Former Bison defensive end opens new gym in south Fargo
FARGO—Cole Jirik would like people to know something important about his new gym in south Fargo.
"I've heard some people might be intimidated by me and Christian. They think maybe it would be too advanced for them," Jirik said. "But we work with your skill level. We work with your fitness level. We don't expect you to come in here and be a top-flight athlete."
People may have been intimidated because Jirik and Christian Dudzik were both members of the North Dakota State University Bison football team. They both helped lead the Bison to FCS championships in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Dudzik earned a championship ring in 2015 as well.
This spring, the former teammates opened Dynasty Performance Training, a new gym specializing in athletic performance and adult fitness training.
Their programs are based on what they learned from Bison head strength and conditioning coach Jim Kramer as well as their experiences training for the NFL after college.
"We took a lot of things we learned at NDSU from Jim Kramer. I think he's one of the best strength coaches in the world. I think the world of that guy," Jirik said. "And Christian's pro training and my pro training, we took stuff from there. Then, we took that combination and molded it into our own."
They rely almost entirely on free weights.
"We don't use any machines because we think the free weights are the best way to train. Free weights, resistive band training and not sitting around on machines. Being active all the time. We don't really stop moving the whole time we're here," Jirik said.
Adult fitness classes are held most mornings between 5:30 and 8:30 a.m. and again at 6 p.m. Afternoons are reserved for student athletes. Each athlete gets an individualized program, but they primarily work out together in small groups.
"We feel the best bang for the buck is the group session because it's more of a competitive atmosphere," Jirik said. "You get a Sheyenne kid, a West Fargo kid and a Davies kid in here, and it can get pretty competitive. We like to get those juices going."
That's exactly what Zach Westphal, a basketball and football player at Sheyenne High School, appreciates.
"I just like the intensity of how they push you," Westphal said.
But Jirik wants to provide students with more than just a good workout. Considering their young age, Jirik believes he and Dudzik can sometimes relate better to high school kids than a coach or parent.
"We think we can get a different message across to them. We don't want to just get them better in sports. We want to help them get better in life. We want to get them that confidence and self-esteem," he said. "Don't ever get down on yourself. You might have a bad day, but it happens. Always have a positive attitude. We try to get our kids to leave with that every time."
The message is not lost on Westphal.
"They're always talking to us about becoming leaders and having a good attitude toward our coaches," he said.
He said he's also learned to "always work hard, don't take a rep off and finish everything as hard as you can."
Again, Jirik stressed that Dynasty Performance Training is not just for athletes.
"It's open for everybody. Don't hesitate to stop in or call," he said.
What: Dynasty Performance Training
Where: 5475 51st Ave. S., Fargo
Contact: (701) 532-0836 or email email@example.com