“Why do you drive so far to go the gym?” “What’s so special about IVB?” “Can’t you lift somewhere closer?” “You’re crazy!” These are the questions and comments that I get every day from my peers in high school. My response, “There’s simply nothing like it. Come experience it for yourself.” Most of the time they never do. However, the few that have tagged along always develop the same love for IVB that I have.
My experience at Iron Valley Barbell all started when I went to Zach’s summer seminar a year ago. Even though I was the youngest there by a lot of years, Zach and his crew welcomed me with open arms. We were flipping tires, pushing the sled and Zach was breaking down our leverages on the big 3. I was immersed in knowledge on both the physical and mental side of the iron game and I loved every minute of it. The training was intense but we were still able to crack jokes and form a brotherhood. From that moment on I knew this was the place for me. I made a promise to myself that when I got my license this was the first place I would go. I did just that and signed up for a membership. Since joining the gym I’ve grown not only physically, but also mentally, and my passion for the iron is something I can’t even put into words. Whether I’m happy, sad, angry or anything in between, the iron doesn’t care. 500 pounds will always be 500 pounds and that’s the beauty behind it all. The iron doesn’t lie!
IVB soon became my second home. Everyone has their own happy place in life and mine just so happens to be the gym. It’s a place where I can tune out the rest of the world for a few hours every day and clear away all negative energy that we’re constantly surrounded by. “At the end of the day, you are your hell and heaven too.” – Osho. Don’t let society rule you. Find hat you love, set goals and attack each day with the burning desire to be a better person than you were the day before. IVB is the catalyst that allows me to do just that every single day.
Unlike 99% of the gyms out there, IVB is no globo gym. It’s a place where you’re encouraged to slam weights, do man shit and, most of all, a place that forces you to raise expectations. The thing that separates IVB from one hardcore gym to the next is the leader behind it all, Zach Homol. Zach is constantly bringing all sorts of knowledge and tips to the table. Not just on regards to the gym, but also in all aspects of life. He guides you to become the strongest person possible and an even better human being. He oozes confidence and it carries over to everyone around him forcing them to become the strongest version of themselves.
This summer I will be doing an unpaid internship at the gym learning under Zach and the rest of the guys. There’s a reason that Zach is creating such a stout team of brothers around him. He’s constantly providing value to everyone willing to listen and he leads by example. Now why would a 16-year-old high schooler want to intern for free when he could be making $10 an hour working on a farm? It’s simple. The value I will gain while learning how to run multiple businesses and everything that comes along with it will be beneficial to my future endeavors in life. Surrounding myself with the best will only set me up for greatness down the road.
Forever pushing myself to be the best version of myself. That’s why I do what I do.