Aug. 28—JOHNSTOWN, Pa. — Jamie Augustine, 18, is a powerlifting world file holder, licensed private coach, and now a brand new gymnasium proprietor within the Johnstown space.
This summer time, after graduating from North Star Excessive College with tutorial honors, she opened Pure Match LLC — an all-female, class-based gymnasium at 119 Jari Drive in Richland Township.
Augustine, of Boswell, additionally manufactures what she calls inexpensive weights for house gyms.
“Via COVID, costs of weights skyrocketed as a result of everybody was attempting to make their house gymnasium,” she stated.
The pandemic triggered the closure of gyms in 2020. Augustine was then a sophomore scholar and powerlifter at North Star Excessive College.
“We could not work out on the college gymnasium due to COVID, so I used to be attempting to construct a house gymnasium and every thing was simply insanely costly,” she stated.
“We discovered you would purchase molds and pour concrete and make concrete weights. So, that is a part of my enterprise now — promoting these weights.”
She’s growing the load manufacturing a part of her operation as she builds her consumer base for her lifting lessons.
On the Pure Match gymnasium studio, splashed with pure gentle and crammed with free weights and gear, she gives lessons 4 days per week of various intensities for girls ages 20 to 55.
Augustine’s religion can be infused within the enterprise, she stated. On Sundays, she gives a stretch and mobility worship class.
“A few of my purchasers have objectives for weight reduction they usually wish to have an incredible area to get wholesome generally,” she stated.
“They really feel comfy in coming right here. That is what I wish to present. I would like a spot the place they really feel comfy.”
As a licensed private coach, Augustine writes the gymnasium’s packages and teaches the lessons whereas additionally offering particular person plans for purchasers.
“It is not the 24/7 gymnasium, the place you need to determine it out — I am your teacher. I make the exercise, train it, assist you to get by it,” she stated.
She earned Nationwide Academy of Sports activities Drugs certification by a program provided by the Higher Johns-town Profession and Know-how Heart.
“The summer time earlier than my senior 12 months, the Johnstown vo-tech introduced they have been having a sports activities drugs program that they by no means had earlier than,” she stated. “I went for it as a result of, earlier than that, I used to be doing powerlifting competitions since tenth grade.”
Augustine received the 100% RAW Powerlifting Federation Ladies’s Light-weight Division World Championship in York in 2021.
“It has been my ardour. My love by highschool,” she stated. “I’ve performed loopy issues in lifting, however I simply did not know the way I would make it my profession till I received into the vo-tech sports activities med program.”
Her father, John Augustine, is administrative director of the GJCTC. She stated each of her dad and mom have supported her post-high college plans.
Nonetheless, as an honors scholar, forgoing school shocked her friends, she stated.
“Everybody was speaking about school plans like, ‘The place are you going, Jamie? The place are you going?’ And I am identical to, ‘Uh, I do not know but’ — as a result of, actually, I used to be so embarrassed at first that I wasn’t going to school,” she stated. “I simply felt a lot that I needed to go to school my complete life.”
She stated she believes the worth of a vo-tech training is underestimated by a college-obsessed tradition.
“These vo-tech graduates are popping out of highschool making $50,000 a 12 months, and I got here out of the vo-tech and opened up my very own enterprise,” she stated.
Opening a enterprise is loads of heavy lifting for an 18-year-old. However her dad and mom have supported her, helped her discover the situation the place she opened and noticed her financially.
“I had my complete life financial savings from babysitting to begin this, however my dad and mom have been in a position to assist me, too. I am tremendous blessed to have the ability to have that assist, as a result of I am undecided I would have the ability to do it with out them.”
She’s additionally leaned on entrepreneur teaching companies from Startup Alleghenies, a free program of the Southern Alleghenies Planning and Growth Fee and ARC POWER funding.
She related with Startup Alleghenies coach Blake Fleegle, who offered a marketing strategy.
Fleegle stated he was impressed by her drive.
“Jamie’s mixture of health and enterprise smarts makes her poised to develop into an unbelievable success story for our area,” he stated.