Farmington gym helps kids make it to college

Posted at: 12/05/2013 5:08 PM
Updated at: 12/05/2013 5:38 PM
By: Ashley McElroy, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Gym Lou’s in Farmington is more than just about building muscles...

They want to help build the lives of local kids.

Gym Lou’s is already involved in many projects in the community... Now they're tackling another one.

The gym just received a 600 thousand dollar grant to help students start their own business in the fitness industry.

They want to target kids who might not be able to go to college.

"We are trying to create jobs in San Juan County and we are trying to help kids to make their own business so they can have an income for the rest of their lives," Asli Basegmez, program manager for Capacity Builder’s Inc. the company that runs Gym Lou’s

The first half of the program will help students learn how to become personal trainers.

Not only will they get their personal training certificate, they'll also learn how to run a business so they can open their own gym one day.

The second half of the program will be an internship at the gym to help them build their business.

"We’re going to help them establish their own business and get their clientele," said Basegmez.

The grant will cover 3 years, and in that time gym Lou’s hopes to train 30 students.

"There’s really a great need for both personal training and business development services," said Rachel Nawrocki the regional coordinator for Capacity Builder’s Inc.