November 2019 – Business of the Month:
Blaze Sports Performance
1235 Camp Hollow Road
The West Mifflin Economic Development Board is happy to announce the West Mifflin Business of Month for November has been awarded to Blaze Sports Performance located at 1235 Camp Hollow Road!
According to Blaze’s nominator, “This local company is committed to helping a variety of client meets their physical fitness goals. They focus on being effective in helping their clients achieve their goals.
Business of the Month Asked & Answered:
Please give a brief history of your business including why you decided to open in West Mifflin.
I originally started at Galaxy Fitness in Irwin as the head of the Parisi Speed school until they closed the doors in February of 2016. Jill & Joe Visnesky (owners of the Homer Warehouse) helped to get Blaze Sports Performance started in March of 2016. They had an unused area right next to the Homer Warehouse that would allow me to open and run my own sports performance facility. I was connected with them as I trained their son, Ben Visnesky (current pitcher for Gannon University) at Galaxy Fitness before they closed down. Being located in West Mifflin allows me to continue to work with their son as well as get the opportunity to work with athletes from all around the surrounding area and help those closest to me. West Mifflin was an ideal location as I am a Mon Valley native. I grew up in Munhall, and was excited to be closer to home. Being from the area allows me to really connect with our clients and to help better serve them. Being located next to the Homer Warehouse works well as teams that practice & train there over the winter can also develop their speed & strength all in the same building. It is an ideal situation to be able to give kids an opportunity to develop their game and have access to something they may not normally be used to or have access to.
Anything new going on or special promotions you are currently offering?
Speed classes offered Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday at 5 & 6pm
$100 a month for ages 12+ @6pm
$80 a month for ages 8-12 @5pm
Team training @ $10 an athlete per session
Individual training @ $25 a session
Bootcamp/small group training @ $100 a month
What’s your favorite part of running your business?
My favorite part would be being able to have an impact on each and every person’s life as they come and train at the facility. Whether it is a young child learning the basics of running, a high school athlete looking to take their game to a new level and earn a scholarship, or an everyday person looking to lose weight, tone up, and gain self-confidence. Each and every person brings something new and I learn from each and every person. To see them from when they began to where they are now, I can confidently say each person improves in some way or another. To see the difference, they make whether it small change or big makes all the difference.
Tell us something we might not know about your business.
We have something for everyone; from youth training to adult. We have the answer for you. We have speed classes for the youth, individual programs for the advanced athletes, adult fitness, bootcamp, group fitness classes & more.
In addition to the training offered by me (Nate Blazevich) we have two stellar trainers who do an amazing job providing individualized training to help meet your needs.
For adult fitness we have Angie Ruggieri who offers Bootcamp, group fitness, & personal training. She is the Owner of BestU Training, you can reach her at 412-414-0506 or email [email protected] for all your training needs.
For speed & agility, footwork, and sport specific/skill specific training we have Tayvon Jenkins who offers individual & group training for athletes of all ages. He can be reached at 412-758-2928 or on instagram @I_think_freely
In just a short amount of time (3.5 years) we have been fortunate to have worked with 60+ college athletes, including a couple of professional athletes (Branden Jackson/Seattle Seahawks, Terrish Webb/Pittsburgh Steelers, TJ Neal/Sioux Falls Storm, & Richard Ellebie/Miskolc Steelers). In addition we have trained numerous teams including high school, rec, & travel organizations including Peters Township high school, West Mifflin, Steel Valley, Clairton, South Park, Thomas Jefferson, Renegades softball, Riot softball, Titans baseball, Hazelwood Gators softball, Garfield Gators, BWAA, & more. It’s never too late to join and be the best you.