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Meet Remington Lanning

Today we’d like to introduce you to Remington Lanning.

Remington, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I am not sure how to start this, but it all started with a dream and a feeling in my soul. I always had a feeling that I was meant to do something different and unique to have an impact on others. I grew up in the very small town of Stuart, Virginia. It is basically in the middle of nowhere. Throughout my youth, I played sports but never was the greatest. Honestly, I sucked at sports. During my high school years, I played soccer, football and wrestling. I wasn’t very strong and was very small. I am not sure why I continued playing sports, despite being so bad. While playing sports I was introduced to the weight room and began lifting weights. I slowly developed a passion for weight training and began to work out all the time. I started getting noticed as the small guy that was strong. I had finally found something that I had a passion for, and it felt fantastic. With all the weight training developed my fascination and passion for bodybuilding. This is what lit the fire for me to start down my current path of being a personal trainer, online trainer, bodybuilder and co-owner of Kraken Performance Gym.

Like most students, when I was getting ready to graduate high school, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I was not very good at school and had good enough grades to pass the required classes. I saw my classmates choosing schools and what directions they wanted to go, but I still was not sure about myself. I started looking into different types of careers that I thought would interest me. I investigated physical therapy, college team trainer, weightlifting coach and even a motorcycle mechanic. Throughout all this searching the only thing I had much interest in was lifting weights because it made me feel so great. This led me to decide to become a personal trainer. I did some research and found the National Personal Training Institute of Orlando, Florida. This brought up another issue, I was broke.

I decided that I was not going to be able to go and would work and save up money to go one day. I started out working for a small construction company building foundations. I ended up getting a job as Walmart unloading trucks. I was working as hard as I could but still didn’t have the money to go to school. My grandfather and brother, Ben, were able to help me get the money to go to school in Orlando, Florida. Once I finished school in Florida, I was unable to find a job in the area. This required me to move back home to Stuart, VA.

Once I was back home, I wasn’t sure what I should do. There was a small local gym by the name of Total fitness and the next closest gym was an hour away. I decided that I would work part-time at Rite Aid Pharmacy and be a personal trainer out of the local gym. I never thought that I would feel so stuck in my hometown as I did then. I could have just stopped what I was doing and gotten a generic job to make more money, but for some reason, I could not bring myself to do that. I was not making much money, but I loved training others and myself. I cannot tell you the times that I thought about giving up because I felt that there was no way to make a living with what I was doing. For some reason that I cannot describe I just knew that I had to keep personal training my clients. This unknown feeling and drive are what motivated me to learn as much as I could about training, nutrition and anything related to fitness and bodybuilding.

My brother, Ben, ended up going through and divorce. This led him to go back to school to become a welder. He was able to get a job at Newport News Shipbuilding, so he left all alone to try and make a life for himself. I was extremely close to Ben and knew that I needed to follow him to Newport News, Va. It took me well over a year before I was able to follow him. It was extremely difficult leaving my small hometown, but I knew that it was what had to be done. I needed a way out and my brother was able to provide me with that way. None of this would have been possible without Ben, my family, and my clients.

I had done it, I made it out of my hometown. Little did I know that this was just the beginning of a tough battle to make my dreams possible. I was able to get a job as personal training at a corporate gym. I was very excited and nervous to have a job in the field that I had worked so hard to get into. I stayed at the corporate gym for a little less than a year and it was one of the biggest learning experiences I had. I also saw and experienced the reality of corporate gyms. They made it nearly impossible to be successful as a personal trainer and earn a living. The only way you could earn a living is if you become a client funnel and shuttle out as many clients as possible. This means that you ended up have more quantity over quality and I did not like that at all. Even though I had a lot of negative experiences from the corporate side of things, I was able to meet many amazing people and build some great connections. I may not have much money, but I have always been good at forming relationships and connections with people. Some of these connections provided me with certain opportunities making Kraken Performance Gym a possibility. I try to treat every client like gold. Every client matters to me and I want them to be the best version of themselves.

With the help of Ben, a client from back home, two current clients we were able to open Kraken Performance Gym. It has been one of the most difficult things we have ever done. The Gym started extremely slow and it has been a struggle to just make rent. We are continuing to grow faster by obtaining new members, clients, and online clients. It has been an ongoing rollercoaster ride with bumps along the way, but I know one thing is for sure. I am chasing my dreams and it is only a matter of time before they all become a reality. This is just the beginning of Kraken Performance Gym.

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?
Honestly, Nothing has been smooth for me, I have sacrificed so much to make this Dream Of mine become a reality. For example, Multiple failed relationships due to my passion. I sacrificed what some people would call the best Years of there lives to chase this dream. it has been worth it but sacrificing so much for a dream that no one can see but you is by far one of the most difficult things any person can do in my opinion. So to ask what Obstacles and challenges have happened along the way, to put it bluntly, Nothing has been easy. The saying If It was easy everyone would do it is by far one of the most accurate lines to describe everything to this point.

Please tell us about your business.
About Us, Kraken Performance Gym was formed out of a need to have an environment to provide quality training away from the corporate world. While we like all the amenities offered by corporate gyms, we also believe they take away from the main reason people come to a gym. Here at Kraken Performance Gym, our primary focuses are our member’s and client’s goals. We strive to provide a quality training environment backed by dedicated staff. Come and start your new lifestyle today!

Gary Hodges, Many people may ask why “Kraken Performance Gym”. There is more behind the name than just a ploy to have a nice foundation for brand marketing. This goes back to the very beginning of the owners’ fitness journey.

In the year 2011, we started going to a small circuit style class in the small town of Bassett, Va. Here we started building some relationships that would change our lives forever. The owner of this small gym was Gary Hodges, aka Hammer Hodges. At first glance, Gary was very intimidating. After several classes, it became apparent that this man had a heart of gold. We would go to his class a few days per week, but soon the few days turned into every day. At one point we would be there every time he had any kind of class or event. Then we started staying after class and the long nights began.

Gary Hodges, While most of the class was a circuit-based class, Gary had an extensive background in weightlifting. The weights started getting introduced after class and that is what lit the fire. From this point on, we were hooked onto anything related to fitness. The owners, Remi and Ben, both have their own separate stories of why they became dedicated to fitness; but both trace the very beginning back to Gary.

Gary had a personality like no one else. He was known for having some sayings that could be traced back to him. During class, he would coach and motivate everyone to put forth their maximum effort. This period of motivation is where most of his sayings originated. One of the most known sayings he would use originated from the movie “Clash of the Titans (2010)”. There is a scene where Zeus (Liam Neeson) says “Release the Kraken”. Gary would say this throughout the night and it always seemed to come at just the right time. The saying would be used and known by anyone who attended his gym.

In 2016 Gary suddenly left us and is still missed by many. Gary always wanted us to grow to our full potential, even if it meant leaving our hometown. While he is not here with us, he will forever be remembered for all he did. Therefore, we dedicate this gym in remembrance to a guy who did not chase the spotlight but shined brighter than he realized. We will continue to “Release the Kraken” until we meet again big guy.

Personal Training, Remi has been a Personal Trainer since 2012. He has always had a passion for all types of fitness and loves to help others. Throughout high school, he played football, soccer, and was on the wrestling team. He has some experience in Krav-Maga and boxing also. During his fitness experiences, he found the love of weightlifting. The time he spent in the gym lifting weights developed into a passion for bodybuilding.

Remi competed in his first bodybuilding show in 2018. He took first in the true novice class and third in overall. While he plans to compete more in the future; he is taking time to perfect his physique and focus more on his training career.

Throughout his time as a personal trainer, he has worked with all types of clients. These clients have ranged in age from 8 years old to mid 70’s. Keeping the “Personal” in Personal Training is a vital part of how he operates. If hard work is put in, he believes real results will follow. “Helping others reach their goals is what fuels my passion for personal training.”

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
I truly don’t think there is one specific moment, Its more small moments that are leading to me being able to do what I want with my Life. a few Of the moments I am proud of are when I did my first bodybuilding show in 2018, from the Grand Opening of Kraken Performance gym.


  • Online Training $100-200 Monthly
  • Day pass $10
  • 10 pass punch card $70
  • Monthly $50
  • 1 year contract $40
  • First Responder/Military $30
  • Family Add on $20
  • Personal Training Single Session $ 60/Session
  • Group Session (2 or more people) $ 40/each
  • 8 Session Package $ 55/session
  • Bulk Pricing (Minimum of 24 sessions purchased) $ 50/session

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Maurice Kleinman

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