If you’ve been to Iron Valley Barbell in the past three months then you’ve definitely noticed some of the changes that have been occurring. Most, if not all, have involved myself. I’m Adam Harder, Iron Valley Barbell’s Gym Manager and Personal Trainer/Athlete Trainer.
Three months ago I was a high school wrestling coach looking for a job training athletes both in their offseason and during season. I saw Zach Homol tweet that he needed interns and it seemed like destiny. He was looking for someone to work for free and hustle, two things that I was willing to do. I shot him an email and after a week with no response, I went to the gym to meet him in person and show what I had to offer.
The first I met Zach was nerve wracking because I saw him as a huge deal. In reality, there was nothing to worry about. Zach is one of the most humble, down to Earth guys I have ever met. I explained to him who I was and that I was willing to work harder than anyone else he had in his inbox. For the past three months, I’ve been trying to live up to that daily.
My first day on the job Zach put me to the test. He had me cleaning the entire storage room (now the locker room) out by myself with no direction. When he first presented me with the task I felt like my entire internship was going to be this grunt work and a lot of it has been. Little did I know, Zach was testing me. He wanted to see how I would react to these tasks that he threw at me. He wanted to instill a love for the gym that he had been working at 20 hours a day by himself. Every day, whether I was cleaning the gym, doing side projects like painting or setting up the new locker room, Zach wanted to see if I’d hold my own.
Along the way, through all of the work, Zach has been dropping knowledge bombs from business methods to training tips. I can honestly say that in the last three months of learning under Zach Homol I have learned more than I did in the 5 years of college.