When Hollywood stars need to get in shape or want the ultimate in high end home gym design, Jim Ryno is their man. This celebrity trainer started out designing bodies, but now designs gyms and everything in them. His creations are the latest must-have in luxury home fitness for anyone with money (and calories) to burn.
Fresh out of college, Jim began his career as a personal trainer and quickly became one of Hollywood's go to guys for the rich and famous. During that time, Jim noticed that while the rich and famous spent countless fortunes building out the rest of their house, their personal gyms remained comparatively sparse. Clearly this was not by design, but rather there was a gap in the market because for many architects or interior designers the home gym is not a point of interest for them.
After helping several of his own clients refine their personal gyms and after building his own high end luxury personal training studios in NYC and Northern New Jersey he decided to pursue this further. Starting out part-time with smaller projects locally allowed Jim to refine his technical knowledge of manufacturing of fitness equipment, fabric, flooring, lighting and colors. He then broadened his understanding and expertise by teaming up with companies and artisans around the world to create custom high end home gyms that people want to spend time in. This led to Jim getting word of mouth clients that simply led to a higher-end clientele.
In 2009 Jim decided to pursue this as as full-time venture and founded LIFT Gym Design. He is currently working on several projects around the world and continues to contribute (as a writer) to several national and international fitness and lifestyle magazines.