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.
Gregg S. – Owner
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 belong to Mercy Response, an organization that builds churches and helps with disaster relief. They try to help whenever possible to share their God given talents. His newest adventure has drawn him to India to save girls from sex Trafficking. For more information visit http://crisisrescueinternational.com/
Pam S. – Owner
Pam is a lifelong resident of Brookings. She started Powershop Gym with her husband Gregg
in October 1995. She has over 20yrs of Gym business experience, 27yrs of group class experience, and 30yrs of bookkeeping experience.
Since 1995, she has taught aerobics classes and designed and implemented numerous strength and aerobic programs. Pam has two children, Dana and Kyle and four grand children, Paityn and Tenley, Stella, and Skylar.
Josh grew up outside of Wagner, SD in a small town called Dante. He came from a family of small business owners. His dad, Mike Cihak, owns a general contracting company and his mom, Rosie Kocer, owns her own pizza business. He excelled as a multi-sport student athlete at Avon High School in Avon, SD graduating at the top of his class and earning all American and all state academic honors for football and basketball. He attended USF his freshman year on a football scholarship then transferred to South Dakota State and was a member of the SDSU football team. He graduated with a degree in health sciences in the fall of ’15. His passion for the health and fitness industry was fueled through athletics and pursued with the desire to change lives for the better.
Tonya has been a lifelong resident of Brookings and 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 Whitney and Derek.
Tracy R. – Admin/Front Desk
Samantha joined our team in 2015 and works with social media and marketing for Powershop Gym. She graduated from Brookings High School and then graduated from Southeast Technical Institute in 2010 for Marketing. Samantha has been a member since 2013 and works out in small group training. She enjoys spending time with her husband and her 3 dogs, Watson, Melvin, and Winnie.