New fitness concept opening first Dayton-area location

Burn Boot Camp will open in Centerville in the last half of September. CONTRIBUTED
Burn Boot Camp will open in Centerville in the last half of September. CONTRIBUTED

A new-to-Dayton fitness craze is launching its first area gym soon, its owner told the Dayton Daily News.

Burn Boot Camp, a gym that focuses on group sessions is expected to open sometime in the last half of September at 1547 Lyons Road in Centerville, said Teryl Greist, the gym’s owner. Greist has other locations in Mason, Cincinnati and Lexington, Kentucky.

Customers of Burn Boot Camp sign up for long-term membership lasting usually 6, 12 or 18 months, Greist said. In the beginning, the clients will meet with the fitness center’s trainer to discuss fitness and nutrition goals. They can also take weight, body fat and inch measurements with the trainer or talk about their progress every three weeks.

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“We actually really care when people don’t show up. Our head trainers, if they haven’t seen someone in a week, they’re going to call you,” Greist said.

Customers can pick from several sessions a day, begginning at 5 a.m. and the last daily session beginning at 6:30 p.m. The protocol is posted at the start of each week online and each workout lasts 45 minutes on the more than 2,000 square-foot workout floor.

Workouts are always trainer led, including heavy lifting and cardio using bodyweight, dumbells, pull-up rigs, kettlebells and ropes, but there’s no other equipment, treadmills or five pound weights, Greist said.

“Burn is more like a community,” she said. “Burn has changed my life, just walking into a gym that’s 100 percent no judgement and everyone is high fiving and encouraging you.”

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The program used to be more geared toward women, but now there are several times a day when men are able to attend the sessions. Free childcare is available during some of the sessions.

Burn Boot Camp Centerville is offering the first 30 days free to customers who sign up early, but Greist said she expects the slots to run out within the next week.

Permanent pricing won’t be set by Burn Boot Camp headquarters until after the gym opens, but it will be comparable to other gyms in the area, Greist said.

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