Jonathan Blakely, Jr. and his sister Mia Simpson

Jonathan Blakely, Jr. and his sister Mia Simpson.

Bigger, Stronger, Faster

Jonathan Blakely, Jr. and his sister Mia Simpson are co-owners of Potential Sports and Fitness.
Jonathan Blakely, Jr. and his sister Mia Simpson are co-owners of Potential Sports and Fitness.

Potential Sports and Fitness offers personal and team training.

Jonathan Blakely, Jr. and his sister Mia Simpson are the co-owners of Potential Sports and Fitness (PSF) in South Asheville.

PSF began in 2017 as an outdoor sports training program held in open spaces; it now has a facility with appropriate equipment and fittings for a full range of fitness training. (The pair come by their entrepreneurial spirit naturally: their parents Jonathan Blakely, Sr. and Namurah Blakely are the power couple behind Quality Janitorial Service, a leading commercial and medical cleaning facility based in Asheville.)

Young athletes can get the training they need at Potential Sports and Fitness.
Young athletes can get the training they need at Potential Sports and Fitness.

PSF strives to ensure that athletes are, in Jonathan’s words, “bigger, stronger, faster.” Mr. Blakely has a degree from Appalachian State University in exercise science, with a concentration in strength and conditioning. (As a student, he developed a passion for power-lifting; one of his biggest goals is to deadlift 600 pounds.) Since graduating, he has worked with ASU’s softball, women’s and men’s basketball, and volleyball teams, as well as East Tennessee State University football and baseball squads, and other teams.

Ms. Simpson is also a longtime, highly trained fitness advocate. An alumna of Mars Hill College with a degree in physical education and a concentration in coaching, she was a renowned starter for the Lady Lions basketball team for three years; after graduation, she spent two years as an assistant coach for her old team. (Her nickname at MHU was “Secretary of Defense.”)

Dedicated to clean eating and exercise, she devotes her work as a personal trainer to encouraging a happier and healthier lifestyle, helping others realize what their body is capable of.

Potential Sports and Fitness offers personal training sessions.
Potential Sports and Fitness offers personal training sessions.

“I believe that with the right training program, a bit of determination and support, anyone can achieve their goals,” she says.

At PSF, three types of young athletes can get the training they need for improving their athletic prowess. Beginning with middle school youth and continuing through high school and college, the company offers both personal training to specific sports groups (baseball, basketball, soccer players from various schools, for example), as well as team training, such as the baseball team at T.C. Roberson and football team from Asheville High School.

In addition to training players in her specialty of basketball, Mia Simpson works closely with personal fitness training classes for small groups—no more than five, as well as one on one. She emphasizes good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle as an essential part of overall fitness and strength training. The team also offers tailored recovery workouts to those who need them.

Hours at PSF are, by necessity, wide-ranging and flexible. During the summer, training sessions can begin as early as 5 a.m. and continue into early evening; when school is in session, the emphasis is on after-school and evening hours, and Saturdays.

For more information on Potential Sports and Fitness, located at 1276 Hendersonville Road, visit FitnessPSF.com or contact Blakely and Simpson via email to fitnesspsf@gmail.com.

 

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