New Gym, New Fitness Goals
When Grooms decided to dedicate part of its new 4,000-square-foot warehouse space for a workout facility, they were looking to provide a space to invest in the health and wellbeing of their installation team. Giving their guys something to be proud of and call their own at the warehouse. During talks of building the 36-by-36-foot gym, Travis Adams, the Service Manager at Grooms, overheard the install team talking about doing a weight loss challenge with each other. He took the idea to Grooms’ co-owner Jonathan Garard, and the two came up with a plan. To get everyone committed to enhancing the new gym, Grooms would run a 90-day weight loss challenge for their install team with incentives along the way.
On top of individual rewards, if the team met their group goal, Grooms would invest in more equipment to fully outfit the gym. As the 90 days progressed, new goals would be set, and each time a goal was met, new equipment would be added as incentive to make the space bigger and better. “We know that healthier employees can improve the quality of their lives,” Adams says, “and our ownership is committed to helping the team live a better life at work and away from work.” The plan paid off big time. Adams says the team collectively lost 210 pounds between 10 people. “Our team has a very physically demanding job and it can take a toll,” he says. “There’s been physical transformation and energy levels are noticeably higher. Also, when you know someone is willing to put the financial backing behind their words, it goes a long way.” Now that the weight loss challenge is done, the Grooms’ gym is equipped with medicine balls, dumbbells, bio boxes, squat racks, stationary bike, rowing machine, cable machine and more. “We wanted to make this gym a crossover between endurance training and strength training because those are the kinds of physical requirements this job demands,” Adams says. “And because we all joined in on this goal together, the team feels an ownership over the space and know it’s something they truly deserve, and we have a great gym to show for it.”