Powerhouse Fitness: Row for the Gold with Olympic-level trainers

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jack-nunn-powerhouse-fitness rowing spinning spotlightEverythingLongBeach recently spoke with Jack Nunn, Owner of Powerhouse Fitness, via email. They talked about inspirations, challenges and what’s it’s like having a fitness business in Long Beach.

How long have you been in business?:

1 month

Describe Powerhouse Fitness. How do you help your clients?

The chances of becoming an Olympian are probably slim, but hey, you can still train like one.

Power House Fitness offers Rowbics Indoor rowing classes, taught by U.S. National Team rowers. It is the new sport of choice in Long Beach (and the only place you can try it). Inside the boathouse and studio anyone can take the one-hour indoor rowing classes paired with strength training techniques. The benefits? Rowing burns up to 800 calories an hour (that’s more than running), and because it’s no impact, it’s easy on the knees.

Why did you start Powerhouse Fitness?

I created Powerhouse Fitness after winning numerous medals in various rowing events on the international stage. I bought the rights to the Rowbics franchise program because I wanted to make a difference in peoples lives. I wanted to spread the knowledge and technique of rowing and most of all… make it fun!

What makes Powerhouse fitness stand out?

Some of our top instructors are Olympians and U.S. National Team rowing members. The positive energy in our group exercise class is amazing. Everyone wants to look for that next challenge and get the best workout possible.

It has always been my dream to bring the passion and commitment of rowing to those who are willing to put in the time and effort!  We are excited to train, teach, and grow with each and every member of Power House Fitness.

What is the biggest success Powerhouse Fitness has had?

Opening Power House Fitness Inc. is a dream come true. Changing peoples lives one minute, one song, and one class at a time. Working out, having fun and burning tons of calories while doing the sport I love. Rowing!

What is your favorite part of running your business?

Watching all the members smile. And, doing a completely different exercise from the normal routine that makes every workout so fun and satisfying!

What are the biggest challenges you face?

Advertising… getting the word out to the city of Long Beach and beyond that there is a new workout in town.

Rowing is a complete body workout and uses 70 perent legs, which is contrary to the belief that rowing is all arms. It’s very low-impact and is great for lean muscle tone and general weight loss. It’s addictive, fun, and effective! Move over spinning, running, and boring core/strength routines. Rowing is the best workout on the planet.

What unique talents do you bring to Powerhouse Fitness?

I started rowing in 1996 for Long Beach Juniors and made the 1997 U.S. Junior National Team Selection Camp. I attended UC Berkeley, winning four Pac-10 Championships and three National Championships in rowing. I was a member of the first ever undefeated Pac-10 and National Champion Freshman 8 in 1998 and repeated the feat by going unbeaten in 1999. I also played two seasons with the Cal Ice Hockey Team before graduating in 2001.

I was a member of the U.S. National Rowing Team that won a silver medal at the 2001 World Championships in Austria, a silver at US National Championships in 2002 and silver in the Pan Am Trials in 2003. I have been teaching group exercise classes for 5 years.

  • Master Trainer in Rowing Since 2007
  • Spinning and Schwinn certified through Equinox, Spectrum, Gold’s, and 24 Hour Fitness!
  • In 2008 and 2009 I competed in two international Full-Ironman competitions in Nice, France and Florianopolis, Brazil.
  • Over 3000 hours of group exercise class experience!

How is Powerhouse Fitness involved with the community?

I began my first year as an assistant volunteer coach at Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles in 2008, where I worked primarily with the men’s novice crew. In 2009 and the winter of 2010 I helped the Long Beach Junior Men’s Varsity Team with their rowing technique and strength on the rowing machine in order to get an edge in acceptance from exclusive Universities around the U.S.

Do you have any future plans for Powerhouse Fitness?

I plan to be on the cutting edge of group fitness training and technology by using not only the best rowing machine on the market, Concept 2, but also incorporating RowPro!

RowPro is next-generation software for indoor rowing, designed exclusively for Concept2 Indoor Rowers by Digital Rowing. RowPro has a 3D graphics display, plus training plans, a 3D coaching clinic, a built-in rowing log, and much more all on a big-screen T.V.  It has venue Racing with up to 16 Indoor Rowers at a time. Basically it’s like rowing in a video game.

What is the best advice that you received and who did it come from?

“What’s possible is what YOU think is possible”
— My father, John Nunn

John Nunn started rowing in 1962 at Cornell University where he won two National Championships.  In 1967 and 1971 he won a silver medal in the single event in the Pan Am games.  In 1968, John won a bronze medal at the Olympic Games in Mexico and was the US Olympic rowing coach for the Montreal summer games in 1976.  If there is any testament to rowing John ran for 20 plus years!  In that time John participated in 7 marathons but went back to rowing because he realized it was a sport he could commit to for life. The high impact of running had destroyed his knees and back!

One Last Thing:

As we continue to build and grow the Powerhouse Fitness program here at the boathouse I look forward to helping Long Beach achieve their fitness goals sooner than expected!

Powerhouse Fitness Details:

  • Address: Boathouse Location  5750 Boathouse Lane
  • Address: Warehouse Location 1347 Loma Street
  • Phone Number:  310-971-3191
  • Website: www.powerhousefit.com


One Response to “Powerhouse Fitness: Row for the Gold with Olympic-level trainers”
  1. K. Dragovich says:

    I have taken Rowbics classes from Jack for over 3 years. He brings an energy and eagerness to work hard and it transmits to each person in class. Jack always has stories from his collegiate and international experiences that inspire. He coaches us to work harder, set goals, graduate to the next weight. Yes, weights are incorporated into the workouts as are a series of squats that you will remember for a while. Take a class and feel younger, stronger, more confident and maybe even a little like an athlete!