit.

The winter layers are being shed and beach weather is right around the corner. Where do you go in town to stay fit and get your body in shape for the summer?

Our Readers' Choice poll this week features gyms, fitness centers and workout studios in Hillsborough. Which one do you prefer?

Voting in the poll below is open until Friday at 9 a.m. We will announce the winner Friday around noon.

Vote in the poll and be sure to leave a review on your workout place of choice's directory listing.

Editor's note: The winner will be selected on a point system based on poll votes and directory ratings. If there is a tie, a winner will be determined by the amount of positive comments posted on this article and positive reviews received on its directory listing. For full contest rules, click on the PDF attached to this article.

Sandy April 12, 2012 at 08:58 PM
I have been training with the owner of !mpact for over 4 years. People travel far to work out with Hillarie, the owner. I know someone that traveled from PA. The client base travels far for her and some people may not go weekly, others see her multiple times per week. She runs 2 week camps for kids, trains teams at RVVC & works with NFL combine athletes on nutrition. Her client base is huge and everyone sees results- I'm sure that's why there are crazy numbers!
Kylene April 12, 2012 at 10:46 PM
Before you criticize !mpact training I think you need to go and check out what they have to offer. They are a completely different kind of training facility. Hillarie has been a personal trainer for many years and does have the clients to back up these votes. Her clients include a diverse group of people from pre teen athletes to pro athletes. At !mpact training they are more one on one involved then a regular gym. At !mpact, Hillarie is right there motivating you showing you the correct way to work out and she teaches you all about nutrition. !mpact offers training for all members of the family.. My son attended her speed an agility class over the summer and loved it. He is now going to start her Kids Total Development training class. I’m glad that The Patch did this poll. Each gym has something different to offer. Please read every response and think to yourself what kind of people you want to be working out next to. The negative or the positive people who will help motivate you. If your looking for a total life style change then it’s !mpact training.
Lou April 13, 2012 at 01:20 AM
You won't have to wait for Jussy to leave a comment...I will. Are you kidding me? This is a poll, not a contest, it's peoples opinions. Why is it impossible to think that either of these two facilities could not have faithful followers who are passionate about their gym because it changed their lives? You obviously are passionate about your gym! You have some serious issues if you are trying to spin this into something negative. Stop with the stupid comments!
debbie pinter April 13, 2012 at 01:26 AM
love powerhouse gym I was told by my doctors that i would be in a wheel chair in one year becuase my joints were so bad from my RA that was 5 years ago! powerhouse staff showed me how to work out without stressing out my joints. its great to wake up and be able to walk without pain! thank you powerhouse!!
JL April 13, 2012 at 01:35 AM
Impact training is not a conventional gym, it is a fitness center where people come to get a great workout. Impact has state of the art equipment as well as a friendly staff that will do anything to help you reach your fitness goals. I personally know of alot of gyms that it is hard to get on a machine or get a good workout because of the amount of people working out at same time. At Impact this doesn't happen because it is structured and organized. The votes are not the issue here because the people who attend the Impact workouts have families that attend thier family nights so that is extra votes. There is also thing called aspiring members who are voting because they want to workout at Impact. I hope everyone has read into Impact an is considering going there. Great workout and great people.
Sandy April 13, 2012 at 01:58 AM
And as anyone can see, !IMPACT has loads of votes and comments on this page. I don't know any of these other pro-!mpact commenters (except for my comment- see same name). It just goes to show what a huge network the owner has made. I have not been there for over a year but it's a program that has changed my life and helped me keep at an ideal weight because of what I learned there. Its my first choice for a work out spot!!
Tony April 13, 2012 at 02:49 AM
The poll is very helpful. It is clear that Impact has a very strong following. Not surprising since the clientele was well established long before the new location opened. Impact is different from the rest of the places listed; not a gym but a health facility dedicated to fitness and nutrition. Also not surprising that NFL players that were trained by Impact's founder Hillarie Scannelli recently came out to support the grand opening which I suspect accounts for all of these votes. Sammy I would recommend that you and others reading this should visit and see what all the excitement is about. Remember Impact is new and different. It's not a gym. Impact is dedicated to fitness, nutrition and finding out how to make that work for each of us. One new client at a time.
Tony April 13, 2012 at 03:00 AM
The poll is very helpful. It is clear that Impact has a very strong following. Not surprising since the clientele was well established long before the new location opened. Impact is different from the rest of the places listed; not a gym but a health facility dedicated to fitness and nutrition. Also not surprising that NFL players that were trained by Impact's founder Hillarie Scannelli recently came out to support the grand opening which I suspect accounts for all of these votes. Sammy I would recommend that you and others reading this should visit and see what all the excitement is about. Remember Impact is new and different. It's not a gym. Impact is dedicated to fitness, nutrition and finding out how to make that work for each of us. One new client at a time.
McG April 13, 2012 at 05:37 AM
That's really witty INSECURE, THAT play on words is actually sad !mpact does not need to stack their votes because they provide a superior, personalized service that people appreciate and as a result their friends. After all, word of mouth is the best form of marketing.
McG April 13, 2012 at 05:47 AM
There is this thing, it’s called social networking, and it works on the internet. Basically you put up a page and from this page you can post to all the people that like your page, it’s really revolutionary. There is Facebook, Twitter, and Linked-IN to name a few. It’s called marketing, successful business use marketing as a tool to grow their business. (Not that impact needs this because the word of mouth alone is doing them just fine) Here is a thought, less crying about stuffing the ballot box and more business 101. You do THAT math
McG April 13, 2012 at 12:29 PM
I have never heard Hillarie claim to have "trained" NFL athletes. She is always clear that she gave "Sports Nutrition Training" to these players. I think calling this a “marketing ploy” is ignorant when you don’t know the facts. !mpact training has no control for what other people post through their own misunderstanding of the facts. The FACT is that !mpact really hasn’t needed any “Marketing ploys,” unless of course word of mouth falls into that category.
sammy April 13, 2012 at 01:50 PM
to all of you IMpact lovers , congrats... i am truly happy for you all since i too do believe that nutrition, exercise and intellectual curiosity are the pillars to a long life. But , for all of these people to have found their way to HILLSBOROUH PATCH to vote for them , that is plain FRAUDULENT and an insult to all of the other honest voters. Those people never heard of the PATCH until impact told them to come here and vote. So please stop with the over the top ratta-tatat of keystrokes from the many happy campers at IMPACT. Even this latest attempt to fully explain away the love for her by her legions of fans is disgusting
McG April 13, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Tom, Sounds like somebody needs a side order of French Cries with that post. As I read through the posts and the slander and all hoopla, I find it funny that they there is even a comparison drawn between Powerhouse and !mpact. They are 2 totally separate types of gyms with the same PURPOSE in mind: get people in shape. Powerhouse is an enormous facility that encourages walk ins and a large member base. !mpact is a TRAINING FACILITY, you can’t walk in and just jump on a treadmill and start working out. What is the need for all this ignorant comparisons? You can say all you want, it’s a free country, PURE GREED?? Really?? Have you ever even walked into !mpact or met Hillarie Scannelli? It’s a family run business that believes in helping others of all sizes and physical abilities reach their fitness goals. Funny part is, If these other gyms did have 1700 plus members, where were they during the voting? hmmmm, maybe there is a reason they DIDN'T vote. Maybe they are pissed they are stuck into a contract, maybe they don't care, maybe maybe maybe. Here is a definite, !mpact's folks love the service and personalized care they get from a knowledgeable caring staff. Period
sammy April 13, 2012 at 01:59 PM
McG... please stop. You protest too much. I will grant you all the postive waves. She is great. the family is wonderful, the treatment is superb. Guess what, the same can be said for Newell . He does the same thing , but he is not resorting to a desperate and a low class attempt to market their services . Invading The Patch to further your greed is greed. But good luck in your endeavors. If you are the marketing person or partner or relative - congrats , you did great , you won. but what ? go and figure , what did you win? LOL
Lou April 13, 2012 at 02:06 PM
I never saw anywhere that she "trained" NFL players...her bio states she gave nutritional training to these players. I'm sure TEST did an amazing job with their sports training no one is disputing that. Why are there so many haters out there?
Lou April 13, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Tom, why is the poll a bust because she has a following? No one is trying to compare themselves to Powerhouse! No one is bad mouthing powerhouse. I have trained with Hillarie for years, just because she just opened a month ago does not mean she can not have a fan base. Come on pure greed! Go introduce yourself to Hillarie at Impact then come back and comment! There is room in this world for more than one gym and more than one facility. What works for you may not work for others. Why do you care how many people posted for IMPACT?? She has worked hard in this business for years and has finally opened up a place that she is proud of and all of her followers and friends are proud of. They have been with her through this journey so please stop with all the negativity.
McG April 13, 2012 at 02:14 PM
Sammy, Not trying to make enemies and I think you are still way off on the greed thing. I only invaded or started to post when !mpact was completely slandered for no apparent reason. I am sure Newell is fantastic, I don't know the facility and only wish the best to them and all the other gyms in Hillsborough trying to make it in this economy. Honest thought, I protest where I see fit. why not bother that JM or any of these other people that posted the EXACT same comment like 5 times regarding stuffing the box ect. Just saying, no worries no hard feelings.
Lou April 13, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Oh Sammy, I am not a relative but have trained with Hillarie. Low class?? Hahaha thats a laugh! That is what you are doing by posting negative things about other gyms. No one said that Newell doesn't do the same superb services. Stop all this ridiculous posting!
Melody April 13, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Hey Hallarie!! It is your neighbor Melody from POWERHOUSE gym Congratulations!!!
Melody April 13, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Thank you to our friends/members at POWEHOUSE GYM!! Your votes were SO appreciated!! :) Ken,Mel,Madison and the Powerhouse family!!!
Sue April 13, 2012 at 02:46 PM
I wonder if the owners of any other fitness center in Hillsborough get up at the crack of dawn to bake a nutritional breakfast cake and set up coffee for their 6:00am training clients? And how many people receive an email in the middle of their workday telling you about all the healthy things you can do this week to make your hard work in training even more beneficial? And I wonder how many people know just exactly how your muscles work or what they need to keep them strong and flexible as we get older? Impact clients do. Personal, even in a group setting, is what Impact offers, and you cannot imagine the time and dedication that they have put into this venture. PS: Sammy, every time I logged in to read your stupid comments I clicked on the poll five times. Bite me.
Hillarie Scannelli April 13, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Hi it's Hillarie, Owner of !MPACT Training. First, let me say Thank you to I ran a business for 12 years out of my home - over 200 people and traveled to work with sports teams - so lots of those players & parents were a part of this poll. And YES, I provided Sports Nutrition Training for NFL Combine Athletes through TEST Football Academy - which is why I have a lot of friends/contacts in the NFL and was able to have some players at our successful Grand Opening last week. This was a really silly poll - it doesn't mean anything. All the gyms in Hillsborough are doing a great job - and everyone has different needs. I'm happy !MPACT has a lot of fans, and I hope we continue to grow. I'm really excited our website has been smoking with hits so I guess this blog, positive or negative, created some chatter - which is good. With regards to Newell Fitness, I actually thought about contacting Kyle to see if he was interested in a partner/business before I opened !MPACT. But then God brought Dan DelGuercio in my path - a great trainer who wanted to take this journey with IMPACT. God has a plan for us all and feel blessed with all He is bringing my way. All the best to Hillsborough gyms. Peace and Blessings. Hillarie
Hillarie Scannelli April 13, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Sorry my note got chopped up a bit since I had so much to say haha! My first line was saying THANKS to Powerhouse for their classy response. Thank you Ken and Melody!
Hillarie Scannelli April 13, 2012 at 03:54 PM
My first note also said that I thought Powerhouse and Newell Fitness were doing a great job. It also said that I would have responded sooner but a recent mentorhsip in San Diego tried to teach us to resist the need to indulge in negative blogs. It was so hard NOT to comment -- especially when some of the comments were untrue and kind of hurtful. I just wanted to say thanks to our clients and fans -- and I think all our gyms in town are providing something different. It's all good, guys.
Be Fit Anywhere, LLC April 13, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Hillarie, congratulations to you and your new location! Wish you, Powerhouse, Newell Strength, Koko Fit, Yoga M.A.T.T and all other fitness establishments great success. We have a common goal in helping our community feel healthy and strong to enjoy a quality life. Working together, delivering our strengths, I believe we can achieve that goal! Be Fit and Be Well, Godelieve Babey
Hillarie Scannelli April 13, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Thank you and good luck to you at your facility too -- thanks so much for your comment.
sammy April 13, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Hillarie - much continued good luck to you and your new location. I sincerely hope it is a success, thus adding to the richness that is living in this area. My disagreement is the overwhelming vote for two establishments one that changed hands a while ago and yours. As a student of logic and statistics , if it walks and sounds like a duck than it is a fraud and the fact that one poster here admits to stuffing the ballot box with five (5) more votes to spite me is LOL funny. i never questioned your abilities nor your business quality , just the act of either you or someone working for you , took the lead ; both you and Powerhouse had exponetially too high scores relative to the rest and that is that. Maybe some day you and Ken will put it all together and make one great enterprise.
Judy April 13, 2012 at 09:55 PM
Well said Hillarie. You are a class act and a beacon of hope and inspiration. IMPACT Training under your direction is an oasis of positive living. I found you many years ago and you helped me lose 50 pounds and gain a new life. Thank you for all you have done and continue to do for me and others. Keep up the amazing work.
Hillarie Scannelli April 13, 2012 at 10:07 PM
Thanks a lot Sammy -- I appreciate your note and understand your thoughts. Looks like I need to congratulate Ken over at Powerhouse though. We knew we had more votes but the contest involved some kind of point system so Powerhouse tunred out to be our real winner. I was off line and just found out so congrats Ken and Mel.
ChetG April 14, 2012 at 03:59 PM
You should go kill yourself.


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