An Old Skool Neighborhood Power Gym

My name is Rheta West, I own Blood Iron Barbell. Blood Iron is where you go to bring out your best. I started at Hercules Gym in Syracuse, NY where I started growing a powerlifting group. My own powerlifting career started in 2007. Through Hercules I went on to set a total of 9 all time world records both raw and equipped and in two weight classes. I am a judge in several powerlifting federations, I would take large groups to compete at meets, I coach, I hold meets myself, I support the powerlifting community in whole. In 2018 I also earned my IFBB Pro Card in women's bodybuilding.

In December of 2018 I broke from my partner in Hercules Gym and opened Blood Iron Barbell on my own. The majority of the powerlifting members and strongman members I had came with me and an awesome old skool gym was born. Blood Iron is the proud home of powerlifters, strongman, and weight lifters. A small cardio section, specialized powerlifting and strongman equipment and the free weights and machines any weightlifter of any level could need. I hold several powerlifting meets a year, Jamie of 315 Strong holds a couple strongman contests there as well. There is a chiropractor who operates from within the gym. She is also a powerlifter and is very good at working with people who don't want to have to stop training completely to correct their physical issue.

Blood Iron Barbell is approaching a membership cap of 200 members. If you would like to see the gym and discuss if you are a fit for the community it holds, contact me. I will show you around the gym and we can talk about what you are looking for and I can tell you how things run in my gym. If it's a fit, you will be a part of a very exciting and supportive environment. If you want to do your thing alone, you can. If you need a spot or want to jump in with a group, you can. But motivating things are always happening all around you.

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