- Associated Press - Monday, January 23, 2017

DEWITT, Mich. (AP) - Andre Hutson stood on a balcony inside his new gym, looking out over a large concrete room that will be transformed into an elite athletic training center.

The room is 43 yards long. One side of it will be covered in turf, the other in rubber mats. He envisions sports teams and individuals from around the region coming here to undergo training regimens similar to what Hutson experienced during his days as Michigan State University basketball player.

“We welcome all walks of life,” said Hutson, a member of MSU’s championship basketball team in 2000. “We will see college athletes train here as well as professionals.”

The gym has another room for those who want a more conventional workout with cardio machines and free weights.

Conquest Fitness opened at 13575 S. Airport Road on Dec. 26. The 26,000-square-foot gym is intended to be an all-in-one fitness center and sports clinic for athletes as well as the average Joe.

Hutson partnered with former B Strong Fitness owners Pat Quain and David Mollitor as well as developer Scott Gillespie to open the gym, a $3.5 million project.

Conquest offers the standard workout equipment and classes seen at most gyms, but it also plans to open the training facility next month and a physical therapy section in the spring, the Lansing State Journal (https://on.lsj.com/2jBQVzt ) reported.

The training facility will be operated by Velocity Sports Performance, which will develop the programming, modeled after collegiate sports workouts, for athletes as young as 8 years old. Athletes will practice different techniques, improving their strength and speed, which can be translated into whichever sport they play. The facility will have programming for adults as well.

Other amenities include steam rooms in the locker rooms and a smoothie bar.

One of the slogans of the gym is “sports ready, life ready,” Mollitor said. It’s a place where adults can stay fit and where athletes can train to go pro, he added.

Gillespie views his partners as a team that runs the gym, with each of them bringing a specific skill set to the table.

“We’re doing something different with this fitness facility,” he said. “It’s a great fit for the area.”

This is Conquest’s second location. Hutson opened one in 2012 in Bath Township at 15500 Chandler Road. Hutson was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks in 2001, but played in Europe from 2002 to 2010 on teams in Italy, Russia and Greece. He returned to the Lansing area in 2010.

Quain and Mollitor rebranded the Powerhouse gym off Old U.S. 27 in DeWitt as B Strong Fitness in 2011, but closed that gym last month to consolidate with Conquest.


Information from: Lansing State Journal, https://www.lansingstatejournal.com

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