A Palmerton training center continues to grow by leaps and bounds.
In honor of its expansion, Dedicated Fitness, located at 450 Delaware Avenue, will hold a celebration at its facility from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Those who attend can receive discounts and free giveaways, according to owner Kerri Jahelka, who said the expansion includes a turf area for ladder and cone drills.
Jahelka opened the gym eight years ago. Since then, its grown from 250-square-feet and 30 members, to 7,000-square-feet and over 300 members, while the staff has grown from just Jahelka to eight trainers/instructors, she said.
"Our new expansion area is for our youth sports program that's held after school," Jahelka said. "It has gotten so big, that we don't fit into our current space."
Jahelka said the facility emphasizes sports performance strategies to work on strength, speed, power, agility, and balance.
"A lot of my members and trainers that have gone through know what Dedicated Fitness is," she said. "We're a very laid back facility, very welcoming, and people that don't know how to use a gym should come to our gym because we teach them how to use our gym."
The gym area is a complete, full gym open from 4 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. every day, holidays included, with the use of a key card system.
A Student Center offers camps and clinics, and currently works with the Palmerton High School boys and girls basketball teams, Palmerton Booster Club football, and the Palmerton Youth Wrestling program. It has also worked with local athletes who have gone on to become state qualifiers and champions in various sports.
The facility offers a wide variety of group classes that have produced adult athletic competitors such as runners and Tri-and biathletes, Jahelka said.
Jahelka said Dedicated Fitness is more than just a place for people to come exercise.
"We take the boredom out of exercise because we empower our people," she said. "It's a place where, yes, you're going to lose weight, and get in shape, but you're also going to feel so well physically and mentally."