Iron Benders Fitness and Nutrition Opens as NV’s Toughest Gym | North Vernon


North Vernon’s newest gym has opened in the former Sears building.

Iron Benders Fitness and Nutrition, touted as the neighborhood’s toughest gym, held their grand opening this past Saturday with a ribbon cutting with Mayor Mike Ochs, and had protein doughnuts on hand for all patrons.

Iron Benders is the second 24 hour gym to open in Jennings County, with the second being Anytime Fitness. Iron Benders is staffed Monday-Friday, 8 a.m — 5 p.m., and Saturday from 8 a.m. — 2 p.m.

Iron Benders has a plethora of equipment and amenities, including free weights, squat and bench racks, circuit training, battle ropes, kettle bells, medicine balls, treadmills, ellipticals, row machine, bike, step benches, yoga mats, private bathrooms, shower, towels, and premium toiletries.

The gym is owned and operated by Simeon and Abby Stearns. Both are residents of Jennings County and have had the dream of opening a gym for quite some time. “Fitness is a passion of mine,” noted Simeon. Another reason he wanted to open a gym in North Vernon is to help the youth. “ I can’t stand kids sitting in front of the TV, playing video games, not wanting to get outside and exercise. They become out of shape. I want to get these kids in the gym, get them passionate about their health and being physically fit. Being physically fit has a lot to do with your mental well-being as well because you feel better about yourself.” This passion for helping the local youth can be shown just by looking at all the gym has to offer, with discounted rates for students, and even a group exercise class for kids ages 7-11.

Pricing for Iron Benders is one of the lowest in the area, with the monthly rate starting at $20 for students. This price increases to $25 for first responders, teachers, healthcare workers, military members, and seniors. The standard rate for all others wanting to join the gym is $30 monthly.

The prices goes up to $85 a month for a package that includes 24/7 gym access as well as unlimited group classes, that will include HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), Strength, Cardio/Core, and Circuit. For $125 a month, members will receive everything mentioned above, plus a 30 minute person training session every week.

Iron Benders is made up of a very large team of staff and trainers that will give their all to help members get in their best shape. Alongside Simeon and Abby are Nathaniel Staples, a certified strength and condition coach, personal trainer, and nutritional coach, Heather Barber, a registered occupational therapist that will lead the Seniors Strength and Mobility and Kids Fitwize Class, Cody Bauer, a certified personal trainer, Tom Baughman, a former collegiate and semi-professional football player that will be doing personal and athletic training, Tosha Baughman, a group fitness teacher, and Tara Henry, a certified group fitness instructor.

While downtown parking is sometimes congested, Iron Benders has many options for their members. Along with normal street parking, there are also spots available in the former PNC Drive Thru lot, as well as the parking lot behind the police department.

If you are interested in signing up, you can stop into the gym during staffed hours Monday-Saturday, or you can sign up online at ironbender


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