Casual gym-goers need not apply to White Plains’ new athletic training facility at 188 E. Post Road. Major League Strength, which is targeting a Sept. 1 opening, takes its tagline of “Train Like a Pro” very seriously.
“It'll be the only thing in the area that replicates a true sporting environment,” said Dana Cavalea, of the turf-covered facility. “I'm fortunate enough to be one of the only people that knows what that is."
Cavalea, the strength and conditioning coordinator for the New York Yankees, will be bringing his knowledge and experience with him as the facility’s head coach.
What he believes differentiates Major League Strength from other local gyms in the area is the commitment that comes with being a member.
"One of the goals of the facility is everyone's training for something,” said Cavalea. “We just feel that most people fall off their program because they're not held accountable—there's no competition and they're not a part of anything.”
The facility welcomes all types of athletes, regardless of age, that are looking to train for a season, marathon or any other type of competition.
“If you're a high school athlete or somebody that just wants to walk up and down the stairs without huffing and puffing at the top—we're going to be able to out train what you need to do on a daily basis," said Director or Operations T.J. Lopez.
According to Cavalea, there is no set fee for those looking to apply, as individual programs vary depending on the required training. Prices may range anywhere from $100 to $1,000 per month.
When members sign up, the first order of business is an evaluation to determine just how much training is needed. The evaluation includes testing balance, posture and performing cardiac assessments.
“Everything we do is customized to the individual,” said Cavalea.
The evaluation is the first element in a list of seven that makes up Major League Strength’s “DNA.” After “evaluate” comes: educate, prevent, train, compete, recover and fuel.
Sports medicine and physical therapy programs will be available for those who are nursing an injury and are unable to compete.
The facility also stresses proper nutrition and provides members with all-natural energy and recovery drinks to be taken at the beginning and end of each session.
When it comes to training, dieting and rehabbing—members will be held to the same standards as the professional athletes that Cavalea and company work with.
"We started at the top of the pyramid,” said Lopez. “Now we're going to be able to bring that type of training to the high school athletes, college athletes and just the general population who want to train like an athlete.”
While Major League Strength is not a new entity—it runs events and outsources trainers —this will be its first facility.
One factor in choosing the location was the amount of professional athletes who live in White Plains and the surrounding areas. According to Cavalea, these athletes will make up some of his soon-to-be clientele.
Major League Strength is expecting to have 50 members signed up by September, and will only have capacity for 300 total.
"It's an exclusive membership. It's not something where you say 'hey I want a gym membership.' It doesn't work like that,” said Cavalea. “You have to be ready to commit and ready to take part in something bigger than yourself.”