Marc Jackson is approaching his 49th birthday and still grinding like he’s in his teens. He served in the United States Marine Corp and now works for the federal government. He has been involved in the fitness community, lifting weights for the past 30 years.
As time has progressed, the city that he grew up in, Indianapolis, Indiana, has gotten worse and worse. He shows empathy for this generation because, though crime will always be a thing, it seems that with this younger generation, violence is almost unavoidable. “Back in the day when you robbed someone, you let them go,” Marc said. “These days they shoot them right then and there.” Weightlifting was his way out. Where there was crime and violence in the streets, he found solace in the gym.
When he met Zach Homol, Iron Valley Barbell had not been created yet. Still, he knew that there was an old soul and say that Zach is like something straight out of the 80’s. He has drive, hustle and determination. Zach talked with Marc about opening a gym and Marc said when that day came, he’d be there. Sure enough, Marc Jackson was one of the first members when IVB opened it’s doors a little over a year ago. In that time, their bond, much like Marc, has only gotten stronger. The events he puts on, the way he gives back and atmosphere that Zach has created is something that Marc admires. “Not only do I like him, but I respect him.”
For anyone in a hardcore gym, they know that respect isn’t given out lightly.