For nine years, Sierra Kerlee could be found working at
EZ Thai, a great restaurant in Coos Bay. Flash forward to today,
and she’s proudly celebrating being the owner of Power
Women’s Fitness Center for over a year now.
I asked Sierra how many employees work at Power
Women’s Fitness Center. “We actually use a volunteer
program here” Sierra replied, “which is really nice, being
a small business. I have some people who volunteer a few hours a
week to get their dues paid for. It’s a win-win
situation… they bring fresh minds and perspectives, I save
money, and it helps this gym be more connected to the community.”
Sierra has lived in Coos Bay most of her life,
graduating from Marshfield High School in 2008. “My
inspiration for starting this gym is rooted in sports, mostly
basketball, which I played while in high school,” said
Sierra. “I attended SWOCC, pursuing a Bachelor’s
degree in physical education, while taking on being a mom, wife and
manager at EZ Thai. I eventually obtained my personal trainer
certification. And I’ve always wanted to own my own gym, so
here I am!”
The southern Oregon coastal community has given Sierra a
lot of much-appreciated support in her endeavors. “This
community has been great to work in,” said Sierra.
“We try to stay involved…we’re on the Wine Walk, we
do lots of events like donating money for every new membership in
October to support breast cancer, we have monthly games to promote
local businesses…our new members get gift certificates and other
little goodies from local business when they join…and we always
give free tours of our facility to anyone who is interested.”
Although Power Women’s Fitness Center is a
women-only gym, Sierra says men also visit to see if her facility is a
good place for their wives or daughters to attend.
“It’s good to get men in here to see our place, see that
it’s safe for their wives and daughters to work out and get
fit,” Sierra explained.
“We try and integrate the social interaction of
belonging to a gym with physical exercise,” said Sierra.
“It’s important for us to get to personally know each of
our members. I let them test our fitness equipment, do demonstrations
for them, etc. We have circuit equipment ranging from strength to
cardio training, free weights, balls, a steam room, shower facilities,
and a dressing room, where there is a clothing exchange. The members
can bring clothing, nonperishable food items and toiletries for the
local ARK project (At Risk Kids and families).
How about classes at Power Women’s Fitness
Center? “One of more popular classes is a belly-fit class,
which is a belly dance-inspired cardio class. It burns calories
and is a lot of fun!” Sierra replied. “We also have
yoga classes on Wednesdays, which my mom teaches. This is really
a family-run business. The yoga class caters to mostly seniors;
it’s comprised of chair and floor yoga, which alternate every
other week. And we’re always on the lookout for instructors
who are certified in Zumba, aerobics or cardio classes.”
Sierra Kerlee owner of Power Women’s Fitness Center for over a year now.
I asked Sierra to describe her typical customer. “We get a lot of
women who want to work out in a less competitive, more relaxed place,”
Sierra replied. “We welcome women of all ages, but I would say that
more than half my clients are seniors. But we get a lot of younger
women, too. All my customers are very respectful and mindful of the
other clients. I really try to make this place a good experience for
people, and it must work, because they keep coming back!”
future plans for Power Women’s Fitness, starting in the winter term of
2017 they will be taking interns pursuing a career in business,
physical education, and/or administrative services. “This will bring
additional support and cohesiveness within the community,” said Sierra.
Sierra says that she enjoys advertising her gym in the South Coast
Shopper because “They have very reasonable rates, and great overall
exposure…everybody reads the Shopper - it’s free – which makes it very
Power Women’s Fitness Center is a place where women
can work out, get more in tune with their health and physical wellness,
and feel better about themselves. “I like to think that I’m helping
both our community and the women in it thrive,” said Sierra. “We need
to work together for the health of both our community and ourselves.”
gym is located at 383 Anderson Avenue in Coos Bay. They’re open Monday
– Friday from 6am to 7pm, Saturday from 9am to 3pm, and closed
Sundays. On Monday nights their belly-fit class is held from 7-8pm.
Their phone number is 541-267-1628.
“I believe that being healthy
shouldn’t have to be expensive,” Sierra finished. “My gym is a positive
outlet, and I like to keep things inexpensive. This place is a good
way to stay healthy when it’s raining cats and dogs outside, and it
won’t break your budget!”