Name of Gym: Iron Beast Barbell
Name of Owner: Matt Rawlins, Mike Kidd, Jance Footit
Monday-Friday: 6am - 10pm
Number of Trainers on Staff: 3
[ Q ] How did the gym start and why did you decide to begin (or work within) the gym business.
We were tired of dealing with the BS from all the club/franchise gyms in area. Plus we were kicked out of all of them, so we had to make somewhere to train.
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We Had Been Kicked Out Of All The Club/Franchise
Gyms And Needed Somewhere To Train.
[ Q ] Can you give us a description on what went into opening your awesome establishment?
Over a year of collecting equipment from all over the US, including stuff from Lee Haney's gym that closed down. Monolifts, chains, sleds, vertical leg press, strongman gear, you name it, we searched it down and got it, or had it made. Worked out in a sweat box of a warehouse while putting together everything and looking for a place to open up.
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The Iron Beast Barbell Owners Spent Over A Year Collecting
And Building All The Equipment They'd Need For Their Gym.
[ Q ] What makes your gym different?
The atmosphere. This is a place where the only thing stopping people from growing will be themselves. It won't be the lack of equipment, the rules to obey, being quiet, not enough weight, etc.
[ Q ] What sort of people do you attract into your gym?
Anyone serious about their training. We have older women, married couples, 400lbs monsters, and lightweight bodybuilders.
[ Q ] What inspires people to train at your facility?
I think when people come in and see the equipment laying around, (things like atlas stones, fat bars that weigh 200lbs by themselves, farmers walks, yokes) they start realizing that there are people out there that actually train like that and the thought of actually being that strong inspires them to work towards making themselves that strong.
[ Q ] Do you have any top trainers and why are they so good?
No, all of our trainers work together to make the facility better. It's not a one man show here.
[ Q ] What special services do you provide?
Unlike other gyms, we actually listen to people's input about how to make the gym a better experience.
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We Actually Listen To People's Input About
How To Make The Gym A Better Experience.
[ Q ] Who are your most notable present and past members?
We have multiple world record holders in powerlifting here in all different organizations. Eric Head, Tim Moon, Gary Glenn, Duwan Johnson, Tyler Brown.
[ Q ] What was the hardest part about operating your gym?
Getting the word out that a gym like this actually exist around here!
[ Q ] What makes you competitive over the large gym chains?
I've said this before, we are not competing with anyone around here. Especially the gym chains. We are a completely different animal. We are not pretty, calm, and settling. We don't play pop, or 80's hits--it's metal all the time. And there's no huge groups of people shootin the sh*t around the power rack. People come here to train, not socialize.
[ Q ] How have you been able to remain so successful and how do you hope to remain so?
We hope to remain successful by sticking to core values held by all three founders. That we stay true to ourselves, our image, and our members. Unlike being a member at some gym where the only thing it says about is that you might workout every once in awhile, being a member here says volumes about a person.
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