Catholic church transforms into fully equipped gym in PhillipsSubmitted: 09/06/2013

Ben Meyer
Executive Producer

PHILLIPS - The sounds of hymns and choirs don't usually mix with sounds of dumbbells and workout music.

But in Phillips, the connection is closer than you might think.

We found out more on a visit to Price County.

For a century, this was a Catholic church in Phillips.

Starting this year, a fully equipped gym.

This is unconventional new role for this Catholic church.

It's been around since the turn of the century.

But the look has changed since fitness man Brian Duba took over.

"The pews were in place when I bought it. The altar was still up there. The cross was up there. The organ was up there. It was your Catholic church," Brian says.

Now, he runs something truly unique.

"There's never been one here before. There's never been a fitness facility in Price County, ever," he says.

The old church and a location in Park Falls form Triple B Health and Fitness.

Brian's critics said it couldn't be done.

They said people in northern Wisconsin didn't care about physical fitness and a gym would fail.

"We want to turn that around. We want to get people north of Highway 8 to reap the same rewards that people elsewhere that have figured it out are enjoying," he says.

But - a gym in a church?

"We were looking for a big, open space. A big, vaulted ceiling like this works out great for a fitness center," says Brian.

In the basement, renovations uncovered the original stone walls.

"It had that rough, rugged look for the hardcore lifters," Brian says.

But it's not just hardcore athletes Brian looks to attract.

Brian hopes the every member of people's families come to get fit and stay fit.

That's in part because Triple B is a family business itself.

"Brandon, Brianna, Bridgette. My son's name is Brandon, my daughter here is Brianna, and that's Bridgette back there. Triple B."

You might think it's a crazy idea, a gym in a church.

But Triple B thinks it's just a unique way of changing fitness in northern Wisconsin.

"We all want to turn this into something really big, and it should be," Brian says.

Text Size: + Increase | Decrease -
| Print Story | Email Story
Sponsored in part by HodagSports.com

What We're Working OnSubmitted: 10/26/2016

- Tonight on Newswatch 12:

We talked to a Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce board member about what the future holds as they search for a new executive director almost a month after Bill Clow was let go from the position.

We'll tell you when snowmobile trails are set to open in Vilas County and what's being done to prepare for the season.

And as the World Series is taking place between the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians, we'll introduce you to the grandson of legendary baseball player and former Three Lakes resident Cy Williams. Hear what William's grandson has to say about his grandfather's role in World Series history.

We'll bring you the details on these stories and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.

+ Read More

MERRILL - People know Helene's Hilltop Orchard in Merrill as the place to go to get your fall season fix.

The pie makers and apple peelers come in early to crank out caramel apple pies fresh throughout the day.

When people come to Helene's, they are usually greeted by the smell of the pies before they even see them.

"I love being out in the parking lot when people step out of their cars and smell the air. It doesn't smell like a lot of other farms. It's distinctly the cinnamon sugar you smell," said Helene' Hilltop Orchard baker Olivia Telschow.

Helene's is only open for six weeks from mid-September to late October; however, Telschow works alongside her mother Helene throughout the entire year.

Even in the winter, the apple orchard is checked on.

"February is pruning season. Think of me when it's minus ten and it's snowing and windy and snow drifts because I will be out there," said Telschow.

The orchard is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through October 30th.

Helene's will close Sunday for the season, but pies will be available to order for Thanksgiving.

Call (715) 536-1207 for more information.

+ Read More

MADISON - Even with higher fees, plenty of people want to camp in state parks.

Wisconsin state park use this year is on track to be higher than average, despite fee increases that were imposed to offset the withdrawal of tax support.

The number of camping registrations and nights camped in 2016 through Friday was greater than in any year since 2008 except for last year's record.

This year, there have been nearly 160,000 camping registrations and more than 386,000 nights camped for state parks, recreation areas and southern forests.

+ Read More

MADISON - The state Natural Resources' board will soon vote on selling another 3,500 acres of public land.

A measure included in the state budget ordered the DNR to sell 10,000 acres by the middle of next year.

Money raised will help pay down debt in the agency's land stewardship program.

The Natural Resources board approved putting about 1,400 acres up for sale in 2014.

Another 5,700 acres went up for sale this past February.

The board should vote Wednesday in Madison on whether to put a final 93 parcels totaling just over 3,500 acres up for sale.

+ Read More

MADISON - A University of Wisconsin student charged with sexually assaulting and choking a woman is expected to face additional charges after investigators say they were contacted by dozens of other women.

Police say officers searching Alec Cook's Madison apartment found a black book with names of women he had met and what he wanted to do with them, including his sexual desires.

+ Read More

Play Video

RHINELANDER - The finishing touches of Rhinelander's Downtown Streetscape project will include painting crosswalks, removing traffic gates, and completing sidewalks. Planting dozens of trees downtown will also help the city finish the major project.

Nationwide, "Arbor Day" falls in late April. But the city proclaimed Tuesday Arbor Day in Rhinelander.

It's a recognition of the importance trees play in finishing the streetscape project and in Rhinelander as a whole.

+ Read More

Play Video

RHINELANDER - New moms know how difficult it can be to adjust to life with a newborn baby.

A group in the Northwoods wants to stress the importance of understanding baby behavior and making society comfortable with breastfeeding.

+ Read More
+ More General News

Click Here