BAYONNE, NJ- Born and raised in Bayonne, John Buzinkai knows a little something about transforming his life. Actually, having once tipped the scales at 400 pounds, and bringing his weight down to 260 pounds, he knows a big something!
As the owner of Training for Warriors, one of Bayonne’s newest small businesses, Buzinkai is out to help others find their own path to physical fitness, and to show them that just by waking up each day, they too are “warriors.”
Calling themselves a “global movement,” Training for Warriors offers its fitness programs in over 275 locations spread out across 20 countries and says that the “fun and exciting” workouts can help anyone “prepared to work hard, develop oneself and take on his or her particular challenges in life.”
While Buzinkai began welcoming visitors and customers to his Broadway facility last week he is really looking towards a special event on Saturday to mark his official start of business. Beginning at 11:00 a.m. he is hosting a charity workout with all proceeds going to the Detective Melvin Vincent Santiago Foundation, named in honor of the rookie Jersey City Police Officer who lost his life in the line of duty in July, 2014.
According to Cathy McBride, Santiago’s mother, the foundation was established after Melvin lost his life to help “bridge the gap between police and the community.” Recent efforts such as a lunch for senior citizens and the donation of a stove to an elderly woman in need are all ways, McBride said, to “keep Melvin’s memory alive.”
Asked about his connection to fallen hero Buzinkai told TAPinto Bayonne that he trained Melvin’s cousin and aunt, and, after working with them just a few months felt like he knew Santiago personally.
“They were always telling stories about him, what he was like, how funny he was, what his family meant to him,” Buzinkai said. “Our goal for Saturday is to let other people get to know Melvin, what better way is there to honor his life then keep him alive through us?”
Training for Warriors Bayonne is located at 191 Broadway. For more information about or to register for Saturday’s charity workout call John Buzinkai at 201-669-8151. Registration is just $10.