Powerhouse Athletics, a Beaver Dam nonprofit that was started last year, just opened a new gym with the intent of putting fun into fitness.
Powerhouse Gym is an indoor training facility at 900 Green Valley Road, Beaver Dam, with two large training rooms (one is 5,900 square feet and the other is 3,900 square feet) to accommodate the needs for both adult athletic training and youth sports training.
Free trial classes to all community members began last week. There is no sign on the building yet, but the parking lot has been filled.
Alec Priewe serves as the gym’s manager and as a trainer. Priewe, a recent graduate of UW-Stevens Point with a health promotion and wellness degree, is eager to help improve the fitness and athletic skill set of the youth of his hometown.
A 2013 Beaver Dam High School alum, Priewe will train alongside his fellow classmate Jackson Bailey and 2012 BDHS graduate Emma Heuer. All three trainers excelled in organized sports.
“Because time and effort was put into our abilities early on, we were successful,” Priewe said. “This is our chance to give back.”
The new facility offers batting cages, a basketball court, a turf gym and a padded workout floor. Currently, one youth class of circuit training is offered in the evening.
“We focus on promoting everyone’s health and preventing injury,” Priewe said. “All our trainers have a great variety of ages, skill sets and focuses. If there is a need, we’re going to fill it.”
Nine trainers are holding classes in boot camp, yoga, kettle bell, cardio-based strength training and more.
“Powerhouse is unique because it’s a place where kids can be in a healthy environment and watch their parents work hard and lead by example,” Priewe said.
Upcoming youth events include Powerhouse Spring Break Warriors youth camp, which will run March 26-30 from 9 a.m. to noon each day. A softball pitching and hitting clinic will take place March 17-18 with former BDHS graduate Brennan Engel, who currently plays softball at UW-Green Bay.
Summer plans are also in the works for a kickball tournament and a duathlon for adults and kids. A free “school’s out” event is scheduled for May 21 at the Athletic Field, featuring a balloon toss, an obstacle course, kickball, dodgeball and fun games, Priewe said.
Because organized sports can be expensive, Powerhouse Athletics offers the Powerhouse Sports Closet, which takes in donations of used and new sports equipment to lend out to children in need. Trainer Janel DeZarn, who helps coordinate the Dodge County Toy Bank, implemented the program after seeing more than 40 percent of children with sports gear on their wish list.
Membership prices and options for the gym can be found at powerhouseath.com. Fees are paid on a monthly basis and members are not locked into a yearly contract.
“We want our members to feel comfortable and not tied down,” Priewe said. “We allow volunteer opportunities to offset the cost for anyone who has the desire to participate but can’t afford it.”
Powerhouse will have a booth at the Youth Expo today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Watermark, 209 S. Center Street, Beaver Dam. Priewe and Bailey will be on hand to answer questions and host a few fun challenges. Enter at the expo to win a free youth membership.
The gym will also have an open house Sunday from 1-3 p.m. Free trial classes will continue through next week.
For more information, go to powerhouseath.com or to the “Powerhouse Athletics” Facebook page.
“This is a local movement, not a chain gym,” Priewe said. “We have local friendly, welcoming faces here which will help push your fitness. We want the best for the community to be healthy.”