A visit to AMC Theaters in Coon Rapids turned into a new business venture for a local couple.
“We were literally going to see a movie and we saw it was for lease,” said Casie Buckley, co-owner of DEVO Fitness.
The rest is history. Two weeks later they were signing papers on the open space near the movie theater.
DEVO Fitness opened its doors in July 2018. The owners, Blake and Casie Buckley, are personal trainers and actually met a decade ago while working together at another gym.
“To finally be doing this for myself is kind of a dream come true,” said Blake Buckley, co-owner of DEVO Fitness. “We get to work with our clients, we get to see everybody from start to finish on their fitness journeys.”
Blake Buckley is no stranger to Coon Rapids. He was born at Mercy Hospital and graduated from Coon Rapids High School in 2011. He’s even competed in fitness competitions at the national level. Now, he’s helping others fulfill their own dreams in his hometown.
“At the beginning of the workout they love me, during the workout they hate me, but by the time they leave, they love me again,” Blake Buckley said.
The COVID-19 pandemic took its toll on the business but members rallied together and donated their dues to help the gym stay afloat.
“DEVO stands for devoted and so they are devoted to us and we are very much devoted to them too,” Casie Buckley said.
The owners say business is stronger than ever and they recently hired two more personal trainers. The Buckleys expect a busy start to 2022 as people begin to tackle those New Year’s resolutions.
“We want to see people break out of the norm of every spring, fall and New Year’s, hopping onto the fad diet where they try, fail and try again,” Blake Buckley said. “We want to show them how to do this so they can make a lifestyle out of fitness.”
“Set realistic goals too,” Casie Buckley said. “The little wins are what’s going to get you to the big win.”
- Location: 455 99th Ave.
- Cardio equipment, weights, personal training and 3D body scanning.
- Members have 24/7 secured access to the gym.