POWERSHOP GYM, BROOKINGS, SD
A Fascinating Origin Story
Growing up with a mom with rheumatoid arthritis and a father who has heart issues, I dreamed of helping people change their lifestyle of exercise and nutrition.
After graduating with a degree in Health Promotion, I took a huge risk and opened Powershop Gym in 1995. All the gyms in Brookings had lasted less than 1 year, so the odds were against me. After being turned down by several banks, I found someone to believe in me and borrow me money to buy the old State Theatre building.
Our goal was not to make money, but to provide the best place to workout. Anything we made we put back into the business, either expanding or adding equipment.
In 2011 we added a training program and nutrition program that has carried our business to profitable.
This fall, it will be 20 years that we have been in business. I think my never give up attitude is the key to every opposition I faced.