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Local Business Tries to Find Niche

A new local gym is trying to cater to a specific group of clients, athletes.

O.B. Training is a gym that will be trying to make it as a small business here in Utica, to do that they have to find a need in the community to fill.

For them, they said that’s the training of athletes.

"I don’t think there’s many places in the area that’s specifically built to train athletes.  I think a lot of your places are in bigger cities like Syracuse or Albany," said gym owner Ryan Obernesser.

Simon Eisenbach is a former college soccer player that says growing up without an athlete specific gym was difficult.

"It would have allowed me to excel in sports at a younger age," said Eisenbach.

The athletes that plan on working at the gym say that pushing the sled, flipping tires like that, or suspension training is a better workout than their normal gym.

"The difference in equipment is more so that you're using more of your body for each exercise," said Eisenbach.

The creator of the gym said that’s by design.

He also said he hopes that the idea of athlete specific training becomes more popular for the sake of his business.

In the meantime he said he hopes his gym fills the need in the community that he sees.

"It's not like your typical big gym, we have turf field in here. A lot of things that athletes specifically need," said Obernesser.

With the increase in jobs in the area from projects like the nano tech park the hope by many is that will mean more money for the local economy, which could mean more small business opportunities.

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