Redondo Beach's Michael McNeirney is a Navy veteran who spent more than 20 years as a banker, but he was searching for franchise opportunities when he discovered GYMGUYZ, a mobile gym that brings the workout to a home or even a park or the beach.
McNeirney launched his franchise on Monday, which covers the South Bay, from El Segundo through San Pedro.
“I know so many people who don't belong to a gym, they don't like going to a gym, they have limited time or maybe they have a kid at home they have to watch so that can't really go to the gym at all,” McNeirney said. “This solves those problems.”
McNeirney said that there are plenty of benefits from using GYMGUYZ besides picking the location of the workout.
“You don't have to wait in line for equipment, you don't have to wipe the sweat off the equipment,” McNeirney said. “There are people who don’t want to work out in front of other people. You can make all of the mistakes you want and not be self-conscious about what you're doing.”
Certified personal trainers, who have been thoroughly vetted, McNeirney said, have more than 360 pieces of equipment available to them in a trademarked red van for workouts to meet their clients goals, from losing weight or just to get more toned.
“They basically will just take out the specific equipment necessary for that workout,” said McNeirney. “So if it's at your house... wherever it is that you want to go, the equipment is here and they just bring it to you for the workout.”
McNeirney said GYMGUYZ mainly focuses on cardio and strength workouts, but not yoga. On their first visit, they will offer a free assessment, including a questionnaire to find out their client's goals.
“We put you through physical movement assessments, we kind of see where you might have some imbalances, where you might need some stability improvement and then we create a program,” McNeirney said. “From that point you can choose to do a single session, but typically what people do is buy packages.”
McNeirney said living a healthy and active lifestyle is something he has been passionate about. He entered the military when he was in college, becoming a Russian linguist. After living in Russia, he returned to the United States and worked at PNC Bank for 22 years.
When he discovered that there are “really not a lot of personal trainers that work outside a brick and mortar facility,” he jumped at the chance to open a GYMGUYZ franchise, which was founded by Josh York in 2008.
“I like the idea of helping people achieve their goals,” McNeirney said.
For more information, visit gymguyz.com.