WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Boutique Gym In Minnesota


IF YOU HAVE A GOOD QUESTION, GO TO WCCO.COM/LINKS AND E-MAIL HER. WHEN WINTER HITS, A LOT OF US GO INDOORS IN TO THE GYM TO STAY ACTIVE. WITH SO MANY LOCALLY OWNED GYMS POPPING UP, WE WANTED TO FIND THE BEST IN MINNESOTA. YOU VOTE FORD YOUR FAVORITE BOUTIQUE GYM AND SEND SENT NATALIE NYHUS TO [ INDISCERNIBLE ] Reporter: THE MEMBERS OF FIT AHOLIC FITNESS ARE FEEDING THE BEST KIND OF ADDICTION. HEART RATE! Reporter: GOOD HEALTH. DAMION AND NOEL DEBUTED THEIR GYM IN HAM LAKE JUST LAST YEAR AND ALREADY, THEY’RE CREATING ADDICTS. I WANTED TO DO THINGS A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT. I WANTED PEOPLE TO WALK TO THE DOOR AND SAY, I’VE NEVER FELT THIS. I’VE NER SEEN THIS — NEVER SEEN THIS, NEVER EXPERIENCED THIS BEFORE. BECAUSE AT THE END OF THE DAY, WE ARE OUR OWN BRAND, WE’RE OUR OWN GYM. Reporter: AFTER WORKING IN INDUSTRY FOR YEARS, THE MEYERS TOOK THE BEST PIECES OF WHAT THEY KNEW AND CREATED FIT AHOLIC FITNESS. IT’S THEIR UNIQUE TAKE ON GROUP, STRENGTH, AND CONDITION TRAINING. PLUS TRAINING FOR GYM MEMBERS. OUR FIT IS NOT TO BE SO SMALL THAT WE CAN’T FEEL LIKE WE CAN ACQUIRE A COVER AND NEED FOR A CUSTOMER. AND OUR FIT DOESN’T WANT TO BE A 30,000 SQUARE FOOT FACILITY WHERE WE FEEL LIKE I HAVE 1,000 MEMBERS AND I KNOW ZERO OF THEM. I’VE DONE THE BIG BOX GYM. I THINK THE ONLY PERSON WHO KNEW MY NAME WAS THE LADY AT THE FRONT DESK. Reporter: NOT SO HERE. DAMION KNOWS HIS MEMBERS AND THEY HAVE HIS BACK TOO. IT’S HUMBLING TO KNOW IF WE’RE EVER IN NEED AS A SMALL BUSINESS OWNER, I WOULD LITERALLY HAVE HUNDREDS OF MEMBERS THAT WOULD STEP UP TO HELP ME IN A HEARTBEAT. I’M GOING TOO SLOW. PUSH IT QUICKER! Reporter: IN RETURN, DAMION TAKES CARE OF THEM, HOLDING MEMBERS ACCOUNTABLE ON THEIR FITNESS JOURNEY. TRY TO MAKE YOU MOVE THOSE SHOULDERS! HE’S CRAZY. HE REALLY WILL PUNISH YOU BUT — PUSH YOU BUT KEEP YOU WORKING HARD SO YOU’RE NOT FEELING COMPLETELY OVERWHELMED BUT THAT YOU’RE CHALLENGING YOURSELF. THAT’S WHAT I LIKE THE MOST ABOUT HIM. Reporter: DO YOU EVER LOSE YOUR VOICE? A LITTLE BIT. I SAY IT’S NOT FROM YELLING. I SAY IT’S FROM A COLD. [ LAUGHTER ] YOU’RE NOT JUST BEAR CRAWLING IT, YOU KIDDING ME? LISTENING TO HIM SCREAMING FROM FIVE MINUTES BEFORE TO THE END, HE NEVER STOPS. HE BRINGS IT EVERY CLASS. WE ALL SAVE 10% IN THAT RESERVOIR TANK. WELL, I WANT TO GET THAT 10% OUT. Reporter: WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE BIGGEST THING THAT HOLDS PEOPLE BACK FROM TRYING OUT A BOUTIQUE GYM? THEY’RE NERVOUS. WHEN THEY LOOK AT OUR CLIENTELE BASE, THEY SAY OH, THEY ALREADY KNOW WHAT THEY’RE DOING. Reporter: BUT THAT’S ALSO THE STRENGTH. WHEN THEY COME IN TO THE GYM, THEY’RE IMMEDIATELY PART OF THE FAMILY. WE DON’T HAVE A LOT OF THE HEADPHONES, WE HAVE HANDSHAKES-FIVES. Reporter: AND SWEATY SMILES. DOESN’T MATTER WHAT PROBLEMS THEY HAVE WHEN THEY COME TO THE DOORS. THOSE PROBLEMS ARE ELIMINATED WITHIN 45 MINUTES. I’M [ INDISCERNIBLE ] MEYER WITH FIT AHOLIC FITNESS IN HAM LAKE AND WE’RE THE BEST BOUTIQUE GYM IN MINNESOTA! [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] WELL, BIG THANK YOU TO ALL THE FOLKS AT FITAHOLIC FITNESS WHO DID AN EXTRA WORKOUT FOR OUR STORY. THE BODY PROJECT IN EGAN, THE BEND OUT AND THE AVE AREAEIARY. I THINK HE’S WHAT MAKES THE GYM SO AWESOME. HE SEEMED PERSONALLY BEST. REALLY GREAT GUY FOR SURE. SO, VALENTINE’S DAY NEXT WEEK, WE’RE LOOKING FOR THE MOST ROMANTIC DINNER. FRANK AND AMELIA ARE HOLDING HANDS.

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