Power Women’s Fitness
Annette Langenstein, Staff
in the November 24, 2017 edition
For nine years, Sierra Kerlee could be found
EZ Thai, a great restaurant in Coos Bay. Flash forward to
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
program here” Sierra replied, “which is really
a small business. I have some people who volunteer a few
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
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
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
here I am!”
The southern Oregon coastal community has given
lot of much-appreciated support in her endeavors.
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
little goodies from local business when they join…and we
give free tours of our facility to anyone who is interested.”
Although Power Women’s Fitness Center is
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
it’s safe for their wives and daughters to work out and get
fit,” Sierra explained.
Kerlee owner of Power Women’s Fitness Center for over a year
“We try and integrate the social
belonging to a gym with physical exercise,” said Sierra.
“It’s important for us to get to personally know
our members. I let them test our fitness equipment, do demonstrations
for them, etc. We have circuit equipment ranging from
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
Center? “One of more popular classes is a belly-fit
which is a belly dance-inspired cardio class. It burns
and is a lot of fun!” Sierra replied. “We
yoga classes on Wednesdays, which my mom teaches. This is
a family-run business. The yoga class caters to mostly
it’s comprised of chair and floor yoga, which alternate every
other week. And we’re always on the lookout for
who are certified in Zumba, aerobics or cardio classes.”
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
Sierra replied. “We welcome women of all ages, but I would
more than half my clients are seniors. But we get a lot of
women, too. All my customers are very respectful and mindful
other clients. I really try to make this place a good
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
additional support and cohesiveness within the community,”
Sierra says that she enjoys advertising her gym in
the South Coast
Shopper because “They have very reasonable rates, and great
exposure…everybody reads the Shopper - it’s free
– which makes it very
Power Women’s Fitness Center is a place
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.
to work together for the health of both our community and
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
Sundays. On Monday nights their belly-fit class is held from
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
way to stay healthy when it’s raining cats and dogs outside,
won’t break your budget!”
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