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Family turns old Children's Learning Center building into fitness training center.

SUSAN MATHENY/MADRAS PIONEER - Jacob Mahurin does some weight lifting in one of the gym's three workout rooms.Jeremiah Mahurin and his sons Jacob and Derek opened Barbell Benders fitness center in August, after remodeling their building inside and out.

Located west of the Texaco station, in the old Children's Learning Center building, Barbell Benders has fresh paint, rubber flooring throughout, and three rooms full of exercise equipment.

"We're like an old-school gym, where you aren't just sitting on machines," Jeremiah Mahurin said.

Jacob Mahurin, who has taken exercise kinesiology courses at Central Oregon Community College, added, "We focus on functional training movements for people to get their entire bodies moving."

Some of their equipment includes barbells, kettlebells, slam balls, treadmills, and a cable crossover machine.

Jeremiah Mahurin said he logged in the McMinnville area for 13 years, then worked at the Les Schwab Distribution Center, and now works at Deer Ridge Correctional Institution. He and son, Jacob, who also works at the prison, both live in Prineville, while son Derek lives in Madras and staffs the gym.

"Madras was a convenient location for us, so we decided to open here," Jeremiah Mahurin said, noting they are still keeping their regular jobs, but can operate the business seven days a week because they work different shifts.

He has past business experience, because his wife, Kristine, owned a clothing store in McMinnville in the 1990s. She now works as a hospice nurse.

Barbell Benders is staffed from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week. Those who sign up for a membership receive a chip, so they can access the building 24 hours a day. Membership rates are $30 per month, or $20 per month for those who sign up for a one-year contract.

Drop by and check out the center at 108 SW D St., Madras, or call 503-910-4506 for more information.

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