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New York City has more stores than anyone could physically tackle, but somehow we always keep returning to the usual suspects. To break out of the rut, we've asked some local shopping and fashion gurus to provide their hidden retail gems—those unique stores around our fantastic city that we might not all know about. Cue the Beatles: We're about to get a little help from our friends.
Image via Complete Body and Spa
From his days as an adult film star, New York-based Colton Ford has since left his former career behind and has put his best foot forward as a musician—with two albums and an appearance on the 2008 "True Colors" music tour under his belt so far. He's no longer appearing in titles such as Gang Bang Cafe and Head Games and now, Colton spends his time producing club beats with a techno twist. When in town, Ford makes sure he hits up this Chelsea gym to maintain one of the things that catapulted him to stardom, and captured the hearts (and more) of guys both young and old along the way.
The gym that I go to is called Complete Body and Spa on 19th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues. I found it while I was looking around at gyms in the Chelsea area when I moved to the city four years ago. At that time, it was called 19th Street Gym...but not anymore. What I like so much about it is that it's really a no-nonsense kind of place. You've got a good variety of equipment, including free weights, machines, fully functional equipment, and a full cardio area. What's better is that Complete Body and Spa offers a huge variety of classes, as well as massages, facials, tanning, and physical therapy. It's full service yo!
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· Colton Ford Music [Official Site]
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