Powerhouse calling weekend warriors to make resolutions

Published 8:03 am Wednesday, January 12, 2011

PORT NECHES — Weekend warriors make New Year’s resolutions, too.

Susan McGuire invites them over to her place, the new Powerhouse Gym in Port Neches. She and Mike Owens opened the spacious gym on Nall Street last week and hope to capture attention from the masses yearning to be fit.

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For 26 years McGuire said she’s taught and managed in the fitness industry and Owns has spent nearly a decade as a personal trainer. The pair said they plan to cater to members as soon as they walk in the door. A solution to a goal is listening to the client to create a comfort level, McGuire said.

Those looking to play better football, lift with more power or train like an athlete are welcome to Powerhouse, she said. Facilities will be up to date and clean, owners said.

“I promise you that,” McGuire said.

Her advice to those who join the pledge to move more after Jan. 1 is to combine cardio vascular training  with moves for flexibility and consider nutrition. This will ‘create a balance in wellness,” she said.

Powerhouse includes an infrared sauna that uses dry heat to stimulate the core. Members may participate in Les Mills Group Fitness classes, work on treadmills and spin machines and study mixed martial arts.

The martial arts instruction will combine boxing,  jujitzu and other moves. Owens said one area will offer 15 to 17 punching bags.

Cindy Westphal of Nederland said the 70 something pounds she’s lost have changed her outlook in many areas of life and has helped her gain confidence. Owens said that “listening to the client” involved several long conversations with Westphal and letting know she could accomplish her goals.

“These are the kind of people that are just very thankful,” Owens said.

Westphal, 47, said shaping up is “not for sissies” and considers herself to be the best shape she’s been in for her whole life.

“It’s a total thing. It’s about dedication to the work out and dedication to the nutrition,” she said.

She said it has paid off in several ways, and smaller clothing sizes is just one.

“I’m in single digit pants,” she said.