Hello. We are Denny & Maggie Wonsick, owners of Train Yard Gym & Fitness. We are natives of the Harrisburg, PA area. Maggie was the 1986 Trinity High School class valedictorian, which earned her several scholarship opportunities. She chose to accept an ROTC scholarship offered by the U.S. Air Force. As a result, we were uprooted and sent bouncing about the country for nearly ten years. It was a great experience. However, in 1997 we had our first child (Brock) and decided that we wanted him and any siblings he may end up having (Darcy & Emma) to grow up in the Harrisburg area. This is where our family is and we wanted our children to grow up knowing their aunts, uncles, grandmas, and cousins. So Maggie gave up her successful military career, along with a very respectable annual salary, and in November of 1999, we packed up our belongings and moved back to Pennsylvania to be with family.
As far as Denny’s background goes, after bouncing from job to job due to Maggie's involvement with the military, he started attending college at Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) near Baltimore Maryland. We were then transferred to Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska where he finished his four year degree at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He majored in accounting and maintained a respectable GPA while working part-time to finance much of his education costs. Upon returning to Harrisburg, he got a job as a junior accountant and after only two weeks came to the conclusion that sitting behind a desk for 9 hours a day was not for him! So he decided to explore other avenues. Fitness has always been an important part of our lives and Denny had the vision and courage to dive into the project of opening our own gym. He wanted to create the fitness equivalent of the “Cheers” bar from the popular sitcom...a place “where everybody knows your name.” After many years in business, we believe we have achieved that goal at Train Yard Gym & Fitness.
As far as our fitness background goes, we have both been weight training since we were in our 20s. When Maggie was in the military, we were stationed at four different bases and were regular fixtures at the base gyms. We always seemed to attract other lifters asking us, "How do you work this muscle?" or "What does that exercise work?" Basically, we were unpaid personal trainers. At any point in time, we could be found leading small groups of "deconditioned" lifters from exercise to exercise just because they didn't know quite what to do and had asked for our help. After opening our own gym we of course have had the opportunity to train many more people. We believe there is NO SUBSTITUTE for experience and it is that experience (over 60 years combined) which we are happily willing to pass on to our members.