Down to Business: Peppers Steppin’ Lifestyle Fitness on a mission for health

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Kyuan T. Peppers shows a client the proper form for squatting during a one-on-one session at his fitness center. Christopher Long | Times Christopher Long Peppers Steppin’ Lifestyle Fitness, a new personal training gym near Big Lots, is looking to change lives one step at a time with its personal […]

Kyuan T. Peppers shows a client the proper form for squatting during a one-on-one session at his fitness center. Christopher Long | Times
Christopher Long

Peppers Steppin’ Lifestyle Fitness, a new personal training gym near Big Lots, is looking to change lives one step at a time with its personal fitness regime.

Founder Kyuan T. Peppers found a passion for creating healthy lifestyles after losing his mother to complications from lupus. Since then, Peppers has made it his personal mission to motivate as many people as possible with the passion to get better physically every single day.

“I’ve been doing this now for about 4 ½ years,” Peppers said. “I started this in early 2019. I started off at the Planet Fitness here doing a little bit of stuff there. Then I went over here to Victory Fitness doing that. It hit me one day in the gym that I could do this by myself.”

Peppers started coaching four or five clients at Greater Wilson Rotary Park as he worked toward opening his own fitness center in Forest Hills Crossing.

“It’s been a hit ever since,” Peppers said. “We specialize in strength training, resistance, cardio, all of that good stuff, and we put it all together to make a nice, good regimen for anybody of any age.”

Peppers is a certified personal trainer with the International Sports Science Association. He’s exploring further education in exercise and physical therapy to work with sports injuries and rehabilitation.

“Ever since I was little, I played sports,” Peppers said. “I’ve had a knack for this ever since I was little. I played football, ran track, (played) baseball, and I just always loved to be in fitness. This endeavor made me more connected with people and more focused on changing everybody just one step at a time. This environment is a safe space. We do not judge at all. We do not try to have any types of stipulations at all.”

Peppers said it’s not about who runs the fastest or lifts the heaviest weights. It’s about getting better every single day. Peppers said he’s concerned by the number of young people living unhealthy lifestyles.

“It’s unsightly for those my age,” Peppers said. “My generation is a lot more unhealthy than we were in high school, and that’s a problem.”

Peppers said he’s blessed to finally have his own place open.

“It’s by far one of the most rewarding tasks,” Peppers said. “With that task comes great, great, great responsibility. This is all a faith walk. All of this was just a vision, but when I started acting out on it, I started seeing each work is very rewarding because you see the results come back. Having this whole environment to be catered toward and centered toward my dream is greater than words can explain.”

He said after cleaning at the end of the day, he steps back to look at his gym and thanks God for it while reflecting on the work it took to get here.

“No matter if anybody comes here or not, I just want people (to know) that you only get one shot at life,” Peppers said. “Every day, you have to strive to make the best of it, even if it’s just a step. The biggest thing is just making that change to be better. That’s all I instill in here.”

Peppers hosts “hit box Saturdays.” He describes the one-hour training regimen as a boot camp circuit open to the public for $6 per person. He has options for single, duo and group sessions that range in price for 45-50 minutes. 

Peppers also has weekly, biweekly and monthly plans that include meal plan recipes that range from three sessions to 14. Peppers Steppin’ Lifestyle Fitness is located at 1700 Raleigh Road Parkway W., Suite 108-A. For more information, call 252-292-4559.

Christopher Long is The Wilson Times’ business reporter. If you have ideas for this weekly column, reach out to him at 252-265-7821 or [email protected].

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