Compound Gym at Harbor Place Opens for Free Preview Classes This Sunday

The Compound's Oscar Moscat (left) and Anthony Ruiz, joined by trainer Kaysha Urena, will open at 34 Merrimack St. (Courtesy photograph)

Harbor Place’s newest neighbor The Compound is ready to pump up Haverhill—and the gym is opening for business Sunday with all group fitness classes that day taking place free of charge.

Owned and operated by Haverhill’s Anthony Ruiz and Lawrence’s Oscar Moscat, The Compound, occupies the 6,400-square foot space underneath The Harbor Place Residences. As the co-owners tell WHAV, custom gym equipment is being shipped from Lithuania as interior renovations are completed, and a formal grand opening is in the works for later this spring.

Prioritizing both the mental and physical aspects of fitness, The Compound is a niche gym, Moscat tells WHAV.

“The Compound is basically an environment for everyone who loves weightlifting and fitness but doesn’t like the distractions that come with that,” Moscat said.

Vowing to ban TVs and radios to allow gym-goers to focus on training, Moscat and Ruiz joke that their location is “anti-cardio” and will forgo the typical treadmills and Stairmaster in an effort to cater to power lifters and bodybuilders.

Ruiz says The Compound’s trainers—three who hail from Haverhill—plan to offer several high-intensity 60-minute group classes, including “X-Body” kickboxing and “Dominate Deadlifts,” which will both be offered during Sunday’s free showcase.

Power and restorative yoga classes are also in the works.

Monthly memberships are expected to average $79, Ruiz said, with members able to park for free at the Herbert H. Goecke parking deck.

For more information on The Compound or to check out their free open house on Sunday, Feb. 17, visit

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