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Former NFL Player to Open Fitness Franchise in State College

by on May 11, 2014 1:45 PM

A former NFL player is set to open a Power Train Sports & Fitness franchise in State College later this month.

Juqua Parker, who spent 12 seasons in the pros, played for the Philadelphia Eagles, Tennessee Titans and Cleveland Browns.

He plans to open the new fitness center at the Hills Plaza on South Atherton Street on May 16.

Steve Saunders, founder and president of Power Train Sports & Fitness, told that Parker was previously Saunders' client and expressed interest in opening his own shop. It will be the 15th location for the chain.

The other facilities are scattered across six states, including Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey.

Saunders says Power Train Sports & Fitness is different than other gyms in that it offers individualized programs through small groups led by certified trainers.

"What really it amounts to is a personalized training service for a fraction of the price," Saunders says. "We're really hands on with our clients. ... Everybody that comes in the place gets treated like they are a pro-athlete."

Saunders says the gym is for everyone from pro-athletes to high school and youth athletes to senior golfers to housewives looking to lose a few extra pounds.

Saunders adds that Power Train Sports & Fitness is the "complete opposite" of other fitness centers that offer gimmicks and circuits.

"We're looking to have meaningful impact on each of our clients," he says.

Membership rates will range from $59 to $279 a month.

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