As I’ve mentioned I’ve had the opportunity to visit multiple gyms all over Ohio. I have a growing circle of “Iron Pals” and visit them periodically. I’m not sure why the idea of writing reviews has never occurred to me before, but once the idea sparked in my mind I knew which facility I wanted to start with.
I have ventured to Power Station multiple times now. This gym is very much an old school facility with a twist. Not only are they geared towards power lifters or bodybuilders, but they’re equipped to handle Olympic lifters and even Crossfitters.
Their motto is “Think Big” and they have definitely provided an atmosphere in which to grow big. Power Station had machines I’ve never seen before and machines I absolutely covet. They have a deadlifting platform, 2 mono-lifts, multiple squat and shoulder racks, benches out the wazoo, a handful of smith-machines, tons of dumbbells… pretty much anything you could possibly need, this place has. There is even a strip of putt-putt grass (not sure what it’s called) where you can do sled pushes/ pulls or even sprints with parachutes. There are boxes for jumping on and boxes for squatting on. There are medicine balls for throwing and slamming. There are bands and chains. Again… just about anything you can think of, this facility provides.
Power Station recently moved its location to join spaces with Xtreme Fitness & Performance Center LLC. A few friends of mine who’d given me feedback on the old Power Station were unsure of the new facilities. Now, I obviously never went to the old Power Station, but I was very impressed with the new combined gym. When you come in the entrance you walk into Xtreme Fitness. You’ll have a $5 fee (for access to Power Station), which I’ve found is pretty typical of a one day pass to any gym or fitness club. Once you’ve paid you’ll turn right and go downstairs to get to the locker rooms.
Obviously I’ve only seen the women’s locker room, but upon entering I giggled and was sure this would be a great atmosphere in which to train. Above the sinks and mirrors is a wall decal that reads, “You won’t get the butt you want by sitting on it.” If that doesn’t win you over then surely the full size lockers, sauna, and steam room will! Oh yeah, you read right…. STEAM ROOM! Hell, this place is so on top of things you don’t even need to leave the locker room to get a pump. In a smaller side room there’s a bench, yoga ball, and set of dumbbells as well as your typical scale and not so typical chest of rainbow colored dumbbells. Oh! And don’t forget the full body mirror for all your gym selfies!
Exit the locker room: downstairs there is a smaller training room that is equipped with enough cable machines to allow a decent full body workout. I’m assuming this room is for individuals who may be intimidated by the Power Station area (maybe women who don’t want men staring) or maybe it’s for physical therapy clients or just clients and personal trainers. In the corner of this room is an area set up for spin classes.
Also on the lower level are a few racquetball courts, the men’s locker room, and the entrance to their SPER Trained area (I’ll get to that later).
Head back upstairs and just beside the stairwell you’ll see a door. Go through that door and you’ll enter a cardio machine area with treadmills, ellipticals, and step-mills all provided with TVs. Keep walking by and you’ll come to the doors of Power Station. Upon those doors are Mike’s rules (Mike is the owner). His rules are simple: be courteous and clean up after yourself.
Besides the wondrous array of training equipment I’ve already mentioned there is the atmosphere of a real gym. A hole in the wall; purely made up of concrete, rubber, and metal; a chalk and sweat drenched gym. There is quite the collection of Marine Corps inspiration as the owner is a former Marine. His dress blues are on display as well as multiple USMC advertisement posters. If that isn’t moto enough to get you slinging some weight head over to the wall of Pros looking down upon a scale. Go ahead, I dare you! Weigh yourself in front of a wall of professional body builders, power lifters, and UFC champs and then have a slack-ass workout. Just not possible.
The combined facilities offer the following: child care, fitness classes, SPER training, cross fit, speed training, sport specific strength training, personal training, weight loss training, free WI-FI, and tanning packages. Their fitness classes include: body sculpting, yoga, cardio circuit, bootcamp, spinning, pilates, abs, zumba, zumbini, cross training, fight fit, and a newly added Silver Sneakers.
On top of all that they have a smoothie bar and sell some of the most delicious and moist protein brownies I have ever tasted! Oh wait… there’s more! NO CONTRACT and NO ENROLLMENT FEE!
In 100% honesty if I didn’t live 25-30 minutes away I would have already ditched my membership to LA Fitness and joined this amazing palace of pain (couldn’t help myself). If you want more information check out their website:
If you want to read up on what SPER training is hit this link:
I hope this was a help for anyone in the Middletown/ Franklin, Ohio area looking for a great place to train, lose weight, or meet a fitness goal.