Ryan Van Bergen and Danny Roth both love fitness and Ann Arbor, so it's appropriate that the friends who met at the University of Michigan are now the co-owners of the forthcoming Blue Lion Fitness
, a gym with a team-approach to working out. Their gym opens on W. Stadium Blvd. in early spring.
"For us, working out, is so much more than getting to gym, putting your headphones on and doing your own thing. You can only get so far that way," says Roth. "What we're doing really brings people together and gets rid of that fear of trying anything new and pushes them to the extreme."
The class-oriented gym will offer one-hour team training sessions including high-intensity interval training, strength and conditioning, core strength training, suspension training and plyometric training.
Renovations to the 4,000 square foot facility have just begun, and will include a complete reconstruction of the space with top-of-the-line equipment and astroturf flooring. The partners expect construction to be complete by early February and to open the facility between mid-March and early April.
"In the fitness industry, location is key," says Van Bergen. "We think it will be highly visible and centrally located from all the high schools. I also like cruising down Stadium and passing the Big House on my way to work."
Blue Lion Fitness will employ three reception staff and a gym manager in addition to Van Bergen and Roth as trainers. The business will also place a focus on community involvement, offering clients a free one-hour session for five hours of community service in a month.
Source: Ryan Van Bergen and Danny Roth, Blue Lion Fitness
Writer: Natalie Burg