New training facility in Monroe focuses on youth athletes

A fitness business that opened Thursday in Monroe aims to boost the physical abilities of local athletes.

Strive Training’s 2,500-square-foot space at 415 Breaden Drive in Monroe offers speed, agility and strength training to athletes from elementary school through those in their 20s.

“The youngest we accept is third grade with the maximum being college age, though the vast majority of our athletes are fifth grade through seniors in high school,” said owner and trainer Kyle Bohannon, of Middletown. “Each session lasts on average one hour. Results begin to show within the first couple of weeks, but we ask athletes to commit to a minimum of three or six months as training to improve performance and health is a long-term endeavor.”

Bohannon said what sets Strive Training apart from other training centers is that it focuses solely on the young athlete.

“And while on the surface we train athletes to become faster, stronger and more agile, deep down the mission is greater,” Bohannon said. “My mission is to help young individuals learn how to be self-motivated hard-working leaders, as well as helping them develop an appreciation for physical fitness that will stick with them long after their athletic lives are over.”

Bohannon, Strive Training’s sole employee, operates the business from 3 to 8 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays.

He’s got ample background in the fitness world, training himself for 15 years and earning a bachelor’s of Exercise Science from Miami University, where he also interned with the strength and conditioning staff.

After graduating in 2010, Bohannon worked for another gym for several months before opening the training business in Woodlawn, then moving to West Chester Twp. in 2013.

“It’s a field that I’m passionate about,” Bohannon said. “I wanted to use speed, strength and agility training as an avenue to help develop the characters and bodies of young individuals so that when they grow up, they can be leaders in their lives and others.”

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