The NSS Mission

The #NSSfamily uses fitness as a catalyst to positively impact lives.

NSS Facility

The 7,000-square-foot NSS training facility is set up to accommodate all of your fitness needs. Our facility is specifically designed around the NSS training philosophy of achieving goals through reasonable strength training and quality movement. 

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Creation Story


Alexandria NSS started as a vision in a second-story apartment in Moorhead, MN, in 2005. Mike Hawes and Dustin Schlichting were soon to be graduates of Minnesota State University Moorhead and were interning at Noonan Strength Systems. One day, in casual conversation with owner Dominic, they came to the decision to open their own facility in Alexandria, MN. The early groundwork began while finishing their senior years at MSUM, and the true vision of Alexandria NSS came to be in May of 2006. From then, until the opening of NSS in April 2007, Mike and Dustin spent countless hours on strategic planning, business preparation, networking, old-fashioned hard work, and a fair amount of anxious worry.

Since the humble beginning, Alex NSS has grown into a 7,000-square-foot training facility that caters to individuals and athletes of all ages and abilities. NSS is a quality team of dedicated professionals who are both passionate and driven. However, we understand all of this is not possible without the loyal, hardworking, passionate, fun, and dedicated clients, family, friends, and followers of NSS. Because our clients, family, friends, and followers see value in what NSS does as a training facility, our entire team is able to do what we love every single day.


At NSS we structure our training philosophy around building strength in the eight big-rock movement patterns: Squat, Hinge, Single Leg, Push, Pull, Rotation, Ground-Based, and Carry. As each client comes from a different set of circumstances (medical history, previous training experience, stress level, etc.), NSS takes the time to determine where each client's base of fitness is. From there, we strive to build our clients a solid foundation based around the eight big-rock movement patterns. We pride ourselves not only on training our clients and athletes, but also on helping educate them to build a lifestyle based on activity and healthy choices. 


We would love to have the opportunity to meet you and help you achieve whatever your goal may be!


At NSS we understand that joining a fitness facility can be both an exciting and intimidating experience. The following are some of the most common questions you may have during your first month or two with us. If you have a question not included here, or want help getting started, simply ask the first NSS team member you see. We’re all here to help you!

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