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Kim Lyons, who coached contestants on NBC's competitive weight loss show "The Biggest Loser," has opened a gym in Hermosa Beach.

The trainer opened Bionic Body on Hermosa Avenue in March. The gym offers group exercise and personal training, with specialty classes such as functional fitness, circuit training, kickboxing, yoga, barre and Pilates. Beauty services such as massages and facials also are offered.

Lyons said the studio is the first of about five locations in the Los Angeles area that she and her husband and co-owner, Gunter Schlierkamp, plan to open. She said they chose Hermosa Beach for the first studio because she thinks of the city as home. She has lived there for about 11 years and grew up visiting her grandmother's home in Hermosa Beach as a child.

Lyons replaced Jillian Michaels on "The Biggest Loser" in its third season and competed with her during the fourth season.

Lyons said that during her time on the show, she and contestants did a lot of functional training, particularly with resistance bands. She said this inspired part of the setup at Bionic Body, where there are rows of eye hooks at different levels on the wall into which the resistance bands can be hooked. Lyons said this helps to tailor the workout to an individual.

She called Bionic Body a one-stop health and fitness shop. She said "The Biggest Loser" taught her how emotional weight loss can be, which is why her studio includes yoga classes.

"That was kind of the idea, bringing all the disciplines that I love so much together in one place," Lyons said. "Most studios just offer one discipline, and your body needs more than that."

Monthly memberships range from $79 to $825. Visit


May 9, 2014




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