MARION — Doing work, having fun, getting fit.
That’s the three-prong approach Bryceson Lawrence and his staff at Phase 6 Strength and Performance in Marion take to helping people reach their physical potential. The facility is located in the lower level suite at 162 W. Center St. in downtown Marion. It’s in the same building as Nathan’s Barbershop.
Lawrence is a lifelong resident of Marion who excelled in athletics at River Valley High School and went on to star in football and earn a bachelor’s degree in business administration at Tiffin University from 2003 to 2006. He was inducted into the Tiffin Athletic Hall of Fame in 2019.
Lawrence, 34, played indoor football for the Marion Mayhem and Marion Blue Racers and worked out with several Arena Football League teams before retiring from the sport in 2014. He said staying fit and helping others get fit has always been a priority for him.
“For the majority of my life, I’ve been in the weight room, training, performance training; so I’ve always had a love for doing those things,” said Lawrence. “While I was playing football, I was training athletes and doing adult fitness programs. When I was done playing football, I decided that I wanted to do fitness full time.”
Lawrence formerly worked as a trainer at The Power Factory in Marion for several years before making the move to open his own business.
“It was just time for me to do my own thing,” he said. “Me and my wife thought it was time to start our own business and we were ready to do it. We opened Sept. 10, 2018. I knew what I wanted to do and we were going to make it happen.”
Lawrence and his wife, Sarita, have two children.
At Phase 6, Lawrence and his staff serve a wide range of clients, from high school athletes who want to reach their peak to adults who just want to stay in shape. He said he will tailor workouts to fit the needs and desires of his clients.
“When they come in, they’re going to get a plan that will fit them,” he said. “What do you want to do? What do you need? What are looking to improve? We want to help everybody who comes to us reach their goals. It’s not a cookie-cutter. Your program is customized to where you are now and where you want to be.”
While Lawrence was explaining his philosophy and approach to training, Taylor Gundy, his brother and a fellow trainer at Phase 6, was guiding Nygil Horn, a club hockey player who is a sophomore at River Valley High School, through his daily workout. Horn plays for the Northeast Storm of the Ohio Scholastic Hockey League.
“We have athletes from all sports here; football, volleyball, basketball, soccer, Nygil plays hockey,” Lawrence said. “We train athletes involved in competitive sports, including high school and college athletes. And we have programs for younger kids to help them get active. We believe in having fun with fitness because so many schools are cutting gym class and a lot of kids are sedentary, just sitting around playing video games.
“So, our programs help their performance, but it also just gives them the exercise that they need.”
The Mini Beast program is geared toward children ages 5 to 10. According to the Phase 6 website, the program helps kids “develop their athletic foundation, build and develop great fitness habits, and practice safe movements to increase relative strength and speed.”
The Junior Beast program is targeted at children ages 10 to 14. According to the business website, the program is designed to allow kids to “have more control over their body; move more agile, move faster, and be able to jump higher/further; and have a strong foundation to develop elite levels of explosiveness and power.”
Advanced Athlete Performance is for athletes age 14 and older. It is specifically designed for competitive athletes to, according to the Phase 6 website, help them “get stronger, get faster, jump higher, react faster, increase power, improve mobility/pliability, improve sports specific endurance, improve self-confidence, and gain a competitive advantage.”
Lawrence noted that helping adults in the Marion area reach their potential is of great importance to him. Phase 6 offers programs for both men and women.
“Our adult program is super important, because those are everyday people,” he said. “Those are parents. Those are people leading our community. We have a lot of teachers, firefighters, police officers, just people that serve our community. We want them to feel better, look better, and perform better. We know their time with us limited because they work throughout the day, so we want what we do for them to be the best part of their day.”
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