Gym Guyz Michael Hjalte and Mike Cronin bring gym to you

Young guns start door-to-door gym service in Bay Ridge

Here to pump — you up: Trainer Mike Cronin and Gym Guyz franchise owner Michael Hjalte are ready to whip Bay Ridge into shape.
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They’re here to pump — you up!

Two brawny young Brooklynites want to bring the gym to your front door. The service — called “Gym Guyz” — sends trainers and a truck full of workout gear to clients’ homes in Bay Ridge.

The neighborhood — home to a veterans hospital, countless seniors, and a dearth of parking — is a gold mine for a door-to-door workout service, the business owner said.

“Bay Ridge is a great location for us,” said 21-year-old franchisee and Marine Park resident Michael Hjalte. “Parking can be very tough, so not everyone wants to look for a spot when they come home from the gym.”

The former St. Edmund Prep baseball player was looking to start a business, and purchasing an on-the-go gym franchise came with no heavy lifting, he said.

“Gym Guyz kind of just fell into our laps — my mom overheard her chiropractor talking about it at his office,” Hjalte said.

But Hjalte needed a second trainer, so he hired a friend that he met slamming weights at the Harbor Fitness in Marine Park, and now the two 20-somethings are pumped to hit the streets — even if the idea of running a business at such a tender age is a bit daunting.

“I’m really excited,” said 22-year-old trainer Mike Cronin. “I know they’re taking a little bit of a risk. I’m definitely young, but I’m certified, and I really like the concept.”

About one-quarter of the neighborhood’s population is over the age of 65, and the pair of iron pumpers are preparing for that reality by getting certified for “corrective exercise.”

“We’re trying to work in and for community,” Cronin said. “Corrective exercise really highlights on people who have had past surgeries or injuries. And in my experience with the elderly population, somewhere along the line, they’ve hurt themselves — or have arthritis.”

The pair will make individualized workout plans for each client and meet them wherever is convenient — work, home, or in the park, Hjalte said.

They’ll use a van to get to clients, but at the end of the day, they’ll still have to carry equipment in and out of peoples’ homes — but that prospect doesn’t bother either instructor.

“We’re young — it’s not like we’re bringing 100-pound dumb bells,” Hjalte said.

They plan to launch by June.

Reach reporter Max Jaeger at or by calling (718) 260–8303. Follow him on Twitter @JustTheMax.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Quarter Pounda from Cheese says:
Chances are if you're too lazy to go to the gym, you'll be too lazy to work out even at home. However having them go to senior homes and/or senior day care centers isn't a bad idea.
May 26, 2015, 7:55 am
JS from Williamsburg says:
This is a great idea. How much will they charge?
May 26, 2015, 9:22 am
MJ from Bay Ridge says:
look, the pictures on the van matches the real persons.
May 26, 2015, 12:10 pm
ty from pps says:
Is this a paid advertisement?
May 26, 2015, 1:42 pm
RF from Brooklyn says:
In answer to QP - Sometimes you are not lazy at all, you just aren't able to get out to work out. This is a wonderful opportunity for everyone, regardless of age or ability, to participate in an individualized exercise program. Good luck Gym Guyz, Mike and Michael. Keep Brooklyn healthy, one workout at a time.
May 27, 2015, 12:11 am
RS from Bay Ridge says:
Well said RF! It is about convenience for those not able to get to the gym. Good luck Mike and Michael...
May 27, 2015, 6:45 am
Catherine from Brooklyn, NY says:
Great Concept. Its refreshing to see two young men, embarking on a beneficial plan, to not only keep the
population in this area fit and healthy, but also to gear their business towards seniors with disabilities. Fantastic idea. Best of Luck Gym Guz, Michael/Mike

May 27, 2015, 7:18 am
Ted from Gymland says:
Do those guys even work out?!
May 27, 2015, 10 am

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