New sports training center is on the fast track in Kasson

Feb. 27—KASSON — Erik Myran is not playing when it comes to creating a new sports training center with the help of top local athletes.

Myran, a longtime coach who is a teacher at Rochester's

Dakota Middle School

, is the driving force behind

507 F.A.S.T. — Fitness and Strength Training

. The almost 12,000-square-foot complex is being built by Bigelow construction at 401 Ninth St. SE, outside of Kasson. That is south of Highway 14 and east of the south Kasson Kwik Trip station.

"The underlying thing for me is that I've always had this passion for fitness. I love working out. I love helping other people get better and achieve their goals," said Myran. "I finally got the opportunity to basically create my dream."

His vision for 507 F.A.S.T. is to provide customized training programs for three groups of people — 14- to 18-year-old athletes, 10- to 14-year-old youth and adults. He expects to have about 12 coaches on staff.

"The 14- to 18-year-olds will be our main clientele for sports-specific training. If you play volleyball, basketball, football, soccer or whatever, you're gonna come to us and work specifically on the tools that you need to push your game to the next level," he said.

The classes for the younger kids will be aimed at learning the basics of how to lift weights, how to run properly, how to jump and other key foundational athletic skills. There will also be daily fitness classes for adults.

"Our whole premise is that we want to be your family's gym, where everybody has a place to train," said Myran.

The facility will feature a turf field, a cardio section with bikes and rowing machines, weightlifting space and a 1,500-square-foot viewing deck for parents and athletes to watch the activity. Myran also plans to have some elements like a live DJ music booth as well as providing food and drink through local partnerships with Rochester's

Nautical Bowls

and Kasson's Trail Creek Coffee Roasters.

Another unique element of Myran's vision is to work with a group of local high school athletes as brand ambassadors via the new Name, Image and Likeness rules to represent the center. Once the Minnesota State High School League passed the bylaws stating that high school athletes can be put on media and compensated, he signed contracts with 12 area athletes.

"These are high character kids, who are great in the classroom and work really hard. They are D1 and D2 level athletes who are being recruited," he said. " I'm really excited about it. These kids are the face of this whole thing."