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Meet John Ding of Kinitro Fitness in Southwest

Today we’d like to introduce you to John Ding.

John, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I started Kinitro in my living room with a handful of friends and a few dumbbells and kettlebells. Soon my friends began bringing their friends, coworkers and family members and what started as a weekend venture grew into
daily classes. We’d meet mostly in the evenings and after a while my neighbors started complaining about all the cars on the street. That pretty much pushed me into looking for a bigger space and here I am now.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Fear of the unknown is one of the biggest obstacles I’ve had to overcome along the way to getting to where I am now. I’ve had a passion for fitness long before I started Kinitro but I always put my time and energy into “safer” pursuits. I mean, I even enrolled, attended and graduated law school because I thought it was a more stable career choice. At the end of the day though, doing what I loved far outweighed doing what was safe and I chose to take the plunge and pursue fitness.

Please tell us about Kinitro Fitness.
We are a strength and conditioning facility that offers group fitness classes which focus on the development of strength, speed, endurance and power. Our classes closely model the way professional athletes train but are tailored to fit our client demographic. We also have workshops which cover fitness disciplines like yoga, boxing, and strongman training.

What I am the most proud of is the solid community and camaraderie we have built. Our members are absolutely fantastic. It goes without saying that not only are they the lifeblood which makes this place tick, but also they help shape and define Kinitro as a positive and friendly environment that keeps people coming back.

I would say that what sets us apart is our approach to fitness. These days I believe there is too much emphasis on aesthetics–people go to the gym and focus solely on what they see in the mirror. It is my belief, however, that actually focusing on performance is a better way to achieving a healthy mind and a healthy body. At Kinitro, our training methodology puts performance first knowing full well that the aesthetic will follow after.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
My favorite childhood memory…

It’s pretty hard to really pick out any particular one. In no order whatsoever I enjoyed: going to the circus with my parents and getting cotton candy and light up swords, playing outdoor games with the other kids in the courtyard of the apartment complex I grew up in, and any of the school field trips that meant spending the day outside of the classroom.


  • Unlimited (incl. open gym) – $120
  • 8 classes/mo. (incl. open gym) – $100
  • 5 classes/mo. (incl. open gym) – $80

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