Derrick Blaylock, a former New York Jets and Kansas City Chief running back has opened Athletic Republic, a franchise dedicated to training athletes for all sports.  The training complex is located at 5360 FM 1960 East, behind Coaches Sports Bar. Blaylock, who is co-owner and general manager of the Humble location, has teamed up with long-time friend and current NFL player, James Dearth.  Dearth suits up on Sunday’s for the New York Jets as their long-snapper and occasional tight end.  After the NFL season is over, Dearth will join the Humble team at Athletic Republic and begin instructing clients. Both Blaylock and Dearth grew up in Texas and played high school and college football in the Lone Star State.  Before being drafted into the NFL, Blaylock played at Stephen F. Austin State University and Dearth played at Tarleton State University. Blaylock, who has been a resident of Summerwood for the past three years explained, “We chose to open Athletic Republic in Humble because of its central location to schools and local businesses.”  Athletic Republic provides specialized training for men, women, boys and girls who want to increase their speed, agility and endurance for any given sport or personal development. “We are not a gym or a health club, however we are a training organization that is dedicated to training individuals with science based techniques while utilizing patented machines and programs that give our clients results,” said Blaylock. In addition to their specialized machines and programs, Athletic Republic sets its self apart from other training facilities by offering a more personal approach to training with a 6:1 ratio of client to instructor. For additional information, call 832-644-8276 or visit www.athleticrepublic.com. Photo: Athletic Republic’s staff pictured from right: co-owner Derrick Blaylock, trainer Johanna Spreen, and trainer Travis Eickman. Photo by David Stuhlmiller

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