New Auburn studio offers the total package

Having experienced a personal transformation to better health and wellness, Tracy and Joe Knutson decided to take it one step further.

Joshua Hughes is one of the co-owners and trainers behind The Champions Edge

Having experienced a personal transformation to better health and wellness, Tracy and Joe Knutson decided to take it one step further.

The couple recently opened a group-exercise gym in Auburn to help others in their quest to get fit.

Together with co-owners Joshua and Marissa Hughes, the Knutsons forged The Champions Edge, a training studio geared toward trifecta training – exercise, food planning and supplementation – to improve the lives of others, young and old, from all walks.

“We went through it ourselves … our own health journey,” said Tracy Knutson, who has discovered a rewarding second career as a certified personal trainer and bodybuilder. “We changed our own health first, and because we were able to do it and become physically fit and in better shape than what we’ve ever been in our lives, we wanted to be able to help others go through that same journey.”

The Champion Edge’s focus is to encourage clients to become their personal best through a group training atmosphere that fosters accountability. The best aspect of group training is that others are going through the transformation with you, Knutson said.

“People are able to push themselves beyond what they might do on their own because of the fun and encouraging environment that they are part of,” she said.

The Champion Edge emphasizes Kettlebells as part of a full-body workout, targeting important muscle groups, burning body fat, developing muscle definition, increasing cardio endurance, and strengthening joints and tissue.

Group classes make room for one-on-one attention, making sure participants use proper form and technique to avoid pain and injury.

“We’re not here just to make you look good, we’re here to make you feel better,” said Joshua Hughes, a trainer. “We’re here so you don’t have to go see the doctor as often.”

Knutson says her gym is special.

“What makes us different is our passion and the time we spend with our clients,” she said.


We’re open

• Business: The Champions Edge, 1501 15th St. NW, Suite 105, Auburn

• Specializing: Trifecta training (exercise, food planning, supplementation), certified in personal training, Kettlebells and nutrition.

• Hours, information: 253-397-4216, The Champions Edge also can be found on Facebook.

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