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Nutrition club opens in Park Rapids

Xtreme Action co-owners are, from left, Brad Anderson, Carly Pedersen, Christina Brodsho and Elisa Harmon-Ford. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

A newly opened nutrition club is stepping all over the community of Park Rapids.

Xtreme Action at 323 South Main has organized a "boot camp" fitness class for early risers and yoga classes started Sept. 14.

The business was a place of non-stop visitors, friends and flower-bearers Sept. 11 during its grand opening.

Part fitness club, part support group, the energetic foursome who greeted curious visitors made instant believers of some.

The smoothies were flowing in all flavors.

"This is an orange dream sickle," said co-owner Carley Pedersen, holding up a thick vanilla-colored shake.

She and co-owner Christina Brodsho were torture-testing the blender, feeding it cups of ice, scoops of protein mix, fruits, water and flavors.

It was churning out smoothies and smiles.

Co-owner Elisa Harmon-Ford said she attended nutrition and wellness expos all winter and was convinced Park Rapids was a good location to expand the Detroit Lakes store. That location sees 150 clients per day. She's hoping for 100 per day in Park Rapids.

"This is a positive happy place," said Harmon-Ford, her personal testimonial a walking success story.

It's even framed at the smoothie bar as inspiration.

Overweight and stricken with illness, she'd practically given up on herself.

A friend got her on an herbal program and a new person emerged from the wreck she'd become.

Today she's a wellness coach who can speak from her own experiences.

She and fourth partner Brad Anderson all pooled their funds and leased a former clothing store on the corner of Main street and Fourth Avenue downtown.

"We didn't get a bank loan," she said, looking around the brightly colored interior designed by Brodsho and painted in wild lime and lemon offset by black and white zig-zagged stripes.

Each potential client gets a wellness profile.

"Do you want more energy, to build more muscle mass, to lose weight, to develop healthy meal plans?" Harmon-Ford said of aspects the assessment seeks to address.

She said the business works with athletes and non-athletes. Each leaves with an action plan catered to each individual.

The key is a group approach. "If you work with people, overall your success is higher," she said of the approach.

But she said Xtreme Action doesn't just sell products and push you out the door. Follow-ups are key to the success of any program, she insists.

You can buy an herbal tea or energy shake at the bar Harmon-Ford's husband built.

There's a hula hoop you can try out, plus the "wall sit" challenge.

"I signed up for the wellness check," said new customer Nichole Olson. "I'm not sure what's entailed in it but I'm pretty excited about it."

The smoothie bar is open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Fridays. The phone number is 237-5850.

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.

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