Byron's New Gym Opens in Byron Towne Square

By Gretta Becay


Gordon Paulman and his fiancée Rialie Fenske opened the doors to The Proving Grounds, a new fitness facility at 1067 4th St NE #150 in Byron on May 1. This is the location of the former SNAP Fitness in the Byron Towne Square strip mall.

Gordon explained that this is a 24/7 fitness facility, and it will be equipped with all contemporary security measures. He said he is planning on offering training through freelance trainers when the gym has been up and running for a short while. 

The gym has brand new equipment and reasonable rates.

“We will offer special discounts for students, seniors, and all family sizes so that your membership can be as cost effective as possible. This is definitely a cost-effective option to keeping your family healthy,” he said. 

Gordon has a long history in fitness. He was in collegiate track and field at St. Mary’s University. 

He said, “The mental clarity and support I get from the gym and its community is something I hope for all my members.” 

Gordon chose Byron for this new gym because he was impressed with the town’s ‘can-do’ attitude, residents’ friendliness, and the schools’ reputation. Also, with a population of 6,200, Byron can use another such facility, he said. 

He and Rialie are looking forward to meeting lots of Byron residents in the new facility. 

Gordon has provided numerous videos about the new gym and its equipment and rates on his Facebook page at

He can also be reached via email at or by phone at (608)-228-4147.