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Imagine a Better St. Louis: Gym owner gives individuals hope, help reaching potential

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BKM Fitness Bootcamp is helping people get in shape. Credit: KMOV BKM Fitness Bootcamp is helping people get in shape. Credit: KMOV

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – A local gym owner believes imagining a better St. Louis begins with helping individuals reach their potential.

More than 60 percent of people in the St. Louis area are overweight, so obese that their weight now threatens their own life.

“Don’t give up, just give us the opportunity to help save your life,” said Briant Mitchell, owner of BKM Fitness Bootcamp. “We do it one pound at a time.”

Inside BKM Fitness Bootcamp people are doing more than just working up a sweat, they are making life changes.

Makiba Woods has lost 105 pounds in one year and is one of the many faces in the “100 plus club.”

“Everyone in the classroom has a story behind their weight loss,” Woods, a registered nurse, said. “Whether it is 5 pounds to 135 pounds there is a story about how they lost it, how they are keeping it off.”

Woods credits her success to Mitchell.

“Briant is able to look at you and see your potential where you can’t see it,” said Woods.

Mitchell’s gym on South Florissant Road is located at the center of where the civil unrest took place following Michael Brown’s death in 2014.

“Our building was vandalized twice,” Mitchell said. “Boarded up, and an hour later I taught class with 155 people.”

Mitchell’s gym is also a place where many people sought healing during the unrest.

“The night of the verdict I had three classes,” he said. “I didn’t tell my people to come out, they wanted to come out, they were not afraid. This is their community, they need to feel good about themselves.”

Mitchell’s mission is to change lives, which happens daily.

“I truly believe this is what God has called me to do, to make a difference in somebody’s life one pound at a time,” Mitchell said.

Click here to learn more about BKM Fitness Bootcamp.

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