Training facility opens in A.L.

Published 6:08 pm Monday, November 13, 2017

Sunday marked the grand opening event for TMJ Elite Fitness, the newest venture for Snap Fitness owners Joe and Mollee Tscholl.

TMJ Elite Fitness, located in the lower level of the Snap Fitness building, is a facility for teams and individuals to use for sports training purposes.

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Although the space is designed to be hockey specific, Tscholl said athletes from all sports can benefit from the workouts and programs they offer.

“We had such a big area downstairs that we thought ‘Hey we really want to give back to sports, the kids and the community itself,’” Tscholl said. “We have three boys who are in hockey so we thought this would be a good idea. But it’s not just hockey, it can be any sport. It can be soccer, football, wrestling or basketball.

“It all helps with the conditioning, we’re trying to make it a step up from being just another gym, that’s why we’re going the extra mile to make it elite, hence the name.”

The name TMJ comes from the initials of his and his wife’s names. The “T” is in the shape of a cross as an honor to Tscholl’s faith, something he said had a big influence on his decision to start the new training facility. He said he credits God with giving him the means to be able to give back to the community. 

The workout space is filled with weight-lifting stations, slide boards, a dry land hockey floors, nets and a 70-foot strip of turf. Their will be workouts taught by instructors throughout the week. The weekdays are reserved for teams to set up a time to come in and get a workout in, whereas the weekends are for individual sessions that must be signed up for in advance.

“Sport-specific training time is a big thing, whether it’s in-season or off-season,” Tscholl said. “We want to develop stronger athletes, that’s our quote at Snap Fitness. It’s the quickness, speed, agility, strength and endurance. All those things make up to be a better athlete.” 

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Tyler Julson covers sports for the Albert Lea Tribune.

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