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Glam gym with a mission: Trainerspace opens in Boca Raton

Discipline, loyalty — and service. This is the mission of Trainerspace, a gym with a twist that just opened in Boca Raton.

Cary Reichbach, Logan Shees and Chris Brown are the forces behind the gym, formerly a printing warehouse that is now a $4 million wonderland of gleaming exercise equipment and rows of free weights. The gym is at at 990 S. Rogers Circle, off of Congress Avenue.

Unlike standard gyms, this one has a catch: Trainerspace requires a relationship between a personal trainer and a client to use the space.

Clients who don’t have a personal trainer can use one employed by Trainerspace; clients who do have a trainer can use the space with their trainer alongside them. There are no membership fees, just the fee paid to the in-house personal trainer, or the fee paid by a client’s own personal trainer for the workout time. Fees are $95 to $110 per training session but are discounted if purchased in volume.

The Trainerspace mission is threefold.

The first is making exercise more effective for clients. Skees, the gym’s training director, said personal training is the way. “It’s going to keep you more accountable and motivated, too,” added Reichbach, co-owner and professional trainer.

The second goal is looking out for other personal trainers.

Reichbach said some large gym companies pay their personal trainers poor wages, despite raking in big money from a large membership base. For independent personal trainers, finding a gym that allows them to work with clients is difficult.

But Trainerspace not only welcomes personal trainers, it rolls out the red carpet for them. There’s a large hi-tech lounge, full kitchen — even sleep pods for trainers to rest or just unwind.

Reichbach and Skees’ background in the U.S. military (Reichbach was in the Army; Skees, the Marines) offer hints to their approach to gym management. There’s the white-glove cleanliness of the equipment, and the sign outside their office: TOC, or tactical operations center.

But don’t expect a boot-camp look here. The men have created a space appealing to the luxury Boca Raton community they hope to serve.

The 20,000-square-foot gym is visually stunning. In the locker rooms, neon lights surround mirrors and line lockers, creating an upbeat vibe more in keeping with a nightclub than a gym.

The gym itself has no televisions, so no distractions take away from the business of working out.

But Trainerspace isn’t about work. It’s about play, and the focus is on making fitness fun for adults of all ages, Reichbach said.

“We took a cue from children,” Reichbach said. “When you see them at a park running around, it’s not because they’re exercising. It’s because they’re having fun. That’s what we’ve created here.”

The third part of the mission is personal. It’s loyalty to military veterans.

Trainerspace seeks to hire and train other veterans who have come back from service and find themselves without a plan. For people who chose to serve their country, serving people in the community is a natural fit.

“We’ve all served in some capacity, and we want to serve again,” Reichbach said.

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