Overcoming fitness challenges a goal of new gym

By: Penne Usher Telegraph Correspondent
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A family friendly fitness center in Cameron Park is seeing a boom in business. Robert Barge initially opened the doors to a mixed martial arts studio two years ago and has since expanded the business, Overcome Training Center located at 2570 Greenwood Lane, to include a full fitness center, personal trainers, childcare and a kids zone. Barge said his center fills a void in the community. “There are 16,000 people in Cameron Park and there wasn’t a gym,” he said. “People had to go up to Shingle Springs or down to El Dorado Hills.” Also offered are boxing, martial arts, hot yoga and a full locker room with saunas and showers and hot yoga. “Hot yoga is yoga done in 90 to 110 degrees,” Barge said. “It’s an extremely sweaty workout.” The kids’ zone area is a place where children ages 8 to 13 can hang out after school and has a study room, pool table, PlayStation 3 and Wii video game systems. Mary Maaga of Cameron Park is thrilled to have the gym in her community. A member since January, one thing that was most important to her was having a place where she and her children could work out together. “Kids are really welcome here,” she said. “When we walked through the door, trainer Alex Ivanov greeted us and told me my kids were definitely welcome to work out here. That isn’t true for all gyms in the area.” For Maaga and her children, it isn’t necessarily about the number of pounds lost of the number of calories burned. “It’s been more about building self confidence and meeting goals,” she said. Maaga is a writer and said she uses the gym to cope with the occasional rejection letter. “Now I come to the gym to work out and sweat,” she said. To learn more, visit their Web site at Penne Usher can be reached at