By Kyle Siegel
Sedalia resident and Brian’s Gym Owner/Operator Brian Spencer keeps himself very busy with the day to day operations at Brian’s Gym, but it is something that he enjoys very much.
Spencer was born in Sedalia and attended Applewood Christian Academy before moving on to State Fair Community College.
Brian was asked what it was like going to a school as small as Applewood.
“I think there were 12 people in the high school when I went.
“Our sophomore year, a couple of us elected to take our GED and start at SFCC,” Spencer said.
After attending SFCC, Spencer began nursing school in Columbia, Missouri in 2001.
“I got my LPN license. I went down to Springfield and worked in a children’s psych facility for a year, or something like that
Spencer stays very active and he was asked if he played any sports while growing up.
“I grew up doing martial arts. I would have played sports, but that was the only thing available,” he said.
“I did that until about 17. I got into bodybuilding at 19. I competed in that until I was 29,” Spencer added.
In 2004 Spencer made the decision to move back to Sedalia.
“I started looking to open a training studio, and so we started looking at availability of space, and looking at the aspect of sectionalyzing a gym instead of opening a full gym.
“It wasn’t as much of a financial investment right off the bat,” Spencer explained.
Over the years Brian’s Gym has grown by leaps and bounds and Brian thinks that a quality staff is a big reason for that, as well as a special person.
“My girlfriend has been my backbone. By bringing her in, with her past experience she helped establish personal pride amongst the staff. We take a lot of pride in our staff,” Spencer said.
With the success of Brian’s Gym, Spencer was asked how his duties have changed over the past couple of years.
“I do a lot more behind the scenes stuff now. I take care of bookkeeping and a lot of the day to day stuff.
“A couple of years ago I was trying to work shifts, do the books and managing,” Spencer explained.
Spencer was asked what is the next step for Brian’s Gym.
“The biggest thing we are trying to do now is build our programs. I teach a Brazilian jiu-jitsu class for kids and adults. We are just trying to provide programs for all different levels and age groups. Our programs are more focused on fitness,” Spencer said.
Spencer was asked if he has enjoyed running his business, and if it was more or less difficult that he thought it would be.
“Like anybody else, my biggest thing is I take pride in owning a business, but I am not prideful. It has been a growing process. I think the key to it is to when to stay the course and when to adapt,” he said.
When asked if he has time to enjoy any hobbies or activities, Spencer replied, “Unfortunately one of the bad habits I have is business is always in my mind. I would say my hobbies are Brazilian jiu-jitsu and working out. It is a big form of stress relief.”
Brian and his girlfriend are animal lovers as well, and their three pugs, boxer, parrot and several cats can keep them busy at home.