Back in 1995, Brookings had no gyms that could stay open for more than one year.
The one Pam and Gregg worked at, Pam an aerobics instructor and Gregg desk staff, was in the process of closing.
So Pam and Gregg took loans out on their vehicles and came up with 14,000 to buy equipment and to lease a location and opened Powershop Gym in the Veritas Church location on 3rd Ave.
Working all the hours from 6am to 10 pm for free, and with Pam also working another full time job, they built up a membership of 50 people. After being open for 6 months, they had the opportunity to purchase the old State Theatre building on Main.
No bank in town would give them a loan, so the current owner agreed to rent the building to them. Hiring an outside firm to come in and sell memberships for a LARGE fee, 120 memberships were sold and Bob Brooks from Metabank believed in them and borrowed them 100,000.00 to buy the building. They have been a part of all the renovation projects including adding on the 2nd level in 2000.
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Pam (Owner, Trainer, Diet Coach)
Gregg and his wife Pam started Powershop Gym, Inc. in October of 1995. Gregg has been a driving force of Powershop Gym and has done a majority of the construction and carpentry work on the building himself.
Gregg graduated from SDSU in 1994 with a major of Health and Fitness and a minor in coaching. Gregg has over 25 years of training experience including sports specific training and training for multiple bodybuilding shows.
With the love of fitness and helping others, Gregg strives to give people the best gym possible! Gregg’s true passion is missions work. Gregg and Pam thru Crisis Rescue International, support 7 homes in India where Gregg goes 2 times a year, saving young girls from sex trafficking. For more information visit crisisrescue.org
Tonya has been a member of the staff since 2004. She has a a variety of personal training clients differing in age, backgrounds, and goals. Tonya has also taught group exercise classes for 18 years. Tonya has had many years of weight training experience and helps out with Strong Women Stay Slim. Tonya has two children and one grandson.
Tracy joined the Powershop Gym in May of 2012 as an administrative assistant. She graduated from South Dakota State University in 1997 with a B.S. in athletic training. Tracy and her husband Trevor have 3 kids.
Laura Wermers (Front Desk)
Laura started working out at Powershop in High school and has loved it ever since. She is a Brookings local and graduated from South Dakota State in December 2018 with a Consumer Affairs major and Health Education minor.
Lyndee joined Powershop Gym in 2014. She graduated SDSU with a Nursing degree. Lyndee and her husband Carl have 2 kids.
Carson is currently an Ag Business student at South Dakota State. He will graduate in the Spring of 2019 and plans to return to his hometown of Bridgewater, SD to farm. He has trained the Canistota-Freeman Football team the last two summers and they just recently won a State 9A Champtionship!
As the son of Tonya, Derek started working out at Powershop Gym in about 5th grade. He was a participant in the Strength and Conditioning during the football off-season until he graduated from Brookings High School. After graduating from Northern State University and working in Pierre for 2 years, Derek is back in Brookings with his wife, Kaitlin, training at the gym and pursuing a degree in Electronic Systems. Derek is currently enjoying Powerlifting workouts and plans to compete in 2019.
Kaitlin began coming to the Powershop Gym as an 8th grader looking to get stronger for club soccer and basketball. After graduting from Brookings High School, she attended Gustavus Adolphus College for Business Management and Statistics. During her time there, Kaitlin taught group fitness classes and participated in the running club, completing 3 marathons and 3 half marathons. From competitive soccer to distance running, she has a diverse background and fitness experience. Currently, you’ll find her doing weightlifting and high intensity interval training.