WAYNESBORO-They wanted to help local charities. The idea was to go beyond collecting food or something of that nature and to really aim high, to do a large project. And so, the staff at Waynesboro’s Shenandoah Powerhouse Gym set a goal of $6,000 to raise for five local charities earlier this month, as part of their “Make Every Rep Count” event.
“We wanted to put something together that would be like what we do day in and day out, which is lifting,” Wayne Williams, Powerhouse Gym owner, said. “We wanted to do a competition where ladies could lift. They would earn sponsorships throughout the community from local businesses. Those local businesses would pledge different amounts for each pound or each lift.”
Williams and his staff reached out to other gyms, to groups like the Waynesboro YMCA, Crossfit, Anytime Fitness and Staunton Health and Fitness, along with local businesses. They recruited 20 women from places like Charlottesville, Staunton and here in Waynesboro, to basically work out for charity.
Williams mentioned that not only was this for Powerhouse, but they wanted to include everyone.
“We got agreements from other gyms to send athletes,” he said. “We sought out judges and athletes from Charlottesville and Staunton and everywhere in between. We wanted it to be bigger than just Powerhouse, we wanted it to be a community thing where the local gyms could come together.”
The women competed in three classes, including 125 lbs, 150 lbs and the unlimited category, to see who could lift the most weight. Each of the women went through the community and collected sponsors, who agreed to pay based on how many reps each one did. That included things like the squat, the deadlift, the bench press and power clean, among others. It wasn’t long, however, before the group met and passed the original goal. When all was said and done, the fundraiser collected $6,200. That money then was split up among five local charities, including the Waynesboro Boys and Girls Club, the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, the Waynesboro Learning and Technology Center, the MaDee Project and Valley Young Life.
Shenandoah Powerhouse has been in the city since 2009, when Williams and his wife Lindsey started looking for places to open up a fitness center.
“We thought Waynesboro would be a fantastic place to start a fitness center,” Williams said. “We love the area and we thought it was a market open for us. Powerhouse is the only family owned corporate gym that's out there and it just made a lot of sense. They give us a lot of flexibility to do what we want to serve our community.”