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New Gym Aims to Shape Bodies, Culture

How Kirkwood's independently owned PEAK Physique is determined to bring one-on-one relationships back to the gym.

Three bodybuilders have chosen Kirkwood to launch a gym that they are confident will stand apart from other St. Louis fitness facilities.

PEAK Physique opened Dec. 15 at the prime Downtown Kirkwood location of 200 S. Kirkwood Rd, but buzz about the facility preceded its unveiling. The gym sold more than 100 memberships before opening and has already accrued 520 facebook fans.

The independetnly owned gym is the brainchild of co-owners, business partners and bodybuilders Jamie Speiser, Damien Belgeri and Kenny Reilly.

Speiser says one of the key philosophies behind PEAK Physique is to bring back a personal relationship with clients, which he believes has been lost with the expansion of corporate gyms over the years.

“Our goal is to get back to where employees know customers on a first name basis,” Speiser said. “We offer the size of a corporate gym but get back to a personal touch that I don’t feel is in a lot of the gyms anymore.”

PEAK Physique also hopes to foster relationships between clients.

“We want members to get to know other members,” Speiser said. “I met some of my best friends over 15 years ago in the gym. … Being a part of a gym is a group thing, and I think that’s been taken away with the corporate gym atmosphere.”

Why Kirkwood?

There’s no better community to kick off PEAK Physique’s intimate approach to training than in Kirkwood, according to Speiser.

“(Kirkwood) is a very active community and a tight nit community where local residents support local businesses. There’s just a lot of activity, a lot of runners, triathletes and people into fitness and staying healthy,” Speiser said, noting longstanding health traditions and institutions like the and .

Speiser, Belgeri and Reilly intend for the new Kirkwood gym to be the first of more PEAK Physiques in St. Louis. The trio hopes to open five to 10 more gyms in the St. Louis area during the next five years.

PEAK Physique in Kirkwood is open Monday through Saturday, 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., and on Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

See Part 2 of our profile on PEAK Physique: A Closer 'PEAK' Inside Kirkwood's Newest Gym

Madison May 07, 2012 at 12:22 PM
The gym sucks! They are in a feud with the residents above them and rightfully so. The people who live their have a right to be upset that a gym was allowed to move in and disturb the peace. Shame on Kirkwood for allowing a business to open below a residential building especially at 5am. I will not join this gym out of respect to the poor owners who live above. Find another location and maybe I'll reconsider.
Kwood Resident June 18, 2012 at 02:41 AM
I joined this gym several months ago & can assure you that the owners are not in a feud with residents that live in the lofts above the business. They are committed to providing a healthy & friendly gym for people at all fitness levels to achieve their goals. I believe their are a select group of resident(s) that live above business properties on the street level and next to railroad tracks that do not like the gym but I have not witnessed excessive noise as a member. The residents that complain also knew the location was in the middle of a business district. So I encourage anyone interested in the gym to meet the owners and try out the facility.
Jim August 07, 2012 at 06:55 AM
Wow! I believe the comment above was left by the owner of the gym. That would be biggest "meathead" in the world Jamie Speiser. You are oblivious that your own gym is on the verge of going out of business. More and more people are leaving this gym by the day. Other facilities offer way more equipment and activities for their members not to mention cost a third less than this overpriced concrete box. Face the facts Speiser your gym is on the way out just like your physique... it ain't that peak!
Charles September 15, 2012 at 05:36 AM
Speiser is a worthless scumbag
Charles September 15, 2012 at 05:37 AM
Jim is hilarious lol
Barry October 23, 2012 at 04:19 AM
I agree Jim is a funny guy but speaks the truth. That gym should have never been allowed to open below a residential building. It was never zoned or soundproofed for such a business. Speiser lost both of his business partners and is being funded solely by his wealthy parents. What a d-bag! Grow up and bail yourself out of lives little troubles Jamie-which is a girls name by the way.
john preacher December 12, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Jim and Barry you have your facts wrong... kenny Reilly is the sole owner of Peak Physique now and the one with the wealthy Parents.. SO Barry and Jim... get your facts straight when you are speaking of an individual.
john preacher December 12, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Jim and Barry all you had to do is look at peakgymstl.com and look at the owners page and guess what all you see is Kenny Reilly.. Speiser gave up his shares in June and moved on and so it Belgeri. Seems like you guys are miss informed or at least I hope that is why you are making yourselfs look foolish.

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