Growing up in a household of physical, mental, and drug abuse I always felt small and inferior because I couldn’t protect my mother and siblings. This led to harboring anger which led to poor decisions and a lot of drinking which further led to trouble. Yet somehow I knew I would do something with my life, I did have a couple amazingly supportive figures to look up to.
With just barely a high school education I was pretty much cut out for factory work which I did my entire adult life and hated every minute of it for 13 years. During this time around 2006, my wife and I took up fitness because my drinking got out of control! I had always been athletic but never worked out, I fell in love with strength! Strength gave me that confidence I needed when I was younger.
This developed into a passion and I self-studied everything I could about fitness and nutrition. I realized I was doing well at it and was even helping my friends with their fat loss and fitness goals. So I decided to get my personal training certification in the spring of 2010 not sure of what I would do with it.
In June of 2010 my grandma, the family matriarch, and my whole life, died of heart failure. This was a catalyst for me, I realized this was not the life I was meant to live and create for myself and my beautiful wife.
So I started planning and planning, and planning.
I spent the next 18 months building plans for starting my own fitness training studio. I knew nothing about business and had no practical training in fitness but I figured what the hell “you gotta start somewhere” and why not the deep end with the sharks!!
In July of 2011 I quit my job, cashed in $23,000 of my 401K and planned to open my training studio. I didn’t even have a place picked out yet and only $23000 to fund my bills that totaled $3000/month. That goes fast!! But I didn’t care, I knew I was going to succeed.
I opened Dream Body Fitness on November 1 2011. I had a handful of dumbbells and some mats and about 5 friends that “joined” my gym.
Fast forward to present and I have over 100 clients, a staff, and the greatest fitness training center in my area, promoting strength, confidence, and perseverance!
I realize this little BOLD idea shouldn’t have come to fruition but I never gave up and never will. I have a successful business, wonderful team, a beautiful supportive wife, and amazing clients who are like family.
I am very proud to say I built this!
What is HIRT?
With an emphasis on strength development and women’s power lifting, we understand that everyone is at a different fitness level and we will push to get you moving properly but we do expect you to destroy your boundaries, not push them but utterly annihilate them.
We come from the hardest knocks of life so excuses are foreign to us. Sure we will listen but don’t expect much sympathy, everyone has “this or that” just do YOUR best and don’t make excuses, personal responsibility is our highest principle.
Strength and confidence helped us through dark times and we understand how to help you deal with your possible “dark times” with physical training that leaves the mind blank and your heart determined, with support that feels like family is around you, and friendships that are real.
We are not here to get you started or to temporarily get you in shape for some event, we want you to join us for as long as we exist. We expect you to push yourself to become the maximum potential of your physical and mental fortitude.
On the surface it is fun and jovial but make no mistake, when it comes time to do work, you will find a desire to be your best here!
-Chris Barnett, Owner
1756 W Cherry Lane Suite 110-120
Meridian Idaho, 83642