BOONE, Iowa -- A group opened a different type of gym in Boone a year and a half ago. It’s called the Boone Fitness Factory, and it’s meant for a slightly different demographic than your typical gym.
Trainer Jared Burma said, “Our main goal with this building is kids.”
The non-profit gym offers classes for kids starting in Kindergarten and a program for high school students called the Power Phase Program, which helps them prepare for sports.
Burma said, "It was put together by a group of dads and myself and our head wrestling coach because we were struggling in wrestling really bad, well it emerged into basically all sports now."
Freshman Carter Dighton works out there and said, "It makes me a better athlete. It makes me stronger."
His dad and older sister join him as well. Senior Paige Dighton said, "We get home and we compare our weight or our times. We can say, ‘Hey, I beat you today."
Dad Jeff Dighton said he enjoys working out as a family. "I believe fitness is one of those things you've got to do your entire life."
Younger kids focus on proper technique and building a love for fitness. Trish Burma said, "We're not putting kids under a barbell or anything. We have our kids doing pushups, air squats things like that. Everything is just how to use their body and use it properly."
Boone Fitness Factory membership starts at $30 a month for Kindergarten through 6th grade and $60 a month for 7th through 12th grade. It’s $75 a month for adults and $150 a month for a family. The goal is to eventually offer free membership for kids until high school.
The group is hosting a fundraiser called the Boone Barbell Beatdown to help buy more equipment for the gym. It's May 3rd for Kindergarten through 12th graders. It costs $25 to sign up. Click here for more information.