Iron Oxygen Launches Youth Fitness Initiative
Middle schoolers, high schoolers to receive free gym access this summer
A survey of Coach Deena Pribonic's 30 McDowell cheerleaders revealed that exactly none of them had a gym membership. Access to complimentary gym memberships revealed that once engaged, high schoolers put them to good use.
That gym, Iron Oxygen Fitness, just so happens to be co-owned by Pribonic's husband (Matt) and brother-in-law (Anthony). The positive feedback was Matt's "epiphany" to extend that free membership offer to all Erie middle and high school students. "The high schoolers of today are not gym ready and not gym interested," he said, before noting how quickly that can change with a little initiative
That's why when Iron Oxygen reopens in mid-June (roughly estimated), the club will welcome any Erie area student aged 13 to 17 free of charge. Students must have their IDs handy and be accompanied by a parent or guardian on first visit. From there, they only must agree to two orientation sessions (safety, etiquette, and best practices) before enjoying complimentary access to the fitness center through August 31.
For us older folks eager to either start anew or get back at it, the club is also offering new members their first two months free (with a complimentary week at Level Red Boxing and gift bag plus two free personal training sessions) and uninitiated friends or family of existing members free one-month trials. That's plenty of time to get a jump on growing or shrinking back to our desired pre-quarantine sizes accordingly.
Note that gym reopenings will correspond with the Green Phase of rebooting the state's economy, a date that has yet to take the stage and flex on us with any sort of definitive form.
Matt Swanseger (email@example.com) spent the majority of his first high school gym class playing table sports such as foosball and ping pong and was exactly as athletic as you'd expect.