By Nate Tenopir, Sports Editor
In December 2010, Jessica Powers graduated from UNO with a B.S. in exercise science. Less than a year later, Powers is putting her degree into practice by becoming the owner of a new gym in downtown Papillion.
The gym is called Fearless Fitness and is located in a warehouse off of 90th and Cornhusker St., at 731 N Frontier Dr., Bay 3. Powers describes her location as not your typical gym.
“Though you won’t find weight machines, treadmills, or televisions, you will find hard-working men and women trying to reach their goals together,” Powers said.
Rather than rely on traditional workout methods, Powers sets up programs that include squats, pushups, pull ups, sprints, sled pushes, band-assisted work and even sand bag carries. Though much of the work is often group-based, Powers said that members seeking individual attention can schedule private sessions as well.
The group program has workouts at 5:15 a.m., 6 a.m., 4 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Members who schedule private sessions can expect 30 to 45 minutes of training.
Because Fearless Fitness doesn’t rely on weights or treadmills, the workouts focus around technique and intensity.
“Fearless Fitness is the one stop place where you can lose fat, drop pounds and gain lean, strong muscles,” Powers said.
Though not all members may be equal in their fitness abilities, the gym’s programs are meant for a wide variety of people. Every workout is scalable so that everyone can participate.
Powers said that Fearless Fitness embraces the stay at home mom, the athlete, the active grandparent and all those in-between.
“Fearless Fitness is not the place to just come in for your one hour a day workout and leave,” Powers said. “It is about building a community within its members that transcends outside of the gym.”
Not only do the members sweat together, many of them stay connected outside of the workouts. Whether it’s banding together to run a local 5K or promoting a charitable cause, Fearless Fitness members push each other to reach their personal goals.
A mural near the front of the gym states, ‘Never Give Up. Never Quit.’ Powers said that motto is the attitude the gym hopes to inspire in everyone that walks through their door.
In addition to the degree she received last year, Powers is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach, as awarded by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). To receive the title, applicants must pass a rigorous and challenging exam administered by an independent examination service.
Having the title signals respect and recognition throughout the fitness community. With the approval of the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), the credentials are regarded as the Credentials of Distinction among fitness professionals.
Fearless Fitness will host their grand opening on Saturday Oct. 15 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The grand opening will feature a free workout for the community at 10:30 a.m.
Those who want to know more about the gym are encouraged to call 402-289-7068. Powers also has a blog at fearlessfitnessomaha.com.
On the blog she offers a healthy recipe of the week, and workouts of the day that feature written instructions and video.