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The story starts in 1982, in the 8th grade my gym teacher called me fat for the last time.  No sooner the words got out of his mouth that I immediately demanded that he meet me after school to help me. It was then that he made up a workout for me and showed me how to workout.  After that I was hooked.  I absolutely fell in love with it.  Not to mention that it went hand in hand with my other love, playing football.  From that time on to when I graduated from Wayne State College where I became an All-American Linebacker, I understood the power of dreaming, goal setting, goal achievement and what working out can do for a person.  It was through working out and playing football which allowed me as a young kid to develop discipline, dare to dream, cultivate desire and develop set skills that later would carryover to real life where those skills have allowed me to live my dreams out.  For me it all started with that first real workout.  So I have always been fond of helping others with the fitness programs. So after graduation from college I started teaching and coaching.  I also worked part time at a local gym as a personal trainer.  After 16 months or so I decided that I like teaching but I loved personal training and teaching people about fitness.  Shortly I went full time at the gym and absolutely loved it.  I moved up rapidly through the ranks into management.  Once there, I observed how not to treat people and how customers reacted to certain management styles that was detrimental to business.  It was at that time I began to dream that maybe, just maybe one day I would be able to provide people the type of service that they expected and deserved.  So after word got out that I wanted to open my own gym the GM of the facility called me in and said why I didn't tell him.  I told him that he was not the type of person that you share your dreams with.  After that he told me that I could never manage my own gym and that he wouldn't want me to be associated with his organization.  So with that in mind I gave him my two week notice and left work that day and went straight to the Small Business Association with not two nickels in my pocket but I was on a mission.  I don't come from money so I had to borrow over 1.3 million dollars to get started and with the help of a group of very special people (Kirk Gardner, Joe Vogel, Mike and Joni Lake, Gary Plata and Troy Hodge) I formed a Nebraska based corporation in Sept of 1995 and licensed the name Powerhouse Gym from Powerhouse Gyms International.

On June 1, 1996 we officially opened our 20000 sq.ft. gym for business and I fulfilled dream of providing the community where I grew up with a superior equipped fitness facility that people can go to workout and get treated like family. I believe with providing the correct environment combined with equipping your facility with enough and the best equipment selection then anyone can dare to dream and achieve their individual fitness goals from young to old, athletic or weekend warrior.  My team and I can make a difference in people's lives.  I have sold many memberships where our facility was the first workout that members have  ever had and everytime it reminds me of my past and how much responsibility my team and I have to each person that walks through our door that I meet. That first workout with us could be the beginning of something beautiful and great for that member.

In the fall of 2010 I decided that our business had grown in such a way that the name Powerhouse Gym did not represent what our business had become or the members that we service.  So staying true to my beliefs and following my heart, I decided to change the name of my business to Bob's Fitness Center - "Your Neighborhood Gym".  I feel that the name fits who really are today.  I really enjoy the intimacy that me and my team can have from day to day operational contact with our members.  I have always had aspirations of providing our level of service and equipment selection to other communities than the Bellevue/South Omaha community, but if in my lifetime, I only own one gym and it is our gym in Bellevue where me and my team can service our neighbors and our friends than I have had a great life and one that my family can be proud of me for.
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I know that our members really appreciate being able to talk to me.  As many of you know I am not pretentious by any means and I love our members.  I really enjoy listening to what their thoughts, idea's, and concerns are about our gym.  I love our gym and members so much that I will do whatever I can to ensure that they have a great place to workout. ​​​​​​​​
In 2013 we expanded our facility by adding a 7000 sq.ft. CrossFit Room and a 3000 square foot specialty strength room for the Powerlifting/Strongman Enthusiasts.  At the time we established a license CrossFit Affiliate : CrossFit BFC  and our CrossFit room had every piece of equipment that a stand alone CrossFit Box had.  After a 18 months we decided to drop the affiliate and open the room up to all of our members all of the time.  It has been very well received and more of our members are exposed to different types of equipment and training.   the Specialty Strength Room  was put together for the strongman/powerlifting enthusiasts.  This area is located in the back of our gym and some what isolated so that our members that compete in Powerlifting Competitions have the ability to mimic the Competition day prep.  This area provides equipment from Elite FTS, HammerStrength, Legend Fitness, Rogue, Westside Barbell, Ivanko and Texas Power Systems.  Any person wanting to train for a competition or just want to workout on what the pro's do, we got you covered. 

In 2018 We expanded our facilty two times.  The First expansion we added 2000 square foot on to our 7000 sq. ft. Cross Fit Room. Which allowed us to add additional unique Cardio equipment and most importantly we freed up workout floor space which allows us to accomidate more members using the CrossFit Room at the same time.  In addition we added a Private Cardio Theater Room.  The room is different from the rest of the gym. The room has a different finish and  is kept dark, private and has a small selection of Cardio equipment.  This room has 3 large High Definition TV's that the members control the programming so they can watch their preferred programming.  The room also features Blue tooth technology that allows you to listen to the program you are watching on the your smart phone, ear buds, or blue tooth headphones.  We also remodeled our existing group exercise room.  We turned it into a multipurpose room which included  additionl stretching equipment, boxing equipment:  professional speed bags, double endeed bags and specialty heavy bags. We also put in motivational quote boards through the facility.  
The 2nd expansion we added BOB's Signature Leg Room and BOB's Signature Butt Room.  These rooms are a part of the gym but have their own space. The Leg Room has over 28 pieces of the best biomechanical equipment in the market from a variety of manufacturers like Rogue, Ivanko, Rogers Athletic, Prime, Flex, Hammer Strength , Nebula, Cybex, and Arsenal Fitness.   In addition to this equipment we still have our selectorized equipment area, our 30 minute BOB's Express equipment area, our CrossFit Room Area and Our Specialty Strength Room Equipment area.  So through out our entire facility there is well over 60 pieces of Leg Strength equipment.  To finish out the 2nd expansion we added The BOB's Signature Butt Room.  That is right a room dedicated to glute equipment.  We have over 13 pieces of equipment to work your butt from manufactures like Leg Tech, Rogers Althetic, Legend Fitness, Life Fitness, Hammer Strength, Westside barbell, Nautilus, Booty Builder, and  Dynavex Gluteator.

Where We Are Today:
We are committed as ever.  We are dedicated to members and constant improvement on our daily operatations and continue our pursuit to have "The Ultimate Workout Facility!".  We have a great team of people that are committed to our surrounding communities and providing our members the best possible experience.  Over the last 23 years,  we have serviced over 30000 members and are an integral part of the Bellevue and South Omaha Communities.  We are proud sponsors of the Bellevue University Athletic Programs, Special Olympics, Bellevue and Omaha Schools, .and other various churches and organizations around our community.  We continue to strive to impact peoples live on a daily basis.


 We have a wonderful team of people here at BOB's Fitness Complex: "The Ulitmate Workout Facility!" that truly care about our community, members, facility and their responsibilities.  We are very grateful for having the opportunity to follow our dreams and do what we love to do, HELP PEOPLE! We come to work everyday wanting to get better at our jobs and responsibilities to provide The Ulitmate Workout Facility. We strive very hard to provide our members with a positive experience every time they come to the gym.  We are available and open for suggestions because this is the only way to achieve greatness. We are knowledgeable and enjoy teaching our members about fitness.  Most importantly our team is trained on how to help you reach your fitness goals and have fun along the way. An important quality at BOB's Fitness Complex is the ability for members to get help.  Our team is ready to assist you through a variety of communications methods; email, phone, website, or the old fashioned way, at the front desk in the gym.  Our team is easily identified with BOB's Fitness Complex shirts and name tags. We are here for you!