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Former teammates open Avon Lake fitness center


Rob Swindell

The Chronicle-Telegram

AVON LAKE — Former Elyria Catholic High School teammates Corbin Schlather and Dane Truchon have reunited to open Avon Lake Tru-Cor Fitness.

Schlather and Truchon opened the business Jan. 2 at a new site in a 5,000-square-foot Avon Lake building three years after starting their personal training business in 2011. They found their different educational paths complemented each other at a chance meeting at Urban Active.

“I majored in exercise science, exercise physiology and I was interested in injury prevention,” Schlather said. “I started training at Urban Active; that was my first job. We played basketball together in high school. He was working out and I was training, got back in touch.”

Truchon asked if there were any positions available and the more they talked, they decided to do something together.

“I was a sport administration major with a minor in business at Kent State. I wanted to get into professional team sales and marketing,” Truchon said. “I loved working out and it became more than a hobby for me, and I always liked helping people.

“Personal training was the right fit for me. We decided we wanted to go into business together.”

Schlather and Truchon said the three years in a small Westlake studio was good experience, but a storefront always was their goal.

“We were ready to expand. This fell into our lap,” Truchon said. “We fell in love with this place. The town center is spectacular.”

“This was the right place at the right time — the previous owner had been around for a long time,” Schlather said.

Offering personal training, group training and fitness classes, the owners said the difference in their gym is the atmosphere and personal attention.

“We have members asking us how to eat better, what they can do to enhance my workout, and we’re able to answer these questions,” Schlather said.

Tru-Cor Fitness offers regular, senior and family memberships with no start-up fees. Memberships are month-to-month. It also offers three-, six- and 12-month memberships with discounted rates if paid up front.

Differing from other gyms, personal training includes a gym membership.

Schlather and Truchon said the biggest change has been including electronic memberships and installing card swipes to aid members and in record-keeping.

“The community has been very accepting of us. We were a little nervous, but they have accepted us with open arms,” Truchon said.

Future plans include updates to the gym, offering nutrition-based programming and working more with high school athletes.

Contact Rob Swindell at 329-7155 or

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