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Thera Brown
Co-Owner / Chief Operating Officer


She never set out to co-own a gym. In fact, the journey to Iron House Strength & Conditioning was more about friendship, community, and a shared passion for making a difference. Several years ago, fate brought her together with Jeff Black, her business partner, through a fundraiser for Brittle Bone Disease. Jeff, like her son Ryker, battles Osteogenesis Imperfecta, also known as brittle bone disease. Their connection was instant, and she found herself deeply involved in Jeff's mission over time. Little did she know, this path would lead her to co-owning Iron House.

Unlike many in the fitness industry, she doesn't come from a traditional background in fitness. Her journey into co-ownership was paved with sweat equity and a desire to support a cause close to her heart. But despite lacking formal fitness credentials, her passion for building community and fostering belonging drove her every step of the way.

Iron House isn't just a gym; it's a vibrant community where everyone is welcomed with open arms. The ethos revolves around inclusivity; everyone wants to feel seen, heard, and accepted without judgment. Creating this environment has been one of her proudest achievements at Iron House.

One of the most rewarding aspects of her role is the opportunity to connect with their members on a personal level. Whether it's checking in on someone who hasn't been around or remembering the little details that make them feel at home, these moments remind her of the impact they have beyond fitness.

But life outside the gym has also brought its share of unexpected challenges. Picture this: there she is, minding her own business, when suddenly, BAM! A lady rear-ends her car, spinning like a confused top in the middle of rush hour traffic. Determined not to let the lady get away with it, she turns into the hero of her own slapstick movie—chasing her through the streets like a bumbling detective in hot pursuit of the world's least competent criminal.

Finally, she's cornered in the post office parking lot, surrounded by a swarm of bewildered onlookers. She marches up to her, ready to deliver her grand speech about justice and accountability—only to realize she forgot her lines! Despite her best efforts, the lady slips through her fingers like a greased pig at a county fair, leaving her with nothing but a scratched-up car and a bruised ego.

But hey, every comedy needs its punchline, right? And in this case, it's a reminder to always stand up for what's right, whether it's chasing down hit-and-run drivers or gently reminding their gym members that deodorant is their friend. After all, life's too short not to laugh—even when it feels like you're starring in your own personal sitcom!

At Iron House, the community is everything. They believe in having fun, being cool, and lifting heavy—both weights and spirits. They aim to provide a space where individuals can thrive, supported by coaches who understand their unique needs and goals.

So, what excites her most about Iron House's future? It's the opportunity to continue building this incredible community, one where everyone feels like they belong, both inside and outside the gym.

Welcome to Iron House Strength & Conditioning—Welcome Home.

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