Truck and van-based businesses expanding in Silicon Valley

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Hiit School, a mobile fitness company, is one of three vehicle-based businesses that have taken off in Silicon Valley.Hiit School, a mobile fitness company, is one of three vehicle-based businesses that have taken off in Silicon Valley.

Silicon Valley tech workers have fewer excuses now when it comes to keeping that New Year’s fitness resolution.

Hiit School is one of three vehicle-based businesses, according to CNN Money, that have been hitting it big with the time-conscious tech set in northern California by bringing sought-after services that some don’t have time to utilize during lunch or after work.

Nick Gudgeon started his now popular Hiit School two years ago after buying a used van on Craigslist, packing it with fitness equipment and bringing a gym to big tech companies teeming with health-conscious consumers.

He says he got the idea after watching a foodtruck on the highway.

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Gudgeon now trains and motivates 14 people at a time who pay $445 for 10 weeks of classes.  More than 300 employees at Google and Netflix have signed up. His website states that signups are still available for the 2016 winter semester.

The side of Gudgeon’s van, which resembles a large UPS vehicle, has been fitted with hardware and straps which allows participants to engage in challenging resistance-based exercises. So far, there’s been no reports of any tech dynamos pulling the van over.

Gudgeon brings along weights and exercise bikes which keep the portable gym-goers busy. Data reports on progress are made available to those who live for number-crunching, and success stories are posted on Gudgeon’s website.

Other successful truck-based businesses in Silicon Valley include a mobile dental office dubbed Studio Dental and a mobile hair salon. Studio Dental is housed inside a spacious tractor-trailer and features two dental chairs and a portable x-ray machine.

Studio Dental reports earning a million dollars last year, and Hitt School also reports that business has been profitable. Profits have been so encouraging for Onsite Haircuts that over the past six years the company has expanded from one to five RV-based trucks with 14 stylists.