Ryp Athletics offically opens today
Wednesday, 09 October 2013. Posted in Shootin' the Breeze
Shane Pagnucco trains on a spin bike at Ryp Athletics.
Brad Quarin photo
Ryp Athletics officially opens in Crowsnest Pass today
By Brad Quarin
A new gym for Crowsnest Pass is celebrating its grand opening today.
Ryp Athletics, located on Main Street Blairmore, is being launched by Wes Rypien Jr. and his wife, Lindsay.
Wes explains Ryp Athletics is distinct from other local gyms, offering personal training and fitness instruction.
“I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time,” he says. He’s coached hockey and played other sports, and earned a personal training certificate in the spring to make sure he can teach others in a correct, safe way.
Lindsay, who has participated in bodybuilding shows, also liked the idea. “We both have the same lifestyle, and we enjoy being physically fit, and we thought that we could help other people in doing that,” Wes says.
The personal training with Wes includes all sorts of activities, such as weightlifting, biking, running or boxing, while Lindsay is leading group classes. The goal is to develop sports skills or fitness levels for anyone, including teenagers and seniors.
For example, hockey training can involve training on ice at the Coleman arena, but at Ryp Athletics it will consist of weightlifting and drills specifically intended to develop hockey skills.
Ryp Athletics also has limited open-gym memberships, for members to work out in the gym when it’s not being used.
Challenges in starting the business have been manageable, including waiting for construction to wrap up. Even before the grand opening, public interest and enthusiasm has been overwhelming, Wes says.
The grand opening will be celebrated from 4 to 7 p.m. today, with wine and cheese and gift bags for the first 50 people to arrive. There will also be demonstrations of personal training and TRX strength-training equipment.
With Ryp Athletics, Wes hopes to help young athletes follow their dreams and to maintain a business he enjoys running.
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