Nathan’s Cardio Kickboxing moved to a much larger premises in Oroville, with a grand opening Oct. 1.
Taking residence in the old Prince’s warehouse building at 1404 Ironwood St., Nathan Thompson changed the name of his business to The Warehouse Sports and Fitness Center.
He has new hours to fit more people’s needs. Hours are from 4:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., along with new equipment and programs.
“With this gym, I am here. A lot of gyms don’t have anyone there,” said Thompson. “I am here at all times, and if I don’t have a client or a class, I am available to assist clients through the workouts, and demonstrate to clients how to use the equipment.”
Thompson said he had a couple of subs available to step in if he needed to step out to run errands.
“I have long days, but I have a family to support and a community to change,” said Thompson.
Changes to the gym include a full section of equipment for lifting with 15 new pieces of equipment and two full lines of cardio equipment along with a batting cage and an archery range.
An indoor track painted with a sand-based paint to prevent being slippery measures 20 laps to the mile.
“The elderly love to walk in the mornings and enjoy the fresh air. I thought I needed to get an indoor track for people who wanted to walk year-round,” said Thompson.
Wrestling mats are in place for cardio kickboxing, technique striking classes and wrestling classes. A turf section has been installed for football and baseball training, with Dustin Allan Cook working baseball and softball programs.
“My step dad just passed away, and he is the one who got me into this when I was younger,” Thompson said of Tam Hutchinson, the late football and baseball coach at Oroville High School. “The turf is named after him and called The Hutch Zone.”
Thompson also credits his brother for encouraging him to get into the fitness business after moving back to Oroville in 2013. Thompson started teaching a kickboxing class at Oroville Fitness, then started teaching fitness classes and “it just took off.”
Thompson said when he opened his first gym in Sept. of 2014, he spotted Princes Warehouse and thought, “What an awesome place for a gym. I gave myself a goal to have this by the time I was 30 years old,” said Thompson.
“I had a lot of ideas in my head, but I didn’t have a building big enough to make that work. Then Jim Prince approached me and gave me an offer I couldn’t pass up,” he said.
With 13,000 square feet, the gym has room for extra programs, including a nutritionist’s room and a yoga room with classes by Kristie Lonczak, who will also be teaching a barre class starting in November.
“We will be adding other programs, row classes as well as an Irish dancer to teach dance classes,” said Thompson. “We also have a kids’ center, all the moms have been asking about that.”
Thompson can rent out space to sports trainers who want to bring in clients for extra training, and is allowing Oroville’s wrestling program for younger kids to use the mats.
“The community supported me, and I got here,” said Thompson. “It’s been a really long journey, but I’ve had a lot of support. I think being in a small town is more beneficial than being in a big city. I think you get more support.”
Thompson appears to be paying it forward. Any student from Tonasket or Oroville with a GPA of 3.5 or better gets a free month at the gym.
Thompson offers one free class to all members who want to try something new and find out what they want to do.
They also get a free one-hour assessment class with nutritionist Jody Evans.
Thompson also expressed gratitude to former partner and instructor Jera Donner.
“I owe her a huge thank you. The last two years, she has done a lot of work for me,” said Thompson. “I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Jera. She did a lot of work behind the scenes to get me here.”