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Fitness trainers want to teach you how to move

August 24, 2018 GMT

The Gain Train doesn’t need machines, because your body is the machine.

That’s the philosophy of Beatriz Escobedo-Bethel and Ian Bethel, who opened their gym, The Gain Train, in November 2017 in a former ropa usada warehouse at 254 W. Levee St. Unlike mega-gyms packed with machines designed to develop specific muscles, The Gain Train relies on essentials — barbells, rowers, rings and the like — and focuses mainly on what they call “functional fitness.”

It’s all about how to move properly, without hurting yourself, whether it’s weightlifting or merely stowing a heavy box on an overhead shelf.

“It’s like 1-on-1 training but in a class setting, so you have that access to a trainer who is experienced and they are knowledgeable in how you’re supposed to be moving, in particular functional exercises,” Ian said.

“So like sitting down, standing up. That would be a squat. Or picking something up off the floor. That would be a dead lift. Or pushing a cart — everything that’s functional. Everything that we do in everyday life.”


The goal isn’t necessarily to develop a killer physique but rather to be and feel fit, and live a better life as a result, he said. Nutrition also plays a key role in the training.

“Essentially, our goal is to help people achieve longevity,” Ian said.

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The Gain Train

254 W. Levee St.

(956) 203-8865