Brian Lynce wants his clients to understand they don’t have to be bodybuilders to reap the benefits of regular exercise.
Lynce owns Breaking Chains Fitness, a personal training business located at 6690 Swint Combs Road in Harlem. He offers individual and small-group training, as well as high-intensity interval training classes, in a building located just outside of his home. Lynce celebrated its soft opening in Oct. 2022 and plans to hold the grand opening at the end of May.
“I’m certified in personal training and corrective exercise,” he said.
Corrective exercise is used to help clients overcome limitations, such as joint pain, that prevent them from performing proper movements during their workouts. Before Lynce became certified, he trained friends in his garage for fun for about six years.
Unlike big box gyms, Lynce offers personal training services as early as 5 a.m. and as late as 6:30 p.m. He also offers five-session and 10-session training packages, not long-term contracts that are nearly impossible to cancel. Each client receives one free workout.
Lynce is also a Christian who prays with his clients, but he doesn’t force his religious beliefs on them.
So far, he has eight clients, but by next week, he will have a total of 10. Some train with him once a week, while others come five days a week. Lynce’s workouts, which incorporate both strength training and cardiovascular exercises, are tailored to each client’s specific fitness goals.
But he said having a healthy diet is essential to achieving those goals. Unlike other personal trainers, Lynce doesn’t create meal plans for his clients because he isn’t a certified nutritionist.
“I’m here to help people; I don’t want to hurt them,” Lynce said.
Prior to launching Breaking Chains, he was a residential paint contractor for 26 years but decided it was time for a career change.
“If you’re not doing what you love, you’re not doing God’s will,” Lynce said.
He opened the business to share his passion for fitness with others. Lynce exercises several times a week and even competes in Spartan Races, which not only incorporate running but also various obstacles along the way.
“I’m 46 years old and I’m in the best shape of my life,” he said. “I’ve been told I work out too much, but it’s what I do for a living.”
Lynce wants his clients to realize they’re capable of accomplishing much more than they think they can.
“People just need to be pushed,” he said.
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