(Zillennials — part of Gen Z — exhibit independence and decisiveness, and are more likely to focus on solving problems and creating ideas, says Joseph Pidoriano, 23 and a businessman himself. The New Dorp resident is one of four young entrepreneurs who we’ll be highlighting who head up local businesses and are demonstrating insight and perspective into their professions during a challenging time.)
Today: Sal Toner of F.C. Chaos Boxing & Fitness
F.C. Chaos Boxing & Fitness is a training facility owned by Sal Toner, 24, and home to one of the most unique fitness communities on Staten Island. With a culture centered around creating healthy and happy customers, F.C. Chaos has two rules: you have to smile the entirety of your workout and you cannot quit.
F.C. Chaos started as Toner Boxing & Fitness after Toner worked 10 years in the fitness community.
“I was inspired to start Toner Boxing & Fitness after a realization that my training not only made people healthy but also played a crucial role in making people happy. Very often my clients would say how training was the highlight of their day. After I learned how much of an impact I had on people, I decided to leave my full-time job in the non-profit sector and partnered with two great people and created ‘Chaos,” said the Graniteville resident.
If you ask any of Toner’s clients what makes the gym unique, they’ll say the same thing: It’s a community when you walk into the gym. You immediately join a group of people with common goals and values. Everyone is there to help one another. It’s not unusual to find a complete stranger cheering for you as you finish that last push up or throw punches on the pads.
Sal says when he shut down in March, the business was only two-and-a-half months old and was steadily growing at the time. Historically, March through May is always busy in the fitness industry as people prepare for summer.
“We weathered the COVID storm well and quickly pivoted to virtual workouts and eventually park workouts. As we return back to the gym the community has never been stronger and we’re quickly growing to a membership larger than before COVID.”
Toner entered the fitness world at age 13 growing up in a boxing gym with a dream of one day opening his own.
Fast forward eight years after saving two paychecks from his job fundraising for a great veterans organization IAVA, and he opened a small boxing and fitness studio. A year later he quit his full-time job, opened a second location and followed his dream to create a company that could make an impact through health, fitness and wellness.
F.C. Chaos is located at 10 Brick Court in Charleston and 12 Bradley Ave. in Meiers Corners. On the web at www.fcchaos.com and on Instagram @Fcchaosfitness and Facebook F.C Chaos Boxing & Fitness
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