A performance gym specializing in powerlifting, Olympic lifting and athletic training is slated to open in August at 3817 Nazareth Pike in Bethlehem Township.
Cindy Miller and Amy Hawley of SVN Imperial Realty in South Whitehall Township served as the brokers representing the property owner and the tenant in the transaction.
Miller said Optimum Performance Center, owned and operated by Michael Gaugler of Gaugler Training, will occupy the space. Gaugler is renovating the interior of the space, which is a 5,400-square-foot unit in suite 201 in the Bethlehem Commerce Plaza off Linden Street.
The renovations include adding AstroTurf for activities such as flipping tires and pushing or pulling sleds, as well as speed and agility training.
The gym will include specialized training equipment such as Rogue power racks, Rogue deadlift platforms and safety squat bars. In addition, the gym will have two reverse hyper machines that provide traction and strengthen the spine at the same time, and a belt squat machine designed to take the load off the spine while squatting and help users build lower body power without stressing their backs. The gym will also have an inverse curl machine to develop the hamstrings. In addition, the gym will have jump stretch bands and lifting chains for accommodating resistance to help users with increased speed and power output.
Gaugler said people would not find this type of equipment in commercial gyms, noting that the equipment is designed to reduce injuries and get people functionally strong.
“I train anybody like an athlete, whether you are an average person or an athlete,” said Gaugler, who worked as the strength and conditioning coach for Coordinated Health for almost 13 years.
He decided to branch out onto his own after a suggestion from a client.
His training methods focus on teaching people how to be explosive in all planes of movement. In addition, he will use technology that will evaluate each member’s mobility and flexibility, and he will use that data to create customized exercise programs.
He admitted that opening his own center is both nerve wracking and exciting.
His wife, Michelle, is handling the business side and he plans to conduct all the training himself and possibly add a trainer in three months.
The gym will offer several levels of membership, including adult training and fitness classes, youth training for sports and athletic performance, and general membership and personal training.
For general membership the cost is $70 per month, for unlimited classes and general membership, the cost is $120 per month and for unlimited classes and six personal training sessions, the cost is $140 per month.