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Rick StrongBack

My name is Rick and I run Downtown Fitness, a private gym & training studio in my hometown of Franklin NC. I have been a full time trainer since 2010 and have more certifications than I know what to do with.

Our gym is inclusive, body positive/neutral, and LGBTQIA+ owned. I am a competitive powerlifter holding several Men's NC state records and have competed in a handful of other sports over the last decade. I enjoy spending my playtime performing oldetime feats of strength, helping with community aid projects, being a huge nerd, and hanging out with my family.


So, howdy y'all... welcome to the show.

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Achievments & Credentials


I am a certified & insured Personal Trainer. I hold several certifications including ISSA Personal Trainer & Fitness Nutrition Specialist, Precision Nutrition, as-well-as holding over 2-dozen other specialty certifications. I have been a trainer & coach full-time since 2010 and have trained hundreds of clients. I also have coached award-winning athletes across several sports.


Since 2016 I have been coaching athletes in Powerlifting and Bodybuilding.  Our team over the years has produced dozens of State Lifting Records, best lifter awards, and Pro-Cards.  


I currently hold several NC Men's State Records in Powerlifting.  

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