Teens pay for gym membership through acts of service

Published: Jan. 21, 2019 at 9:25 PM PST
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For the teens working out at Dreamtown CrossFit in Truckee, this place is more than just a gym.

"It's honestly awesome," Barrett Berger, an athlete, says. "I think of this place as a second home."

Owner Jason Berger opened Dreamtown CrossFit just a few months ago. Soon after, he started the teen program where teens manage their own memberships and "pay" through acts of service.

"Typically kids are pretty lazy," Berger says. "But there's something about cross fit and it's not until you start doing, and people that are naysayers will say you know it's a cult, well they've never done it. They're never come in and suffered with their friends in the community."

Teens pay for their memberships with their time and sign a contract with their parents and coaches.

13-year-old Tru Maran is committing to volunteering at the Humane Society every weekend.

"It helps because you don't have to spend money like other teen programs and it helps your parents, and it helps you be a better person in the community and at home," she says.