Greenville, brimming with healthy-living initiatives—the Swamp Rabbit Trail, B-cycles all over town, and jam-packed farmers’ markets—is prime territory for newcomer Iron Tribe Fitness. With the gym’s focus on personal attention, limited membership, nutrition training, and high- intensity, team-based workouts, it’s attracting a dedicated following of men (and women) who are serious about slimming down and shaping up. We asked Rob Jackman, trainer/operator at the Augusta Road location and a former strength and conditioning coach for some of the Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackles, how guys can avoid the “Dad bod.”
HOW IS IRON TRIBE DIFFERENT FROM REGULAR GYMS?
We cap our membership at 300 people to keep it small. We also have more of a “personal-training feel” but in a group setting, with multiple trainers in one class, for example. We refer to all of our members as “athletes,” and we start by putting everyone through Iron Tribe 101, which is a 30-day program that progresses in intensity and even involves lectures on nutrition. You can also pick up our meals at the gym.
WHAT IS THE BARE MINIMUM FOR EXERCISING THESE DAYS?
Generally, it’s three times a week for 30 minutes, and that doesn’t mean spending 30 minutes in a gym, but actually working out for 30 minutes. Iron Tribe is geared to people who don’t have a lot of time, so you’re in and out in 45 minutes.
WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE BEST OVERALL FITNESS EXERCISE?
I’d say, with equipment, the front squat into a press, and without equipment, the burpee or the burpee pull-up.
IF WE CAN’T MAKE IT TO THE GYM, WHAT SHOULD WE DO?
You can always incorporate more movement into your life by walking more, parking further away, using the stairs, or getting a standing or treadmill desk. Try to start doing 50 squats a day and 50 sit-ups, and rotate those on different days.
SINCE NUTRITION IS A KEY COMPONENT OF YOUR PROGRAM, WHAT ARE THE WORST FOODS TO EAT?
Sugar, of course. But also any low-fat products (because they replace the fat with sugar), milk, whole wheat, soy, and processed meats. You simply can’t outwork a bad diet.
ARE YOU SEEING ANY TRENDS IN FITNESS?
I think people are moving away from machines because they put the joints under stress. Also, that’s what makes people have to spend so much time in the gym to get results.
IS THERE A BEST TIME OF DAY OR EVENING TO WORKOUT?
Morning or evening, it really doesn’t matter. Just make the effort. The number-one thing to make sure of before you begin is that you are working with a highly-certified trainer. Iron Tribe only hires trainers with multiple certifications, and they go through our extensive additional training each year.
Iron Tribe Fitness // 2227 Augusta St, Greenville (864) 990-2020, greenville.irontribefitness.com