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FitNation settles into larger space in Clarence

Dwayne Brinson ran out of room at his former fitness facility on Main Street near Transit Road in Amherst – and it’s not because he’s 6-4 and about 250 pounds.

Brinson, a former Buffalo Athletic Club personal trainer, has moved FitNation – the gym he started after the BAC closed its coed clubs in early 2014 – into a new location at 6035 Transit Road, behind Buffalo Pharmacies in Clarence.

“We expanded so much in terms of clientele that we needed more space,” Brinson said.

His new center has more than doubled in size, contains more fitness and cardio equipment, and includes a TV and nutrition bar. The staff has grown to three personal trainers and two yoga instructors.

FitNation moved several weeks ago from the south to the north of a Transit Road corridor that includes more than 20 fitness centers, making the stretch between Main Street and North French Road at the Amherst/Clarence town line the most competitive exercise-wise in the region.

His fitness approach is straightforward.

“People like real training,” Brinson said. “We don’t dance around and hold long conversations. We’re very social with our clients but work with clients who really want to be pushed, who are looking for that extra level. When you come through this door, it’s not play time. It’s go time. They feel incredible afterward.”

The center focuses on a mix of weight training, fitness classes, plyometrics and calisthenics.

“I don’t care if you’re coming to me as an athlete or 70-year-old male,” Brinson said. “We’re going to focus on strong core, strong body.”

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