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ActiveBody Fitness intends to open a training center in part of the former Chase Bank, 500 Wisconsin Ave.

RACINE — A previously in-home-only physical fitness training company intends to open a Downtown location for its clients and others.

ActiveBody Fitness is co-owned by Brendon Bourdo, an I.T. manager, and Brandon Kutka, both of Racine. Kutka is a National Academy of Sports Medicine-certified corrective exercise specialist and the personal trainer.

Their chosen location for the training center, pending city approvals, is 2,200 square feet of space inside the first floor of the former Chase Bank, Downtown at 500 Wisconsin Ave.

It would include open floor space for training and exercise, an office, storage room, an individual changing room and an individual shower room.

As they were building their business, ActiveBody wrote in their conditional-use application, “Our plan had always been to get to a point where we could also open a training center, making it possible for people to come train with us or have a place to work out if they don’t have an ideal space of their own, or if they want to avoid the atmosphere of a typical gym.”

“We don’t use many of the various machines found in a typical gym,” the owners wrote in the application. What they do use includes a squat/bench press rig, dumbbells, kettlebells, free weights, barbells, resistance bands, ropes and medicine balls.

“We believe the basics provide a more effective way of training, instead of relying on strength machines,” the application states.

The space is outfitted with a sound system for music, and noise from that and workouts will be contained by soundproofed interior walls, the application states.

Most ActiveBody training is one on one. There will also be some small-group sessions with usually fewer than four people.

The partners also plan to offer a nontraining membership for people who want a place to work out.

The owners wrote that they also plan to offer educational seminars or workshops for the public, “often in partnership with other businesses.”

The business would be open 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday, 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays and closed Sunday, although they may schedule clients outside of those hours if their schedules require it.

Bourdo said they expect to open in about early December.

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Michael "Mick" Burke covers business and the Village of Sturtevant. He is the proud father of two daughters and owner of a fantastic, although rug-chewing, German shepherd dog.

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