Real Housewives of New Jersey star Dolores Catania is opening her second gym, this time in Whippany! While chatting with the Season 7 newbie at the Posche by Kim D Holiday Fashion Show on November 29th, she revealed that her latest business venture, Powerhouse Fitness Center of Whippany, will be have a soft opening on December 16th and will officially open for business in January.
Dolores tells me that on her first day of the presale at the Route 10 fitness center, which she is still renovating, over 200 people signed up. “I have yoga there. I have amazing classes. It’s a family atmosphere, a lot of women of all ages come there,” she tells me. “It was a gym prior to this [Signature Fitness] and I took over that gym, so it closed down for awhile and the day I opened the doors, it was so beautiful. People started coming in saying ‘thank you for opening again.'”
The mom of two tells me what she loves most about the fitness business is the camaraderie and watching people progress and feel great about themselves. “I did it this year during the season. I did things against my grain. I faced my fears, and I opened up a gym,” she says. “Then this gym came up and it was such an amazing location, and I said I can do this, where I would have not done it before, I did it.”
Dolores tells me this is her second gym (her first was Powerhouse Gym of Old Bridge) that she’s opening without her ex-husband Frank Catania, and she couldn’t be prouder of herself. “Had I not faced the biggest fear I had, taking everything I had buying the first one, I wouldn’t have bought this one,” she says. “It gets a lot easier, even though your’e still scared, you take the chance. So I did and it’s great. This gym is going to be great.”