A new training facility that caters to the needs of athletes and everyday fitness recently opened its first location in Scottsdale.
D1 Training opened to the public two weeks ago near the intersection of Scottsdale Road and East Joan de Arc Avenue. Owned by Scottsdale residents Mike and Kristen Baker, the 7,000-square-foot facility offers training for a wide variety of individual, including kids.
“Everyone in here works with coaches in a group class that will help guide you in the right direction to meet your fitness goals,” Kristen said. “Our coaches can tailor to a 7-year-old and then turn it up a notch in the afternoon with a professional athlete. We want to create a community for everyone to come in and enjoy themselves.”
Franchised by a slew of former and current professional athletes, including former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning and Denver Broncos Super Bowl MVP linebacker Von Miller, D1 has long been one of the premier training facilities in the Midwest and southeast part of the United States.
But when the Bakers saw an opportunity to franchise D1 and bring the concept to Arizona, it was one they couldn’t pass up.
“The D1 model itself is something we have always heard about,” Mike said. “The concept of an elite training facility regardless of what your athletic ability is, was appealing to both of us.”
A former collegiate soccer player at Lambuth University in Tennessee, Mike knows the importance of a good training regimen. Kristen, who graduated from South Alabama with a sports medicine degree, has also been deeply involved with fitness. Both have extensive backgrounds in medical and pharmaceutical sales. Mike focused his profession solely on D1 after nearly 20 years in the business. Kristen, meanwhile, has over 10 years of experience and continues to work in the industry.
Together, they brought a new level of fitness training to the Valley.
Every training session at D1 is done in a group setting, lasting roughly 54 minutes. Coached by one of the gym’s certified trainers, many of whom have achieved the highest level of certification for trainers, every workout highlights the five key elements athletic-based training: dynamic warm-up, performance, strength, core and conditioning and cool down.
The groups all vary by age. D1 caters to the “Rookie” (7-11), “Developmental” (12-14) and “Prep” (15-18). It also hosts boot camp and strength training groups for adults.
D1’s coaches have the ability to not only provide general fitness for patrons, but some are able to provide sport-specific activities that can benefit athletes of all ages in any sport. The gym has already catered to as many as 20 professional athletes from a variety of different sports seeking a viable training option during the coronavirus pandemic.
The facility itself is outfitted with several strength and cardio machines, as well as free weights, resistance bands and other equipment to fulfill a full body workout. There is also an area with artificial turf, allowing for cardio training that closely resembles the same surface most athletes train on during the season.
So far, feedback has been positive.
“The feedback has been extremely positive,” Mike said. “To have such a big brand and to see the names involved, along with the new facility, the turf and all the equipment, everyone is enjoying it. It’s been very overwhelming and encouraging to see what has happened so far.”
Both Mike and Kristen said they find joy in being able to bring a new level of training and fitness to Arizona, which as of late has become home to several up-and-coming athletes at all levels.
“Especially right now with everything that is happening, it’s fulfilling to be able to provide a place that can almost be seen as an outlet to continue focusing on the goal you’re trying to achieve,” Kristen said. “I just enjoy being able to provide that space for you no matter what level you may be at.”