Rise to the occasion

New women’s gym opens in Fort Dodge

-Messenger photo by Kelby Wingert
Rise Women’s Fitness & Wellness owner Jenny Roe and gym manager Hilary Ronnfeldt lead the new women’s gym. Roe opened the gym in October 2022.

A new Fort Dodge gym aims to give women of all ages and sizes a space to work toward and meet their fitness goals.

Rise Women’s Fitness & Wellness opened in October at 1728 Central Ave., Suite 5.

Jenny Roe was a member of a gym in the same space when she learned that gym was going to be closing. Instead of just finding somewhere else to go, she took the opportunity to purchase the equipment and lease the space and open up her own gym.

When Rise opened, some of the members of the previous gym transitioned over as well, Roe said.

“So we’ve kind of built on what’s here and added a lot more,” she said.

As an emergency room nurse, Roe sees fitness as an outlet for stress — working out is her “me time.”

Roe is joined by gym manager Hilary Ronnfeldt, who is also an elementary school teacher.

Rise currently has about 50 members, Roe said. Memberships are $80 per month and include unlimited fitness classes and 24/7 access to the facility. Rise also offers personal training and nutrition training.

“Each one of our classes is led by a coach who helps to modify any of the movements for any fitness level,” Roe said.

The gym also offers yoga a few times a month and hosts special events for members as well.

“Membership also includes exclusive access to our VIP Facebook group where we share daily posts centered around motivation, inspiration, education, entertainment, community building, relationship building, recipes and accountability,” Ronnfeldt said.

Rise has several group fitness classes each day and the classes include “well-rounded programming that focuses on a good balance of resistance training, cardio, building strength and high-intensity workouts,” Ronnfeldt said. “They are modifiable to any fitness level.”

Rise aims to be more than just a gym — it’s a community, Roe said. The name and the logo — a phoenix — are about embracing women empowering themselves and each other to “rise up.”

“I don’t think anybody will find another community of women quite like this one,” Roe said.


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