A group of about 10 students gathered in the cavernous gym, kicking and punching and practicing their Turbo Kick exercises while weight lifters in the foreground pumped iron and enjoyed the breeze wafting in through the partially opened freight doors.

Astoria Full Fitness Center, located in the Astoria Business Park – 3975 Abbey Lane – just opened under owner Jody Marincovich, who used to operate OBJJ Full Fitness at the same location with former partner Nick Unander.

“I was born and raised here, and we never had anything like this,” said Marincovich. “I’ve seen the kind of influence it has on the community. Just to promote health and wellness in the community is why I’m here.”

Marincovich started OBJJ Enterprises in 2000 with Unander, who taught Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes. In 2006, the couple expanded the business into OBJJ?Full Fitness. Unander departed in October 2011 and Marincovich continued with the business, officially changing its name to Astoria Full Fitness June 30.

The center now includes several classes taught by visiting instructors, a large cardio theatre including state-of-the-art PreCor and Paramount machines, a free weights area, showers and saunas for men and women.

“All of the cardio equipment hooks into television monitors, so you can hook up with ear buds,” said Marincovich about the advanced workout equipment.

Astoria Full Fitness currently has two personal trainers but is looking for more to join. Marincovich said one of the hardest parts of running a fitness center in Astoria is finding certified fitness instructors. She needs more people certified to teach yoga, zumba, pilates, circuit training and other programs common to more urban areas.

“I just want to continue to be here and grow the business,” said Marincovich, who would eventually like to add a day care center. “The roots are here, but I’ll start branching out and do more as time progresses.”

Marincovich said she’s waiving the membership fee to new arrivals, including people who used OBJJ.

Astoria Full Fitness is open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday. On Saturday and Sunday, it’s open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 503-338-0191 or visit www.astoriafull fitness.com

Jiu Jitsu brothers partner with Astoria Full Fitness

Zach and Nate Adamson, who used to take Jiu Jitsu classes at OBJJ before splitting off and creating the Seaside Jiu Jitsu Academy in 2007, continue to offer a full range of lessons for all ages at Astoria Full Fitness.

“People can expect it being a first-class fitness experience,” said Nate Adamson about the classes in Astoria.

The brothers have several instructors, each specializing in different areas of Jiu Jitsu, who take turns teaching in Astoria and Seaside.

“All of our programs are congruent, no matter where the academy is,” said Zach Adamson.

In addition to the Jiu Jitsu courses, the brothers run Women’s Fitness Boot Camp 101, a program aimed at promoting weight loss in women.

Zach Adamson explained it as similar to CrossFit, with a focus on constantly varying workouts.

People interested in any of the academy’s programs can call 503-738-4080, email Info@orbjj.com or visit www .orbjj.com

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