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New Gym to Open On North Avenue This March
February 1, 2013
Chiseled Health and Fitness in Plainfield will serve power and olympic lifters, as well as those just looking to take classes or work on cardio.
Coming to North Avenue in Plainfield this March is Chiseled Health and Fitness, a three room gym of over 6,000 square feet which will serve a very niche audience of power and Olympic lifters, as well as those looking to get fit in separate areas for cardio and group classes.

Hiroshi Powell of Plainfield and his partner Karen Burke of Hackettstown came up with the concept for Chiseled Health and Fitness over two years ago and it has been a work in the making ever since.

"It's worth waiting for because we know how great it is going to be," Burke said.

The gym will feature three distinct areas; a 4,500 square foot area for weight training, a 750 square foot cardio room and 1,200 square foot “party room,” as Burke calls it, for group classes of zumba, kickboxing, yoga, body sculpting, power yoga and more. 

Powell, a former power lifter himself, owned a gym once before in Staten Island with a group of other guys and has been looking to open a new gym ever since that one closed. 

When Powell was on in college he was looking for gym and happened to walk into a very successful power lifting gym and with great trainers he said he ended up being pretty good at it.

“I would love to get a team out of this place that was as good as the team I was training with in Boston,” Powell said. 

He added that a women’s team would be especially great for the gym.

According to Powell, the closest gyms that serve power and Olympic lifting are in Piscataway and Maplewood, he and Burke hope this gym will provide to the nearby community something that does not already exist in this area.
“What’s going to make us different is that the box gyms, the commercial franchise gyms if you will, their gym rules don’t allow the heavy weights the chalk to be used to get your grip, they frown on the guys grunting and groaning,” she said. “We’re going to be different we’re going to let the guys use the chalk, make the dust mess and let the guys and girls grunt and groan, drop the weight, make the noise and do the heavy weight.”

She added that Powell would bring in his expertise on powerlifting and bodybuilding to a community that needs it.

So far, Powell has found a few qualified trainers, including himself, for power and Olympic lifting, but he is still looking for more.

“Anyone can buy equipment and put this together,” he said “The difference between a good gym and a bad gym is the people you have working for you.”

Burke added that in the 4,500 square foot weight training area they will have multiples of everything so there won’t be any wait time.

“If you’re serious about training this will be the place to join,” Powell said. 

However, those looking for other fitness opportunities are not forgotten at Chiseled. Women or men who are looking to participate in classes or work on cardio will be in separate areas of the gym then those working on weight training.


Burke said making women feel comfortable at the gym was something she was very passionate about and this also resonated with the trainers she interviewed. She found that the location of Chiseled serves that need by having three sectioned off spaces.

The pricing plans at Chiseled reflect the customized needs of each person, whether it is weight-training, cardio, taking classes or a mix and Burke said the plans are even further customizable. 
The gym offers numerous plans including daily rates for classes, cardio and weight training, ranging between $5 and $18, as well as a basic membership that includes weight training and cardio paid for weekly, monthly, half-yearly or yearly. There is also the option for an extreme gold membership, which includes cardio, weight training and four Cardio Extreme Classes a month. For a more in-depth description of prices, visit chiseledhealthandfitness.com.

“Whether you have a job or you don’t have a job, whether you have a new car or an old car, everyone is financially strapped,” Burke said. “If today you only have 5 dollars in your pocket and today is the day you say I want to get healthy, we can accommodate you.”

At Chiseled there is no sign-up fee, no cancellation fee and no clauses.

“It’s more than the membership,” Burke said “It’s getting people off the couch in for fitness and showing them what they can be healthy with and how easy it is and how fun it can be.”

Keep checking your mailbox in a few weeks if you live in Plainfield, Scotch Plains or Fanwood because a mailer with more information on Chiseled Health and Fitness will be sent out soon.

For more information on Chiseled Health and Fitness or to hear more about their pre-opening discount contact them at 908-956-5938 or visit their website.
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Full-service gym comes to Plainfield
Hiroshi Powell (left) and Karen Burke are shown last week at Chiseled Health & Fitness in Plainfield. / Augusto F. Menezes/Staff photographer
Written by
Erica Lamberg
For the Courier News
Chiseled Health and Fitness aims to bring greater access to health, fitness and wellness to Plainfield and the surrounding communities with its newly opened full-service gym offering group fitness classes, weight training, power and Olympic lifting as well as athletic sports conditioning.

Located at 1280 North Ave. between Leland Avenue and Terrill Road, the facility opened in May.

Chiseled is co-owned by Hiroshi Powell and Karen Burke. Powell is a nationally ranked power-lifting champion in the 148 and 165 weight classes. He is also a former body builder.

“His experience and knowledge is the backbone of Chiseled,” said Burke, who manages the business side of the gym.
The main weight room at Chiseled Health & Fitness in Plainfield is shown last week. / Augusto F. Menezes/Staff photographer
June 10, 2013
Chiseled is co-owned by Hiroshi Powell and Karen Burke. Powell is a nationally ranked power-lifting champion in the 148 and 165 weight classes. He is also a former body builder.

“His experience and knowledge is the backbone of Chiseled,” said Burke, who manages the business side of the gym.

“Hiroshi’s responsibilities are related to anything that has to do with the weight-lifting floor such as pushing members into that hard but needed last rep, guiding members in proper lifting form and technique and fostering new and ongoing interest in power and Olympic lifting,” she added “Hiroshi is available for personal training in all lifting genres.”

Burke said the gym’s premise is simple: “We’re a good old-fashioned neighborhood gym — no fancy stuff, no fluff, just results,” she said. “We are all about offering the community an affordable gym where people can come, have fun, workout and get healthy.”
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Plainfield - 1200 square foot aerobics room with music controlled lighting and an elevated instructor platform. Chiseled Health & Fitness on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. (Photo by Augusto F. Menezes/Staff) METRO. B699571053Z.1
Plainfield - Spin bikes at the ready at Chiseled Health & Fitness on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. (Photo by Augusto F. Menezes/Staff) METRO. B699571053Z.1
Plainfield - Dylan Hirtler of Westfield places a plate on a bar at the power rack at Chiseled Health & Fitness on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. (Photo by Augusto F. Menezes/Staff) METRO. B699571053Z.1
Olympic Lifting Seminar with Tom Hughes
Chiseled is pleased to present an…
Sunday, March 9 • 1-4 pm
2013 Master National Champion and Chiseled Health and Fitness personal trainer
Want to improve your snatch, clean & jerk, and squatting technique? This 3-hour theory and interactive seminar is appropriate for the beginner, anyone currently lifting in a CrossFit program or for more advanced lifters and competitors who want to make noticeable improvements in their lifts.

Through a combination of discussion, demonstration and practical exercise, Tom will explain the theory of Olympic lifts and each attendee will have
1:1 platform time with Tom for group and private critique. So, whether your goal is to put the most weight possible over your head, be more efficient in your WOD’s, or be a better overall technical lifter, this is for you.

This is a hands-on seminar in which each participant will learn:

• Proper equipment plus care of your hands
• Warmup, stretching, hookgrip
• Proper starting position and foot placement
• Path of the bar, starting the pull and finishing the pull  
• How to pull
• Proper jerking technique
• The right way to squat
• Training tips and periodization

This seminar is limited to 15 members to ensure an effective, hands-on learning environment. 
Audio and video taping by any electronic means (phone, camera, etc.) is prohibited. Note taking is encouraged.

Cost – payable in advance (cash/credit/debit)
• Current Chiseled Members - $75
• Non Chiseled Members - $100
• Day of Walk-ins (if space is available) - $125

Seminar participants receive 10% discount on any Chiseled products – belts, wraps, TShirts, supplements, etc. purchased on the day of the seminar or on any personal training sessions scheduled and paid for with Tom.

Tom’s Biography: 
Tom Hughes is a USAW Sports Performance coach with over 50 years of competitive Olympic Lifting experience. He is the current National Masters champion and has also been PanAm Masters champion, American Masters champion, Metropolitan champion (open and masters) as well as world and national powerlifting champion (masters). 

He is a retired Special Forces officer and is currently an adjunct professor at a local college. He also holds a 1st degree (Shodan) in Judo and has been involved in lifting and education all of his adult life.
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