A new fitness facility in McDowell is looking to make their members stronger and healthier.

Battleground Strength & Fitness opened July 4 on Rutherford Road in Marion. The facility has 24/7 hours, a sauna, group classes and a smoothie bar.

“We offer like a lot of value at the price point,” said Madalyn Davis, manager. “We have cardio equipment, its primarily free weights with squat racks, incline and decline benches, cable machines, dumbbell rack, a bunch of extra bars that we use in group classes.”

The standard membership is $30 a month per person, however, it offers a discounted membership for military, first responders and law enforcement for $20 a month, and for Baxter employees and teachers $25 a month. These rates will end starting Jan. 1 to a standard $30 a month for everyone, so locking these discounts in before Dec. 31 is key. Day pass rates are $5.

“Beginning of the year, we just want to make it all simpler, and that’s why it will be $30 for everyone, and offer as much value as we can at that price,” said Davis. “We will do family package with two people for $50 and four people its $90. We want to pack it full with good things that come with the gym.”

Cardio conditioning classes taught by Davis are four days a week, including a free community class Saturday at 9:30 a.m.

“It is strength-based exercises,” said Davis “We have access to the Peavine Trail and we are able to exercise on that as well. We like to stress that anybody can do it. A lot of people are scared of cross fit classes because they think they can’t do it, but anybody can do them.”

Davis said Battleground offers a different environment for some who like an edgier feel to a gym.

“I think it’s great that so many people have options now with ultimate goal is getting the county healthier,” she said. “For us, it is more of a harder edge to it. I do a lot of the training, it’s definitely my passion.”

Davis has a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and a master’s degree in strength and conditioning from Appalachian State University.

“In undergrad, I got my certification from the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a certified specialist,” she said.

Davis was a collegiate golfer with ASU for four years, and interned with the athletics department.

“I spent a year in my master’s program as an intern with the ASU Athletics Program,” she said. “I got to work with college athletes which was super neat. I learned a lot on how to coach people and program. I was also personal trainer at App working with general population of college students.”

Davis then served as a grad assistant at Country Day School working with high school students.

“Previously, I worked at Southern Ground Fitness working with people of the county,” said Davis. “I’ve learned how to program for different people because not everybody is a college athlete.”

Davis also has a passion for powerlifting. She set a press records for her weight class at the U.S. Strengthlifting Federation. She has a powerlifting meeting Nov. 2. She can bench about 190, but has maxed out at 225 weighing only 150 pounds.

“I love lifting, and that’s where I think that my education and experience helps me have a different view and that helps me bring value to the gym,” said Davis. “I want to bring value to the members. Being in this position coming out of college, I’m super grateful for this position to help grow the gym. I love training people and that’s my passion, but I’m also learning a ton. I certainly don’t know everything.”

On Halloween, Battleground is hosting a Day of the Deadlift competition with a top prize of $100. Each person will have three attempts to lift the most weight. Prizes will be awards for the best lift between men and women, but the person with the highest score wins. You don’t have to be a member to compete. Competition will start at 6:30 p.m. Halloween. Registration is taken at the front desk. Prizes will be awarded for the best costume.

The gym is having a Turkey Trot on Nov. 30 starting at 9 a.m. The cost is $25 and will include a T-shirt and prizes for first place in men’s and women’s. Participants will start at the gym and run the length of the Peavine Trail, about a 3-mile run. When they return, there will be apple cider and hot coffee waiting on them.

To learn more, visit battlegroundstrengthandfitness.com or find them on Facebook or Instagram. It can be contacted through email at info@battlegroundstrengthandfitness.com or by calling 559-2118. Battleground is at 1735 Rutherford Road in Marion.

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