Working out in the Garage

P.E. teacher launches new business

T-R PHOTO BY SARA JORDAN-HEINTZ
Sarah Murphy recently opened the Garage, a “fitness boot camp” gym, operated out of the large garage behind her property, located at 2606 Hilltop Dr. She offers 10-week long sessions, with workouts that can be modified.

T-R PHOTO BY SARA JORDAN-HEINTZ Sarah Murphy recently opened the Garage, a “fitness boot camp” gym, operated out of the large garage behind her property, located at 2606 Hilltop Dr. She offers 10-week long sessions, with workouts that can be modified.

For Sarah Murphy, staying physically fit isn’t just a personal goal, but a new business enterprise. She recently opened the Garage, a “fitness boot camp” gym, operated out of the large garage behind her property, located at 2606 Hilltop Drive.

“My husband Brian and I bought a house here in Marshalltown a year ago, and it came with this awesome garage,” Murphy said. “At first, we just worked out with neighbors, then we decided to open it up to the public. We kind of stumbled into it.”

By day, Murphy, a native of Oskaloosa, works as an elementary school physical education teacher at the Meskwaki Settlement School. But in the wee morning hours and the early evening, she runs the gym. Her first boot camp sessions, which ended earlier this month, were a way of gauging whether or not to formally launch the business.

“It was a successful test run,” she said. “My next sessions (which run for 10 weeks), start back up Jan. 8.”

The 10-week long course consists of 40 classes, offered Monday-Thursday. The sessions last for about an hour each. The boot camp may be repeated as many times as the participant would like.

The gym offers the use of boxing bags, an elliptical, a treadmill, kettlebells, ropes, and a variety of weights. Murphy can work with up to seven clients per session. Participants must be age 18 and older.

“I provide a structured exercise that’s filled with a lot of variety,” Murphy said. “It’s just me being creative.”

She said what makes her stand out from more traditional gyms is the small class size and structure of the workouts.

“A small group makes it easier to hold others accountable,” she said. “I can meet the needs of novices, and modify the program to challenge people that are ready for that. It’s a range.”

Workout sessions are held at 5:15 a.m., 5:15 p.m., and 6:30 p.m. For more information, Murphy may be reached at 641-285-0860 or thegaragemarshalltown@gmail.com

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Contact Sara Jordan-Heintz at 641-753-6611 or sjordan@timesrepublican.com