CLIFFSIDE PARK, N.J. – Cliffside Park native Manny Gotay has long had a passion for fitness.
“I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t working out,” the U.S. Army veteran told Daily Voice.
Gotay spent his spare time in the Army acting as a personal trainer. He left the military for the corporate world, continued to work out, and held onto a dream to explore fitness as a career.
Twenty years later, he is making it happen.
Gotay, who owns homes in both Maywood and New Milford, is opening a GYMGUYZ personal training franchise in October.
GYMGUYZ currently has one Bergen County franchise operating out of Fort Lee and Edgewater.
“I enjoyed my corporate environment and the skill sets it provided me, but I just felt like it was time to follow my dream,” he said.
He’ll drive a vehicle packed with about 350 pieces of workout equipment anywhere clients want to exercise, such as homes, parks, offices and schools, he said.
Gotay said the mobile personal training business is a smart concept, because “there are a good handful of people that don’t necessarily like the gym environment.”
While he was researching ideas for getting back into the personal training business, he joined at least five gyms which led him to decide on GYMGUYZ. “During my research I found that the expenses of having a building, a lease, and all the overhead that came along with it was not something I really wanted to commit to.”
Gotay plans to officially open his mobile gym business to clients in mid-October.
He will serve clients in the Western Bergen County towns of Fair Lawn, Saddle Brook, Elmwood Park, Maywood, Ramsey, Mahwah, Allendale, Oakland, Franklin Lakes, Wyckoff, Montvale, Washington Township, Saddle River, Ho-Ho-Kus, Waldwick, Woodcliff Lake, Park Ridge, Midland Park, Ridgewood and Glen Rock. He will also serve clients in Hawthorne, Haledon and North Haledon.
For more information, email Gotay at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.gymguyz.com .
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