“I’m Jesse Iversen. I’m 41 years old, and I’m Forged Fitness’ longest tenured member. I signed up during their grand opening demonstration on a Saturday back in December, 2005. I came from a background of body-building and training at a traditional “Globo Gym”. I wanted to do something that was more challenging, competitive, more athletic based. I started looking around, and from word of mouth I heard about the grand opening of this gym.I showed up and saw the demonstration for the fitness workout. They did a Muay Thai kickboxing demonstration, followed by a Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu demonstration with Jason Culbreth and Billy Dowey. I saw the demonstration and I knew right then and there that that was something I wanted to do, and that it was a team I wanted to be a part of. So I signed up on the spot. I cancelled my old gym membership the next day. Been here 9 years ever since. It’s like a second home to me. The people here are like family. I think that’s what makes this gym special, the people. I’ve met some great friends here.
We all push each other to be the best we can be, whether it’s from a fitness standpoint, a weightlifting standpoint, or during our Jiu-Jitsu training. You meet some great people here. Some of my best friends… I train with here. I’ve just formed some really great friendships. I’m a 15 year veteran of the Fire Department locally. Our job requires us to stay in shape. We need it, with some of the emergency situations that we face. I’ve found that training at Forged Fitness has helped my career immensely.
I actually thought I was in good shape from body building and training at a gym. Once I started training here, I realized that I wasn’t in as good shape as I thought I was. Forged Fitness, with the instruction here with Jason Culbreth and Billy Dowey, they’ve taken my fitness to a whole other level. The quality of instruction, the one-on-one attention, you can’t get that anywhere else. The martial arts training, the fitness training, Olympic weightlifting… whatever your passion is for fitness, you can find it here at Forged Fitness.”