Robbinsdale’s Lions Gym Blends in Alternative Medicines
Lions Gym has been in downtown Robbinsdale for almost eight years. Dr. Stephen and Leah Menya offer a unique approach to wellness that includes much more than just fitness.
“We want to see people from all across the spectrum and make them feel welcome,” says Leah Menya. “That’s Stephen’s and my purpose, to make people feel welcome in an environment where they are trying to get fit and healthy.”
Many gyms, like Lions Gym, are offering more self-care services that go beyond fitness. You can receive chiropractic care, massage, acupuncture, and more at the gym and services are available to anyone, not just members who use the fitness equipment.
The Menyas had a background in exercise and personal training, but in 2014 Stephen finished his training to become a chiropractor and started offering the service as well.
“Diabetes is on the rise. Heart disease is on the rise and low back pain are on the rise,” says Dr. Menya. “I think people are finally finding out that the solution, even in Robbinsdale, is not just medication but the physical aspect of it. You have to mechanically change a few things in your life, including the food you eat.”
Picking the Lion as motivation
Using the lion in the title of the gym was very intentional. Dr. Menya says it’s a reflection of his Christian faith as well as a symbol that hearkens back to his Kenyan heritage.
“It is an analogy to use to invigorate people,” says Dr Menya. “A lion is a representative of strength. Everyone has that strength, but it needs to be brought out and the lion can do that for them.”
Of course, if a person wants to come to Lions Gym for the workouts, they will find no shortage of options. The 13,000 square foot space offers everything from standard weights and treadmills to TRX bands and kettlebells.
“We are not your average small gym,” says Leah Menya. “We have a wide assortment of equipment.”