The family went from gym members to owners of the Defined Health and Fitness gym in Wading River

After being diagnosed with a rare kidney disease early last year, most people would have expected Matthew Greco to calm down. But he did just the opposite.

When he heard that Jesse Swenk was selling his gym, Defined Health and Fitness, Mr. Greco approached his wife, Christina, about the possibility of buying it and began his journey from gym members to owners.

“We actually spent a couple of months praying about it, just to see if it was God’s direction and will for us and as we prayed about it, for that couple of months, we had real peace about it and felt like it was the right thing to do. Right. for us,” said Mr. Greco.

Defined Health and Fitness is located on the lower level of the East Wind Hotel in Wading River. It is open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The gym was previously located in the King Kullen Mall.

The final decision to purchase was made in November and in early December the new location for the gym was selected. However, the work was just beginning for the family who has lived in Wading River since 2019. They began tearing down walls, removing carpet and painting. A month later, on January 24, the gym was open. Mrs. Greco credits her husband with building the gym from scratch.

“He built it with his own hands,” he said.

Mr. Greco said his illness was a major factor in the decision to purchase the gym and the work he did there helped him get through the tough times.

“It became kind of an escape, to reset my mind and do something else,” he said. “It was really cool and a big dream come true.”

The gym has more than 65 machines, including treadmills and spin bikes. They offer classes every day of the week, sometimes up to three classes a day. They have several membership options with prices that vary depending on the contract or month to month. For more information, visit

Mr. Greco has been a pastor at Real Life Church in Wading River for 10 years and Ms. Greco has been a regional administrative assistant at The Arbors Assisted Living Communities for 16 years. They see their work at the gym as a continuation of the work they do in the community, according to Mr. Greco.

“It would really continue to be an extension of who we already are in this community and allow us to do what we love to do, which is impact people’s lives, make life with people, build relationships, that’s the heartbeat of what we do. we do,” he said.

Since they both have full-time jobs in addition to owning the gym, keeping the gym running was also a family affair. The couple’s children, Skye, Matthew and Cali, help out in the gym.

“It’s a job for us right now,” Ms. Greco said. “Yeah, it’s a lot, but when you find something you’re passionate about, it doesn’t feel like work… so I’m thankful for that.”

Skye, 18, balances college and helps out at the gym. Although she can be very long hours, she enjoys working there because she likes to get to know the community better.

“All the people that come into our gym, all the new members that come into our gym, they are all so welcoming, so kind, so sweet,” he said. “Running it and being there most of the day is very nice.”

That warmth of the community is what sets Defined Health and Fitness apart from any other gym, Mr. Greco said.

“You can go to Planet Fitness and you’ll get more equipment, you’ll get better equipment, because there’s more money in your business,” Mr. Greco said. “But you won’t get the people who care about you and the community that cares about you the way you’ll find here at Defined.”

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