Hudson Athletic Club to close

Hudson Athletic Club in Hoboken NJ soon to be gone

Did you know that Hoboken is about to lose one of its fitness centers? Yep – Hudson Athletic Club, better known as HAC – is on it’s way out because the owner is retiring.

The spot at 130 Washington Street is for sale as-is (asking $149,000) for anyone who’d like to keep it running as a gym. However, I believe if that doesn’t work out, each floor will likely be available individually.

When HAC eventually closes (remember it used to be called “Tropical Shade?”) – it will probably be a nice boost for other area gyms like Club H Fitness and NYSC, as they’ll pick up new members. Hopefully someone is smart enough to offer close to competitive prices to entice former members of HAC to switch.

Hudson Athletic Club for Sale in Hoboken NJ HAC

Description: (FOR SALE) Health Club & Gym with Cardio & Strength machines, Extensive Group Fitness classes, Cross Training classes, Toning classes, Dance, Yoga.
Website: www.hudsonathletic.com
Address: 130 Washington St, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Telephone: (201) 798-1811

HAC Hudson Athletic Club Hoboken NJ

23 Responses

  1. whewwhewwhew says:

    Poor HAC (use to be Tropical Shade) back in the day.

    They have painted this place more times than an apartment in the SkyClub. (white flight)

    They once tried to imitate CRUNCH in NY with Purple and Yellow. Problem is they painted everything! Water fountains, pipes, air ducts, ect.

    The only good thing about this place was it was really empty once NY Sports and CLUB H opened so less competition for the rusty, clunky, screaming for WD-40 equipment.

    The owner of this place is real tub of lard, who inherited lots of money from mommy and daddy and has never really worked an honest day in his life.

    They go through sales people like Club H goes through membership applications fees… fast.

    I cannot wait for the 4 floors of paint and hardware in the not too distant future!

  2. Sasha says:

    I must disagree. I have been a HAC member for three years now and find it to be a fantastic place for my morning workout!

  3. fmn says:

    how much are the memberships? is this place pretty cheap??

  4. lemoulinrouge says:

    I have been a member of HAC for a very long time and just made the decision to move on to another club for many reasons:

    1. Facilities are completely outdated
    2. Locker Room is small, dirty and in poor shape
    3. Showers and bathroom facilities are badly deteriorated
    4. Not enough staff weekdays and weekends
    5. Towels are laundered and handled outside the club
    6. Training and exercise equipment is old
    7. Too many non-health club activities (kids’ parties, etc)
    held during club hours, interfering with exercise routine
    8. Club’s fine-print membership rules and regulations leave
    members with far too many vulnerabilities
    9. Absentee Owner/Manager (this person, Mr. Singh, is hardly
    ever at the club)
    10. Time to move on to a newer facility with a
    user-friendly and more professional atmosphere

  5. hoboken55 says:

    Honestly, this gym is the worst. I have been a member for a few years and finally decided to move on to a gym that actually has equipment that works. The machines, here, are 100% outdated and do not even give your body a true workout. For example, the treadmills are at least 10 years old and the ellipticals have no resistance. In fact, the only elliptical that works is always taken because members fight over it. RIDUCLOUS.

    Mr. Judge, the trainer, is in great shape but the other female trainer is not. How can people expect to loose weight and get toned if a gym’s so-called trainer is not even in shape?

    I am sure this place will close down soon so it is NOT worth joining – you will be very disappointed.

  6. mikey578041 says:

    This place will probably pick up some business now that empire is doomed. I was a member here about 3 years ago when I first moved to Hoboken. I liked it but when I moved to a place right by empire I switched. I just went back HAC yesterday to check it out being empire is closed with a “plumbing problem” and it is a ghost town. Maybe I’ll try NYSC.

  7. DeKok says:

    I’m a former long-time Empire member. I hemmed and hawed for a while, and then –despite the comments here — gave HAC a try. One month later I’m totally happy. I have no complaints with the equipment I use, nor any reservations about cleanliness. I’m an early-morning person; I appreciate the low-key, uncrowded atmosphere. It’s completely comfortable and adequate to my alternating free-weight/machine and cardio routine. I can’t see any reason not to recommend HAC.

  8. cheeky says:

    Dekok you just told my story. I also hemmed and hawed and added 20 pounds so I bit the bullet. It is very uncrowded, laid back, and so far has been very adequate for what I need. I still wish Empire was open though, it was a 5 minute walk
    :)

  9. Caffeine says:

    How are, ahem, the membership prices? I had a totally sweet deal at Empire, so I’ve been balking about signing up for a new Hoboken gym.

  10. Katie_Scarlett says:

    Can any regular poster (no offense cheeky & DeKok but I don’t recognize your screen names) indicate their views on HAC?

  11. Tiger says:

    [quote comment=”122961″]Can any regular poster (no offense cheeky & DeKok but I don’t recognize your screen names) indicate their views on HAC?[/quote]
    Katie, I’m not sure I fully earned my ‘regular’ status yet, but I used to workout at HAC between 2004 – 2006.

    The club is a good value for the money, and the yoga instructor at that time (Jeff) is really good. I’m not sure if he’s around anymore though or if he moved on somewhere else. I have to admit I started yoga for all the wrong reasons (pretty Hoboken girls doing yoga all around you, what’s there not to love? ) but he was really good.

    The club itself if OK at most for general workout. It’s clean, but it’s basically a converted three story brownstone so it’s not the biggest, the flashy wall colors do not help in making it ‘modern’, in fact, it makes it incredibly tacky.

    My membership dues were something like $75 a month, which were not bad at all even for a graduate student. It was a good value, especially with the free classes, but I moved on.

  12. Katie_Scarlett says:

    thanks tiger. I recognize your name. :) By regular, I just meant I didn’t want to potentially hear from a shill for the club (or is it schill?).

  13. estevens says:

    I’m paying just over $50 a month. The place is never crowded (at 5pm there is NO ONE there), the equipment is adequate, and I can always get a clean towel. If you’re a simple peasant like me and don’t require high-end accoutrements to work out, this is your place.

  14. Caffeine says:

    Thanks, estevens, that’s exactly the kind of description I was looking for. I’m a peasant, too…

  15. estevens says:

    I should explain that the GF and I got a better deal when we signed up together, but I’d imagine that single memberships should be in the $60-70 range, still considerably less than Club H.

  16. Katie_Scarlett says:

    [quote comment=”122970″]I’m paying just over $50 a month. The place is never crowded (at 5pm there is NO ONE there), the equipment is adequate, and I can always get a clean towel. If you’re a simple peasant like me and don’t require high-end accoutrements to work out, this is your place.[/quote]
    This is great. Thanks!

  17. Litteredboken says:

    I hate the places that don’t list their membership fees. I am into equality here. I am terrible negotiator and seller and can’t/won’t play games to get a lower fee.

    Anyone sign up recently and get the “just over 50 a month” deal of estevens?

  18. mikey578041 says:

    I joined up here after empire closed and I also have to say H.A.C. is a clean, simple gym that has everything you need at a great price. I’m happy upon my return after being at empire for about 2 years. It has become a bit more crowded since the new year but not too bad.

  19. kagemusha says:

    I used to be a member but their trainers were always pushing services. I’ve had a trainer before and know what I’m doing. What do I need a trainer for? There was a fat guy there who was a bookie and obnoxious to everyone playing the tv sets ultra-loud. Once I asked him to turn it down and he called me a MFer.

    I never liked Judge, he’s pompous and the trainers are pretty fat there in general. Not a great example. Doesn’t seem anyone there cares either.

  20. ana.teresa says:

    I’ve always been too lazy to workout on my own, I’ve signed up to numerous gyms and just showed up a couple of times. My best experiences at HAC was purchasing training session right before my wedding, the prices were affordable. I did a 20 session pack & by the end my wedding dress fit me perfectly! The equipment isn’t new but with my trainers help it was enough to help me get the body I needed.

    • moondancer69 says:

      How much do you pay at HAC?? I called and they said $76 for the first month.. and then $99 for every month thereafter. I dont get why everyone is saying HAC is so inexpensive!

      In response to ana.teresa who said:

      I’ve always been too lazy to workout on my own, I’ve signed up to numerous gyms and just showed up a couple of times. My best experiences at HAC was purchasing training session right before my wedding, the prices were affordable. I did a 20 session pack & by the end my wedding dress fit me perfectly! The equipment isn’t new but with my trainers help it was enough to help me get the body I needed.

    • Riggleman says:

      Thanks for sharing this wonderful story and how your wedding dress fit perfectly…..YAAAWWWNNNNN[quote comment=”184348″]I’ve always been too lazy to workout on my own, I’ve signed up to numerous gyms and just showed up a couple of times. My best experiences at HAC was purchasing training session right before my wedding, the prices were affordable. I did a 20 session pack & by the end my wedding dress fit me perfectly! The equipment isn’t new but with my trainers help it was enough to help me get the body I needed.[/quote]

      • mikey578041 says:

        I haven’t posted here in a while but felt the closing of the HAC was a good reason to leave a couple of thoughts…

        First off I’m a little biased, I became a member at HAC when I first moved to Hoboken in 2004, was a member for a year, then did a couple years at empire (now planet) before it closed and have been back at HAC for the last 5 years….. It’s a shame this gym has closed. It wasn’t the nicest gym, it was particularly well-maintained but it was reasonably priced and had a great atmosphere. The people who went there made it a special place. It was a true community in addition to being a place where you could get a great workout and not have to deal with the BS of the retail chain gyms and people being there for a scene with big crowds and high prices etc..

        Unfortunately the owner of this gym never reinvested in the place and sucked every last nickel out of it without ever really having any intention of renewing the lease. If it wasn’t for Lavert and Jirina I’m not even sure the place would have lasted as long as it did. Great memories at 130 Washington Street and sad to see it go :( [quote comment=”219640″]Thanks for sharing this wonderful story and how your wedding dress fit perfectly…..YAAAWWWNNNNN[/quote]

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