Gym Of The Month: Powerhouse Gym!

Congratulations to Powerhouse Gym Port Neches, Texas! Owners Mike and Susan set out to create a full service facility, and the realization of that dream is Powerhouse Gym. No matter what your goal is, Powerhouse Gym can help you reach it.

Gym Of The Month:
Powerhouse Gym

Name of Gym: Powerhouse Gym Port Neches, Texas
Name of Owner: Mike Owens and Susan McGuire

Number of Members: 1,200 members (opened gym in January of 2011)
Square Feet: 26,000 sq foot
Website Address:
Phone: (409) 293-3637
Hours of Operation:

    Open Monday: 4:30 AM
    Close Friday: 10:00 PM
    Saturday and Sunday: Open 7:00am
    Close 9:00pm

Number of Trainers on Staff: 5


    The Dabbish Family - Powerhouse Gym International Founders
    Susan McGuire and Mike Owens - Powerhouse Gym Port Neches, TX Owners
How did the gym start and why did you decide to begin (or work within) the gym business?

We both previously worked at a local gym in our area. We were approached with an opportunity to purchase the gym from the current owner, but decided to not purchase the facility. After the process of buying the gym fell through we realized we should look into opening our own fitness facility. With a lot of support from the community, family, and friends we were able to make this dream a reality.

Can you give us a description on what went into opening your awesome establishment?

To build the type of full service facility we wanted, we did not have many options of location in our small town or surrounding areas. We knew for sure that we needed a very spacious building to open our dream facility. The one building that continued to peak our interest was a very large abandoned supermarket that survived two major hurricanes. This building had been abandoned for almost 18 years, which caused the construction of our facility to last about seven months.

Two hurricanes and still going strong?<br />Powerhouse Gym is as tough as the people training in it.
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Two hurricanes and still going strong?
Powerhouse Gym is as tough as the people training in it.

What makes your gym different?
  • We are a 26,000 square foot full service fitness facility
  • 4,000 square foot area for sport specific training with turf
  • Full MMA and Boxing area - Full Competition Cage and TapOut Bag Rack holding 15 total bags (heavy bags, muay thai bags, teardrop bags, and double-end bags).
  • Les Mills Group Fitness Classes
  • 3,800 sq foot Sports Performance area with field turf and powerlifting equipment. Specialized strength training and speed work for all age athletes.
  • Full Service Pro -Shop with smoothie and coffee bar
  • Post Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation area (bridging the gap between physical therapy and working out on your own).
  • Indoor Cycling with Virtual Rides
  • Exclusive FreeMotion Fitness Center
What sort of people do you attract into your gym?

Due to the wide variety of programs we provide we attract children as young as 6 yrs old all the way up to 90 year old adults. We attract everyone from the hardcore power lifter, top level bodybuilder, top college athlete, or championship fighter.

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"Whoa, Powerhouse even has punching bags? Out-of-sight man!"
What inspires people to train at you facility?

The lack of intimidation when they enter Powerhouse Gym. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff makes members feel at home. Complete gym tours of the facility take away any pressure or intimidation a potential gym member may have initially felt when looking into joining our facility.

Do you have any top trainers and why are they so good?

Steve Macnamara: Personal Trainer
  • Numerous time Bodybuilding Champion.
  • Top Level NPC Competitor and Masters Champion.
Valerie "the wolfe" Mahfood: Boxing & Stand Up Instructor
  • First Female Boxing World Champion
  • Texas Heavyweight Champion
  • IBA Continental Light Heavyweight World Champion
  • WIBF Light Heavyweight World Champion
  • IWBF Light Heavyweight World Champion
  • IWBF Super Middle Weight World Champion
  • WIBA Super Middle Weight World Champion
Scott Ray: Jui Jitsu/Grappling Instructor
  • Kuk Sool Won Black Belt
  • Kuk Sool Won Certified Instructor
  • 2009 USA Grappling Team Member
  • MMA Instructor Lamar University
Chris Gohlke: Sports Performance Trainer
  • Former College Football Player
  • Widely Recognized as Top Trainer in the Area for Strength, Conditioning and Speed Training
  • Has Trained Many Successful Champion Winning Athletes in Our Area
Susan McGuire: Gym Owner/Personal Trainer
  • NGA Pro Natural Bodybuilder
  • Numerous Pro Natural Bodybuilding Championships
Mike Owens: Gym Owner/Personal Trainer
  • 2009 Musclemania Lone Star Novice and Overall Winner
  • Top Level Amateur Natural Bodybuilder
Practice what you preach—<br />Mike and Susan are owners, trainers, and competitors!
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Practice what you preach—
Mike and Susan are owners, trainers, and competitors!

What special services do you provide?
  • Fight Fitness Classes
  • Hardcore Weekend Warrior Classes
  • Fight Fitness Bootcamp
  • Powerhouse Pacers Running Club
  • Massage Therapy
  • Group Personal Training
  • Specialized Injury Rehabilitation Training
  • Group Weight Management Programs
Who are your most notable present and past members?

Due to the fact that we open for only 3 months, no famous ones yet.

What was the hardest part about operating your gym?

Since we are a new facility, building the membership count to cover expenses.

What makes you competitive over the other gym chains?

We are the only gym in the area that's offers such a full array of training options for our members. We are proud to be the ONLY full service facility in our area.

The pride of southeast Texas!
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The pride of southeast Texas!

How have you been able to remain so successful and how do you hope to remain so?

We have only been open for business 3 months, but have had continued success due to variety of services we offer to our members. Powerhouse Gym Port Neches offers there members services and programs that no other gym in Southeast Texas can match.

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