When the MillbrookTrainingCenter’s original creator, Joe Parrinello, took back the reins of the facility last year after a fiercely contested battle and an agreed five-year absence from the scene, we at TMI suggested doing an article about his plans for the future. He declined, explaining that he needed time to decide whether the center was viable and promising to talk to us when his ideas were more concrete. We ran only a short piece about the change of ownership, and this week I sat down with him to get an understanding of what changes he has made and how he plans to further develop theTrainingCenter.
Parrinello was the original personal trainer in Millbrook. He began going to people’s houses to help them train at a time when “it was thought to be an activity reserved forHollywoodmovie stars.” Thirty years ago he opened his first facility in the old firehouse onReservoir Drive. “Today, almost everyone knows they need physical exercise. We no longer have to convince them,” Parrinello says. “We just have to help them find a program they can stick to.”
After a five year absence Joe Parinello is back at the Millbrook Training Center. After resuming ownership he has completely restructured the facility because, “I felt the property and the fitness business was a reliable entity.”
Immediately upon returning he sent out a survey to the membership asking what they most liked and disliked about the place. Because the major complaint was the way it was maintained, Parinello has focused on raising the standard by improving the cleanliness and making repairs and renovations. Work is continuing but the place is now spotless and all the equipment is working flawlessly.