New Gym, Boozy Barbell Offers Traditional Services with a Relaxing Twist
Personal trainer Dan Hyatt (34) pitched the idea of a unique gym to bar owner Christian Pinard (35) over a beer. His idea: create a space to have fun and connect after workouts.
“We could have more gym space but we thought that it would be fun to have a members’ lounge where you relax after a workout and have a beer and play video games,” says Pinard, owner of Primary Social Club, The Dugout, The Patio Lounge, and Chatham Street Diner. “It is a quirky idea and I love it.”
With 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Pinard felt the project could work if the right people were involved, so he and Hyatt partnered with Keen Hernandez (26) and Robbie Ibrahim (28) to launch the idea. Hyatt’s dream of opening the Boozy Barbell was about to become a reality.
Two personal trainers run the majority of fitness classes, tend to the daily duties of the gym, and run the bar. Ibrahim, a graduate of the University of Windsor and owner of Flash Frame Events, assists with operations and training. Hernandez and Hyatt focus mainly on personal training. Hernandez has been in the fitness industry for nearly a decade; a graduate of the University of Windsor, he has managed personal training departments for large gyms. Hyatt has managed fitness clubs and teams in his 14 years as a personal trainer and is certified in several areas including senior wellness, fascial mobility, and pre-/post-natal fitness.
Along with group classes and personal training, members are encouraged to enjoy a meal, try a protein shake, or enjoy a drink from the bar (always post-workout). The Boozy Barbell also offers prepared meals and an in-house barbershop. Use of the lounge is available not just post-workout, but VIP members can rent the space for their own events for free, as well as access the bartender and related services for a small fee. The partners call it a ‘one-stop shop’.
As with other service-based businesses, The Boozy Barbell launch was hindered initially by supply chain issues and then by forced closures.
“COVID affected us badly. Initially, our opening was June 2021,” says Pinard. “Delays and shutdowns kept our doors closed until February 2022.”
The gym is now in full swing with a growing membership and a friendly and knowledgeable workout environment.
Hernandez adds, “Not to mention the energy that we have in our club is unmatched!”
The Boozy Barbell is located at 1320 Tecumseh Road East in Windsor. You can learn more about their services on their Facebook page.
Photos: Sanja Tabor