Welcome to Iron Athlete

We are passionate about clients results.

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Progress & Results

We operate daily with the intent to progressively help you become better than you were yesterday

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Our Facilty

Iron Athlete is your old-school gym. Amazing culture, 6 squat racks, platforms, space to MOVE and MUCH MORE!

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What We Do

We are a locally owned and operated Gym and Sport Performance facility focused on weight lifting. Built by lifters, for lifters.

General Membership

Already know your way around the weight room? Just need a place to chalk up and lift? Want a…

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Adult Classes and Programs

At Iron Athlete, we believe in effective, results-driven training for all our clients.  We offer various options to…

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Sport Performance – Strength & Conditioning

Iron Athlete offers monthly memberships for youth & high school athletes. We design and coach highly individualized strength and…

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About Us

Iron Athlete is the area’s premiere weight lifting gym & sports performance training facility. Why?  Because we are first and foremost a weight lifting focused gym.   Our Weight room is not an afterthought.  It is our priority.  We built it for those of us that enjoy a great weight room more than a cluttered commercial gym with rows of cardio machines.  Think NCAA-level weight room. You’ll have a good idea of what we offer and what we are all about.  Equipment.  Turf.  Space to train.  Platforms, lots of racks, olympic bars, chains, bands and band pegs, etc…  If you like to train, you belong here.

Meet Our Co-Founders & Coaches:

Iron Athlete-048Jim Ward

Jim has spent most of his life training. From the early days in the North Penn Valley Boys Club to the University of Notre Dame’s sports training facility and now at Iron Athlete.  Along the way he has earned a B.S. in Exercise Science from Temple University and a personal trainer certification from the American College of Sports Medicine. His combination of formal education and hands on “in the weight room” experience have helped Jim to establish himself as the “go to” sports performance coach in the area.

Coach Ward is the head strength and conditioning coach for North Penn football, men’s lacrosse and men’s basketball as well and North Penn field hockey.

Sara Zollars

A former collegiate Division I volleyball player earned a Bachelors of Science degree from Purdue University. Her passion for health and fitness inspired her to become certified as a personal trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine and a Level 1 Sports Performance Coach through USA Weightlifting.

Backstory: Sara started weight training in junior high and high school as part of the strength and conditioning component for a nationally ranked volleyball team.  It was there she learned about building a winning culture – the expectations of dedication, hard work, commitment and working for a difficult, long term goal – every day.  This is something she uses daily as a coach and enjoys passing on to the athletes she works with.

Iron Athlete combines her passion for training and nutrition, sports, teaching, coaching and helping people become better – mentally and physically.

Competition of Choice: Sara vs. Sara… She believes that figuring out how to push her own mental and physical limits helps her to be a better coach, business owner, and human.