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Photo by Rachelle Klemme Joe Jasicki demonstrates exercise equipment at the expanded S.T.O.M.P. MMA and Fitness.

S.T.O.M.P. MMA has new stomping grounds in Wadena

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A little over a year after it first opened, S.T.O.M.P. has expanded its space and its fitness offerings.

S.T.O.M.P. MMA is now S.T.O.M.P. MMA and Fitness, reflecting the new exercise facilities.

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"We actually have two floors now," owner Joe Jasicki said.

The former downtown Wadena location of Bethany Bookstore has been remodeled, with the new gym in front and a fitness center in back. This upper floor of the fitness center has stations, some of which were purchased from Fitness For Women. The basement room where the gym used to be located is another floor with fitness equipment - free weight and leverage systems.

S.T.O.M.P. is a 24/7 fitness center with all hours access for members,

Staff hours are noon to 9 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and Tuesdays from 4 to 9 p.m.

"In the fitness center, we've got a program that we're doing no profit for the year of 2012," Jasicki said. "What we're going to do is we're going to have a suggestion box here of exercise equipment that people want to see, if we don't have it here. And any profit that's made this year, what we're going to do on a monthly basis, is take that profit and purchase the equipment that's most requested."

Jasicki said that some of the equipment is designed for people with joint problems or people recovering from surgery.

Memberships are purchased on a month-to-month basis at $20 per month.

"We've got no registration fees and no long-term contracts," he said. "I'm also limiting the amount of people who can join the fitness center."

Only 100 people at a time can be members, in order to prevent crowding.

"I've already had quite a few people sign up," Jasicki said.

Payments are accepted by cash or checks only.

Jasicki said he does not participate in insurance rebate programs or accept credit cards.

"If I take insurance, that means I have to raise my rates to other people who don't have insurance," he said. "I just decided to keep it at one low rate."

Jasicki said they try to buy local, with equipment from Main Street Sports, security cameras and computers from Joey's PCs and seamless mats from Scotty's Upholstery.

Another new aspect of S.T.O.M.P. MMA and Fitness is the addition of a new fully-licensed boxing club with USA Boxing.

"We're actually already setting up fights for boxers," Jasicki said.

Class schedules for jiu-jitsu and women's kickboxing are the same and now take place on the street-level floor.

"We're not just an MMA gym any more. We're a full fitness center. In fact, we are the only one that offers everything that we do within 150 miles," Jasicki said.

Jasicki said they are also hoping to get a fight going around the summer, but they were turned down by the ice arena.

"If we do a fight, we need a facility that will hold about 1,000 people. So we'd like to keep it local and bring that money into Wadena," he said. "We may have to actually move it out into Verndale if we can't find another facility."

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