Fitness does not have to be intimidating. In fact, it can even be fun. Just ask Austin Dubberly, Iron Tribe Fitness coach and manager of the future Iron Tribe Franklin, which is tentatively set to open in February 2017.
“We like to say it’s fun, it’s fast and it’s fitness,” Dubberly said. “It’s fun because you’re in a group setting and the exercises are different every day. It’s fast because it’s just 45 minutes long. Lastly, it’s fitness because you’re going to become the best version of yourself.”
A former collegiate and professional baseball player, Dubberly knows fitness. He played at the University of Montevallo, just south of Birmingham, and then went on to play professionally for the River City Rascals, an independent team in Missouri.
After wrapping up his baseball career, Dubberly said he became bored with working out.
“I didn’t like going to the gym and just doing my own thing,” he said. “I found Iron Tribe in 2013 in Birmingham and fell in love with it.”
Like most great ideas, Iron Tribe Fitness began in a garage. In 2008, Founder and CEO Forrest Walden, his wife and two friends decided they were sick of waiting in lines for machines at large gyms and didn’t want to pay big bucks for a personal trainer. Their solution was to launch their own fitness and nutrition program in Walden’s garage.
Iron Tribe Fitness quickly grew and opened its first brick and mortar location in Birmingham in 2012. There are now over 40 locations across the United States, and it was recently named to the Inc. 5000 List of America’s Fastest Growing Companies.
The classes–offered morning, afternoon and night– combine personal training with group fitness and are created for people of all ages and fitness levels. Every day is a unique full body workout. Each “tribe” across the nation does the same workout, so members can stay consistent, no matter where they go.
“The thing I love most about our workout is that I get to do it with a group of people,” said Dubberly. “I don’t care what the workout is as long as I’m doing it with friends. I hate running and love barbells, but I know whatever it is, I will still enjoy the class regardless.”
Dubberly decided he wanted to be more than just a member of Iron Tribe, he wanted to “be a part of people’s life change.”
He was hired in 2014 and coached in Nashville at Iron Tribe Fitness Belmont.
Dubberly, along with two other coaches, will head up the new Iron Tribe location in downtown Franklin, inside the old Franklin fire hall.
This will be a much more convenient location for Dubberly, who now resides in Franklin with his wife, Emily.
“We love the small town feel of Franklin,” he said. “I’m from Helena, AL, which is a small suburb of Birmingham. Franklin is very similar to home.”
In his time outside of the gym, Dubberly enjoys walking in downtown Franklin. He appreciates the historical aspects the area has to offer. He and his wife especially like going for walks and drives during the fall.
A self-proclaimed “adventurer,” Dubberly enjoys spending time outdoors- fishing, playing sports like basketball and golf or just hanging out with friends.
Dubberly believes Iron Tribe will fill a need for fitness in downtown Franklin. He encourages all people, despite age or fitness level, to give it a shot.
“Just come try it out. We are going to make sure to take any intimidation out that can be associated with a new gym. People will receive love they have never gotten in a fitness setting or at all period.”
Iron Tribe Franklin is currently offering a discounted founders rate to the first 50 members who sign up. The coaches will discuss individual goals with each member, helping them to decide on the best package, depending on the frequency and length of time.
Dubberly’s advice to new potential members?
“Leave your ego at the door, and come check it out.”