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D1 Orlando – Sports Training

by Jill Cousins

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If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to train like a professional or Division 1 college athlete, look no further than D1 Orlando – Sports Training in Lake Mary. This is where athletes of all ages and all ability levels can train like a pro and challenge themselves to reach all of their fitness and athletic goals.

The massive, 18,000-square-foot converted warehouse, located in the Northpoint business complex off Lake Emma Road, opened its doors last spring. Since then, it has been bustling with activity as D1’s expert trainers work hard to help their clients reach peak levels of athletic performance and personal fitness.

“Our trainers are truly dedicated to helping you meet your goals,” says James Brown, general manager at D1 Orlando. “That’s what sets us apart. They know, from start to finish, what it takes to be a champion, to be a winner, to be successful.”

D1 Sports Training is the brainchild of Will Bartholomew, a college football teammate of former NFL star quarterback Peyton Manning. Will wanted to open a fitness center for both the serious athlete and those who wanted to train like one. The first D1 gym opened in 2003, and there are now more than 30 throughout the country. All are owned by current or former professional athletes, including football player Tim Tebow, baseball player Chipper Jones, and basketball player Carmelo Anthony. Peyton Manning owns three of the gyms. Former NFL defensive lineman, and Alaqua Lakes resident, Barry Cofield owns D1 Orlando.

In addition to personal training, D1 Orlando offers classes specifically geared toward young athletes, ages 6 to 18, as well as adult boot camps and strength classes. The facility also has special Prep Athlete classes for teens preparing to get to the next level, whether in high school or college. There is even a physical therapy area for athletes going through rehabilitation.

“This is the best thing we do as a family,” says Lake Mary resident Misty Stokes, who works out almost every day at D1 along with her husband Kevin and sons Tyler (15) and Colin (13). “These trainers are awesome. I can’t even tell you how much I love them. They’re all athletes, and the kids really look up to them.”

“D1 gives the people in this community an opportunity to do something different,” James adds. “Like our tagline says, this truly is ‘The Place for the Athlete,’ even if you’ve never played a sport.”

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