Bodybuilding.com Gym Of The Month: Powerhouse Gym!

Congratulations Powerhouse Gym! We are proud to announce a new gym of the month award where we will be awarding the best of the best! Find out how they got started, services offered and much more right here.

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Name Of Gym: Powerhouse Gym
Name Of Owner: Jefferson & Melissa Meadors
Address:

10755 Ravenna Road
Twinsburg, OH 44087

Number Of Members: 3000+
Square Feet: 31,000
Contact Details: www.powerhousegym.com/twinsburg
Hours Of Operation: 24 Hours
Number Of Trainers On Staff: 8
Founders/Owners: Jefferson & Melissa Meadors

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[ Q ] How did the gym start and why did you decide to begin (or work within) the gym business.
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My wife and I moved to Northeast Ohio in 2003. We started looking for a gym to work out in and could not find something that met both of our needs.

I came from a Powerhouse Gym in Kokomo, IN and used to compete in Strongman. My wife came from Chicago and was used to a very different style of gym.

After being here a while and not finding that perfect spot for us - we started researching the industry in this area and decided to open a gym of our own.

It took us 3 years to plan out but after a lot of hard work and sleepless nights we opened Powerhouse Gym, Twinsburg, December 2006.

It Took Us 3 Years To Plan Out But After A Lot Of Hard Work And Sleepless Nights We Opened Powerhouse Gym.
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It Took Us 3 Years To Plan Out But After A Lot Of Hard
Work And Sleepless Nights We Opened Powerhouse Gym.

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[ Q ] What makes your gym different?
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We have tried to create a great atmosphere with high energy in our facility. We did this through decor and colors. When you walk into our facility you really don't realize you are coming into a gym.

There is artwork on the walls and inviting staff at the front counter. We want everyone to feel special and not be intimidated when they walk in.

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[ Q ] What sort of people do you attract into your gym?
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All kinds. We have professional athletes to the novice. There is something for everyone here who is looking for a great place to work out.

We have a lot of moms who can drop their children in the Kids Club and get their workout in on the cardio or in a group fitness class. From the experienced to the novice anyone can feel at home at Powerhouse Gym.

There Is Something For Everyone Here Who Is Looking For A Great Place To Work Out.
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There Is Something For Everyone Here Who
Is Looking For A Great Place To Work Out.

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[ Q ] What inspires people to train at you facility?
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Flexibility of being open 24 hours and having a gym with the best equipment in the area. Powerhouse Gym is an official Hammer Strength Training Center.

Powerhouse Athletic Academy is also within our facility which targets training for young and developed athletes. Jason Davidson also helps a lot and can take an athlete and make them better and help them advance to the next level.

Powerhouse Athletic Academy Is Within Our Facility Which Targets Training For Young And Developed Athletes.
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Powerhouse Athletic Academy Is Within Our Facility Which
Targets Training For Young And Developed Athletes.

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[ Q ] Do you have any top trainers and why are they so good?
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Jason Davidson is CSCS certified, has a Master's Degree in Exercise Science and is also NASAM certified. Also Beth Kocka.

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[ Q ] What special services do you provide?
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Powerhouse Gym offers some different assessments that most gyms do not have. We have a Bod Pod, which measure body fat and lean muscle mass. We feel it is important for our members to have a good gage of what their starting point is so they can set realistic goals.

You can find a Bod Pod at some hospitals and collegiate training facilitys. We also offer a Polar Body Age system. Through some physical testing and an online questions and answers, the Polar Body Age system determines what your body age is compared to your actual age.

This can be amazing for some people and a real eye opener. It also encourages our members to work out with a Polar Watch to keep track of their workouts and make sure they are working out in the proper heart rate zones.

Powerhouse Gym Offers Some Different Assessments That Most Gyms Do Not Have.
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Powerhouse Gym Offers Some Different
Assessments That Most Gyms Do Not Have.

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[ Q ] Who are your most notable present and past members?
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We currently do have current and past NFL and Major League Baseball players.

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[ Q ] What was the hardest part about operating your gym?
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Being that we are "hands on" owners it is sometimes difficult to separate business from cultivated relationships that have been made through the gym. I can't imagine not being at the gym everyday but sometimes it would be nice to go to a different office.

Another difficult aspect is being open 24 hours and never having the down time to do projects that you would like to work on in the facility. I wouldn't change the 24 hours, but sometimes it is cumbersome and you know that there will be a member who gets displaced because of the project.

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[ Q ] What makes you competitive over the other gym chains?
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Powerhouse Gym offers a friendly, non-intimidating gym for the local market. We do have some of the other large national chains within 10-16 miles from our facility and have found that they really have not hurt us.

We have lost some members, but for the most part a lot of those members have come back. The one thing that I do hear from our members is that our staff is wonderful and they know me. Sometimes at the big chains you get lost in the massiveness of their facility.

We are still a neighborhood gym that cares and we have great equipment, great staff, great classes and an overall great gym!

Powerhouse Gym Offers A Friendly, Non-Intimidating Gym For The Local Market.
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Powerhouse Gym Offers A Friendly,
Non-Intimidating Gym For The Local Market.

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[ Q ] How have you been able to remain so successful and how do you hope to remain so?
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We are able to adapt very quickly to what the market is doing because we are at the gym everyday. We are very hands on. We also never think that everything is perfect as it is.

We always challenge ourselves as owners to make things nicer for our members by improving our service or looking for the next great drink or product to sell. We were named Powerhouse Gym Of The Year for 2009.


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