A new fitness center is open in Alamo. Called Body by Summer, it is run by Alamo resident Summer Pearce.
It is a facility filled with exercise equipment actually in a room that was once a two-car garage at the Pearce home on the corner of Box Canyon and Wilson Road in Alamo, just opposite the Little League field.
?It started last August,? Pearce said, when she got her personal trainers license, ?and Mike Strong (PVHS principal) gave me the equipment from the high school gym. They didn?t want the weight room anymore, and he offered to give me the equipment. I had posted on Facebook what I did have, and that I was starting this new personal business. Mike saw that and called me and asked me to look at what he had. I took it all.?
It?s really a trade out, Pearce explained. ?because in turn, I allow the high school kids to use it at no charge, especially the athletes.?
Strong said the school did not want to have a community weight room anymore. ?Most of the equipment had been donated to us or had been purchased several years earlier. Since Summer was going to do a community fitness program, I thought that we could help her in her effort, because we had a number of people from the community coming here also. In fact, it was being used more by townspeople than it was by students.?
In giving the equipment to Pearce, Strong said, ?If we still had our own athletes who wanted to work out, they would have a place to go to. It would work out good for everybody.?
Pearce said, ?I have cardio, weights, treadmills, pretty much everything that a gym would need. I have paying members, too.?
In addition, some of the kids from the KW Legacy Ranch in Hiko are brought to the center occasionally for workout sessions. ?I have quite a few people who come and use it so far,? she said. ?It?s been pretty much word of mouth. I haven?t really advertised it much. I was a personal trainer some years ago at the Las Vegas Athletic Club, but stopped when I started raising a family, and now I thought I would like to get back into it. It has expanded more than I thought. I wasn?t planning on opening a gym, but with all this equipment, no sense to just let it sit there.?
Body by Summer is open 5 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week, with a membership fee of $15 a month.
Pearce is in process of getting a special use permit from the county to allow her to have a commercial business in an area zoned residential.
At the gym, Pearce may help guide the person through a workout, or give them a schedule and routine they can follow at their own convenience. If they don?t know how to use the equipment, she can give instruction. ?Everybody has been so respectful of the building. If they might have music playing that is a little too loud for my neighbors, or even for me in the house, I can tell them to turn it down to a decent level. If I can hear it, my neighbors can, too.?
Since people have their own key to the center, they can come and go as they please. ?I monitor things, and make sure everybody has parked in the right place, not in the roadway,?she said. ?Everybody has been really good about it.?
Pearce said she will continue to serve as the front desk supervisor at the Rapport International Center in Alamo.
For more information on the fitness center, contact her at the fitness center on the Body by Summer Facebook web address, or call 775-962-3261.