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Exploring Life & Business with Demitri Blash Lopez of Train Station Fitness Center

Today we’d like to introduce you to Demitri Blash Lopez.

Hi Demitri, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Fitness has always been my biggest passion, and ever since high school, I knew that my goal was to open a gym. When I turned 18, I took my first steps toward a career in the fitness industry and got my personal training certification. Throughout my first year in personal training (2016) I also got the opportunity to start a meal prep service and food truck with a local restaurant owner. This experience ended up providing me with my first taste of entrepreneurship, which I feel was always a characteristic I had. Throughout this whole journey I was still going through the College experience so I found myself balancing college, personal training, and my meal prep business as well. Eventually, life got in the way and nearly three years after starting the meal prep/food truck business my business partner and I parted ways. The experience taught me a lot about business and amplified my desire to achieve my goal of becoming a gym owner.

When my food truck business stopped around 2019, I was 21 years old. At this point in my life, I had transferred from the University of Colorado Boulder and thought I wanted a career in the medical field- which eventually led me to seek pre-med and nursing options at CU Denver and MSU Denver. I began to struggle with what I truly wanted in life, continuing to pursue my entrepreneurial spirit in the fitness industry or a stable career in health care. Still training people and going to school full time, I also began working at UC Health part-time as a CNA in the ICU. A few months later, the COVID 19 pandemic began. Of course, this provided a variety of struggles, the hospital shifts became hectic and society changed as a whole. Then of course gyms closed. All these variables provided the awakening that I did not seek a career in health care but to pursue my dreams in fitness. While gyms were closed, I began to find ways to still train my clients and friends. Training people in the park and in my garage, where my dad had a gym set up.

During this whole process, my dad and I began to seriously talk about opening a gym. This has always been our shared passion, and now with the support and passion building up with our clients and community, we saw an opportunity. We knew that many would call us crazy to open a business during the pandemic but we were confident in our dreams. Thus, I ended up quitting the hospital, went to training full time again, and my dad and I began to talk with my brother about our idea.

In November 2020, my dad, brother, and I opened a personal training studio- a small gym, but we knew this would just be the start of our journey, the beginning of Train Station Fitness Center. During this time, I worked in the studio and my dad at American Furniture Warehouse, saving as much money as we can to open our dream gym.

In May 2021, I graduated from MSU Denver with a BA in Human Development and Family Studies and a minor in Biology. Finally, I was able to just be full-time with my business and focus on growing it.

Now, in February of 2022 we signed the lease for a 15,000 sq foot facility, which we opened 6/1/2022, moving out a small 1,200 sq foot building.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
The road definitely has not been smooth. For the majority of the journey, I balanced two or more jobs as well as being a full-time student. Changed my major 5 times, opened a gym from scratch with my dad and brother in the midst of covid, and risked everything for my passions. But looking back, I can say that everything has been a part of my growth and learning journey and would not change anything.

Since the opening of our training studio in 2020, I found myself doing Instacart between sessions and even working at Mike Maroone Ford for a period of time right before opening our expanded facility.

I have achieved many of my dreams in my 24 years, but I can say it does feel like this is just the start of my journey. There are still bumps in the road to be faced and I still have many dreams and goals for Train Station Fitness Center.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
For starters, our look is drastically different from any other gym we have been a part of. We pride ourselves on being unique and creating an environment that allows our members to feel good and work out comfortably. We are focused on providing our members with the best possible experience throughout their fitness journey. We are known for the care we provide our members and how we value each and every person that joins our club. With a member-centric approach, we utilize the input from our members to help in the selection of club improvements such as new equipment purchases and recognizing our members with our monthly member of the month contest. I want readers to know that when they join Train Station, they are more than a member and will be welcomed to the Train Station Family. Whether you are just starting your fitness journey or you are a regular fitness fanatic, we are here to help you grow and ready your fitness goals.

Before we let you go, we’ve got to ask if you have any advice for those who are just starting out?
I wouldn’t say that I have the secret key to success because I also feel as though I am just starting out. But one thing that I can say to those just starting out is to embrace change, get out of your comfort zone, and most of all remain resilient. I believe that it is important to always keep a learning attitude and stay dedicated to your dreams.

Pricing:

  • Memberships starting at $30 a month
  • Personal Training as low as $25 a session

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Image Credits
Noel Berumen Jesus Esquivel Deejha Blash Lopez

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