POSTED: Sunday, August 18, 2013 - 3:35pm
UPDATED: Sunday, August 18, 2013 - 9:42pm
Jacksonville Tx (KETK) — A family-owned gym in Jacksonville works out a little different than your typical gym.
The members at Iron Works gym are breaking state and national records in power lifting.
Iron works gym is small on the inside, but all the members have a huge will and determination to stay fit and train for national competitions.
"It's a great way maintain your health. It's a great way to stay active and it's something you can literally do for the rest of your life if you choose too," said Owner Danny Foreman.
Foreman says power lifting changed his life.
"It's definitely taught me to be more focused on accomplishing my goals because once you get something in your head like this, it transforms into every aspect of your life."
Most are big muscly men, but girls as young as 14 are squatting over 100 pounds and breaking state and national records.
"I mean you see a bunch of guys lift all this weight you kind of want to say hey I'm 14 and I can go lift all this weight and people just cheer for you it's just a lot of fun," said 14-year-old Amanda Lee.
Lee is a cheerleader and when she tells people at school she also competes in power lifting....
"They say huh I wouldn't see you as the power lifting type."
And she's following in her mom's footsteps.
"I think when a lot of people think female power lifters, they have this vision in their head but mainly it's feminine woman that just enjoy lifting heavy weights and pushing themselves,'' said powerlifter Lisa Foreman.
But, for others, power lifting is more than just a workout.
"A buddy of mine passed away in December and I promised him I would do a meet," said powerlifter Anthony Moye.
Moye held up his end of the bargain.
He competed in a meet back in April and ended up breaking 4 state records.
"I knew he'd be there if I did, so that's been my motivation," said Moye.
And as a family, both Lisa, Danny and Amanda are training to break a world record in December.