“It was very, very important to me as one of the few Black-owned gyms to use my platform to really effect change in the community,” said Kent Fleming.
Fleming has been training student-athletes in his community during the pandemic for little to no cost.
“I have a couple of individuals that came in and didn't know they were crazy strong and they'll be competing in powerlifting in a couple of weeks,” said Fleming.
Ke’ijaj Hadley is a student-athlete that Fleming has been training. She’s a volleyball player, but thanks to Fleming’s training, she’s picked up powerlifting.
“I think I have gotten stronger. Before I came here I didn’t even know that I could do that, but when he introduced it to me I figured out that I could,” said Hadley.
Many kids in the area don’t have access to a gym or coaches. That’s where Kent comes in.
“The sophomores that are gonna be juniors, the juniors that are gonna be seniors. It's still important for them to stay active and also the people that want to pursue a college career, you gotta be ready to go,” said Fleming.
“This is kind of considered an off season to me, so when I'm coming in next year for tryouts, I'll be stronger, faster and better than I was this year,” said Hadley.
“I've trained countless people to their goals but some of the best work, some of the best feeling is watching these kids come in and reach goals and get healthier and feel good about themselves,” said Fleming.