The duo will offer free classes all week with the very energetic
Stewart doing the instruction of the fitness classes. A former
competitive amateur and professional mixed martial arts fighter, and
amateur kickboxer, Stewart explains what he intends to do at
Industry Fitness. "With our workouts it’s going to be like the
circuit workouts, the kickboxing, High Intense Interval Training (HIIT)
and Tabata workouts. So you are going to get five different workouts
and we are going to smash them for 20 seconds, then rest for 10
seconds, and do five or six continuous rounds of it.”
Stewart also noted that this business has always been a goal of his.
He said he has always had a desire to teach and help people out. “We
are just here to motivate people and have a good time doing it,
listen to some good tunes and make it fun,” he says, as he flashes
that Stewart grin.
Looking around the room there is also an Airdyne stationary bike, an
elliptical and a treadmill for clients to use. If you are looking to
raise your intensity level there are plyo metric box jumps or simply
wooden box jumps on hand that are sure to provide a challenging
workout, and sometime in the future there will be large tractor
tires as part of the workouts. "We will have our tire slams to do
"flip the tire" and "smash with the sledgehammer,” said Stewart.
Glancing at Bobell he jokingly added, "We don’t have any farmers
that live around here that have any extra tires right now.”
Bobell herself comes from a Logan County farming family and she,
too, is eager to start helping people. She offered, "This week is
our grand opening week and then next week we will officially open
for business and start taking payments.”
If the first free class at 4:30 p.m. on Monday is any indication of
the future success of Industry Fitness, then it should be a
“smashing success.” The first class was full, and even your
out-of-shape reporter attended the workout and survived. More
importantly, it was fun and the enthusiasm and encouragement of
Stewart made a 'workout' enjoyable. It is an intense workout, but
one that is not intimidating, thanks to the positive energy that
both Stewart and Bobell radiate.
During the workout, it was noticeable that Stewart had his eye on
everyone and was very understanding of people’s needs to work at
their own pace. While some were more agile and others were not,
Stewart was constantly offering support.
At the end of the workout he stressed to the sweaty crowd to just
give him some time and we would see results. He had the numbers 4, 8
and 12 and a few words written on a chalkboard that he explained in
a very insightful way. “Give me 4 weeks with you attending these 45
minute classes 3 times a week and you will see results. Give me 8
weeks of your time and your significant other and close friends will
see results. Finally give me 12 weeks of your time and everybody
will see the results.”
The two new owners also came up with the name Industry Fitness by
pulling the words and the definitions right out of the dictionary.
If you look up the word industry you will find one of the meanings
to be “hard work,” while fitness is “the condition of being
physically fit and healthy.” Putting the two together is very clever
and when you add the likes of Abraham Lincoln in the logo that’s
downright genius. Bobell explained that both her and Stewart have
always liked Abraham Lincoln and so this was certainly a perfect fit
for their business.
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Josh Stewart jokes
after class with J’ne Kanady and Melanie Hinson following the first
workout at Industry Fitness late Monday afternoon.
Even Lincoln would like the hours. Since both Stewart and Bobell
work full-time jobs, much like the 16th president did, Industry
Fitness is starting out with evening classes to accommodate folks
right now. They anticipate adding morning and afternoon classes in
the future and will even look into a Saturday schedule. “Usually
summertime gets a little hectic for people, and then we will start
opening up more classes as summertime ends. We will open up some
morning classes and possibly some afternoon classes and just rotate
them in,” said Stewart.
"On the weekends, Saturdays are tentative right now just because I
travel doing refereeing of mixed martial arts and kickboxing.” For
those of you who may not be familiar with Stewart’s history, he did
compete for 12 years in the mixed martial arts and kickboxing
In 2013 Stewart fractured his sternum while training and that “ended
everything immediately,” he said. Yet, Stewart moves well today,
saying, “Well, it’s all healed and that was three years ago.”
What you see today is one tough dude, but beyond that muscular
exterior is a kind-hearted guy passionate about helping others. So
whether you are looking to tone-up, lose weight or simply relieve
stress, Industry Fitness has the class for you and it is located
right on the square in Mount Pulaski at 102 South Washington Street,
once the location of Buff’s Family Restaurant.
The schedule for the FREE classes the rest of this week is as
Tuesday and Thursday
4:30 - 5:15 p.m.
5:45 - 6:30 p.m.
7:30 - 8:15 p.m.
7:00 p.m. (This class is a Competitive Fitness Class that will
consist of submission wrestling, Muay Thai and Kickboxing
techniques. It is a little more hands on and for those who are
interested in self-defense.)
All that is required for you to bring is a positive attitude, tennis
shoes and boxing gloves, if you have them. The t-shirts featuring
Abraham Lincoln incorporated in the logo will also be available for
purchase in the future.
The new business owners also provide informational and inspirational
quotes and articles that feature interesting facts like “Sugar is
seven times harder to come off than Heroin."
If you prefer to use email, the address is email@example.com