Workout center moves into old Blomberg site

Jamie and Tyrone Minor. Photo by Val Cunningham

Jamie and Tyrone Minor. Photo by Val Cunningham

If you didn’t know it was there, you might not have noticed the F.I.T. Lab tucked away near the intersection of Como and Snelling avenues.

That’s not a problem anymore, because owner Tyrone Minor has moved his workout center into the storefront that formerly housed the Blomberg Pharmacy in Falcon Heights.

“We wanted to stay in the Como area, because there’s a real family atmosphere,” said Minor of the new location at 1583 N. Hamline Ave., just north of Hoyt Avenue. “And here we’ve got the room we need and tremendous street visibility.


“People have been stopping in to ask what’s going on,” he said, adding the neighbors have been very friendly,” he added.

Minor, a former track star and Olympic aspirant, has been a physical-education instructor for 20 years and a personal trainer for almost as long.

He explains that F.I.T. is an acronym for fitness, innovation and transformation.

“Our clients run the entire gamut in terms of age and what they’re looking for,” he says. “Some people are looking to complement the training they’re already doing, others may have been thinking about getting into shape and say, ‘Now that you’re in my backyard, I’m going to give it a shot.’ ”

The F.I.T. Lab has eight trainers on staff, one of whom is Minor’s wife, Jamie, a certified yoga instructor. The plan is to eventually offer memberships so that clients can conduct their own workouts.

The official grand opening of the F.I.T. Lab will be from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. It will be an opportunity to check out the facility, meet the trainers and take advantage of special offers on classes.

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