Long Island Boxing Gym
2090 Jericho Tpke. East Northport, NY 631-422-9526
If you want to go hard core, Eddie Haeffer at the Long Island Boxing Gym in East Northport is the guy you want in your corner. This former Golden Gloves fighter will train you using old-school techniques.
"I teach you everything you need to know in the first day," says Haeffer. "When you learn how to train and fight for real, you can carry that on forever. There's no better workout."
When Erik Chopin, Season 3 winner from "The Biggest Loser," gained back 100 pounds from the 214 initially lost, he sought a solution. "I wanted to do something different," says Chopin, 42, of West Islip. "I couldn't bear going back to the regular gym. I needed to change it up."
Chopin hooked up with Haeffer, who had him jumping rope, beating tires with a sledgehammer and pounding the heavy bag three to four times a week. In seven months, he dropped 65 pounds.
"Boxing training gives you both cardio and weight training," says Chopin. "I never enjoyed exercising until I tried boxing."