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We are going to be real with you. This is not a gym.

You will not get a key card and a free reusable water bottle. You will not have the opportunity to mind-numbingly kill time on a treadmill, nor will you get to take pictures of yourself on the cable pull-down machine in front of the mirrors. 

We have none of these things. We do none of these things. Machines and mirrors are for cattle and brushing your hair. They have no place here. What you will find is authenticity, accountability, and commitment.

At Iron Legion, you are a part of a movement. We are a strength culture based in Ocala, Florida and we have a very different view on strength and conditioning. Our focus is you. Our focus is strengthening you and building your confidence one quality rep at a time.

We’re not a great fit for everyone. Iron Legion is where you come when you have decided that it’s time to transcend all the bullshit trendy gyms and all of the terrible advice on the Internet. We are here when you finally, truly commit to who you want to be.

When you are ready to commit to the work, we are ready to commit to you.

At Iron Legion, you join a team. And the best teams are led by the best coaches.

Our quality programs are led by a carefully selected team of coaches. We are with you each step of your journey to a stronger, leaner, faster, and more confident you. 

You can expect a very unique blend of programs, each designed to enhance and complement the other, ultimately enhancing your human performance. Each program is led by a specialist in their respective field.

After all, we are forging better humans here.

Iron Legion takes great pride in the ability to work with people at any age or level of fitness. Whether it’s your first day in the gym or you’re an advanced competition athlete, we have a team that can support and optimize you to be your best.

My name is Ted Dreaver, and I started Iron Legion in 2012. I genuinely enjoy meeting new people and finding out where they are trying to go with their health and fitness. Come see us in Downtown Ocala and ask for me. Let me show you what Iron Legion can do for you.

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Let us ask you a question. If this was something we didn’t care about, why would we be here or do what we do?

Time is valuable.

You have it in limited quantities and so do we. You’ve created an image of how you want to view yourself and of how you want to be viewed by others in your mind. It requires change and a break from routine to achieve your image and fitness goals. The journey can be long, rigorous, and challenging. Change is a process that starts with learning the way. This is where we come in. 

 Your training and education during our process is everything. Value your training sessions as  these windows of time are steps on the journey to who you want to become. 

Start today. Break the mold. We will help you find a program with coaches that can get you where you want to go.

Ted Dreaver

I learned early in life that the lone wolf mentality was bullshit. Surrounding myself with a team of focused, respectful people who are on the same mission made even the most intense projects manageable, successful, and enjoyable.

I’ve always been a gym rat, even when growing up traveling from city to city. One thing always bothered me about the globo gym space. It was sterile, faceless, impersonal. There could be 100 people in a random GoldsLa Fitness but the place would be completely devoid of social connection. There was no real push to get better. I would watch people everywhere move like cattle from machine to machine, never making any progress while managing to look bored as hell.

Fast forward to 2011. My wife and I have a growing family. I was weary of the road and had always wanted to start my own fitness business that helped people and I was super interested in the CrossFit model. Read Ted’s Full Story. 

I started Iron Legion in my backyard. (WATCH VIDEO

Three people and a basketball full of sand sealed with duct tape. We threw it at a target I mounted on an old satellite dish. We had rust and sand in our eyes, but it was the beginning of the hard work shoulder-to-shoulder with companions and the human connection that would become what exists today.

That growth came from the careful selection of leaders that are the Iron Legion Team. Our coaching staff has included CrossFit Games athletes, Olympic weightlifting world record holders, strength and conditioning coaches from NASCAR, collegiate coaches, MMA athletes, doctors and prominent members of the first responder and tactical communities. Some members of our coaching staff have numerous certifications from USAW, NASM, CrossFit, BirthFit, and more. 

What about the Iron Legion team? We train Ocala’s leaders, movers, and doers. We focus on our mission together. What’s the mission? To forge better humans. 

 

Dr. Nick Neratka

I am a Functional Movement Chiropractor with 10 years of practice experience. I worked as the Team Chiropractor for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 2014-2016 and more recently with Crossfit Games athletes at both CrossFit Regionals and the CrossFit Games. In my eyes, movement is the best medicine and the body is always better when it’s in motion. On top of being a Chiropractor, I have competed and coached amidst the CrossFit competitive company for the last 4 years. My wife Kaitie and I joined Iron Legion over a year ago and our combined approach to health and wellness, we’re helping to push the mission and message here at Iron Legion.

Certifications – Active Release Technique, Graston, Selective Functional Movement Assessment, Motion Palpation

Specialties – Functional Movement, Biomechanics, Functional Fitness, Sports Medicine

Top 20 Elite Team Division Finishers – Wodapalooza 2018

#MoveOften and Positively affecting lives through fitness

Kaitie Neratka

I never expected to have such a love and passion for coaching until I became a Crossfit coach. It also took me a while to not respond with “oh I’m just a Crossfit Coach” when I was asked what I did for a living. It took seeing over and over and over again the changes that took place in members’ lives not just physically but mentally and emotionally to realize I have one of THE most important and influential jobs. I have the opportunity to help guide someone to be healthier, happier, more confident, stronger, faster, increase longevity, heck even see the reverse of health issues. It’s a blessing to be able to watch someone be brave enough to walk into a Crossfit gym, say “I’m here to make a change”, and then be able to help them reach their goals.
My philosophy as a coach has always been quality over quantity. Whether it’s weight, skill level or reps. If you can’t do a skill at its most basic level extremely well you do not need to be adding weight or speed or technical difficulty. I know some may disagree with this and of course there are exceptions to every rule.. BUT it never fails that when I have two athletes at the same level and one has patience to work on perfecting a skill and another rushes to just do the cool stuff, every single time the athlete who took the time will pass up the athlete who didn’t.
I am a L1 certified Crossfit Coach. I have my masters in exercise science and rehabilitation and my NASM nutrition certification.

Terrie Bourgeois

Terrie has spent more than half his life training and competing in martial arts. He has backgrounds in Folkstyle wrestling, Freestyle wrestling, Catch-As-Catch-Can wrestling, Brazilian Jiujitsu, American Jiujitsu, Boxing, American kickboxing, Muay Thai, Krav Maga, and Shoot Fighting. He has several sanctioned fights in MMA and Muay Thai, and is a veteran of amateur and professional grappling competition ranging from regional tournaments such as Grapplers Quest, NAGA, Copa, and Newbreed, to national level professional tournaments such as High Rollerz, Contender Series, Pan American Games, and ADCC Trials. In addition to remaining active in sport competition for more than 15 years, Terrie also spent a decade working in clubs in one of the highest crime rate areas in the country. Having worked as security himself, trained security staff, and managed night club security teams, he has faced hundreds of altercations. These have ranged from one on one disputes, melees with multiple assailants, altercations involving weapons of opportunity such as glass bottles and bar stools, and assailants with knives and guns.

Terrie brings a wealth of both sport and real world knowledge into his instruction style, preferring to blend them together as often as possible, in order to stay true to the core purpose of the martial arts.

Isabelle Ramirez

I’ve always been someone who picks something challenging to learn. I took classes in college because I thought they would be interesting, not because it would be an easy A. In 2012 I found myself in a gym, trying out a CrossFit program and being thrust into a world that I had never known before. I immediately wanted to learn everything I could. Because of that, my journey with CrossFit has taken me on a path I didn’t expect.
CrossFit has quite literally changed my life. My non-athlete self was riddled with self-doubt, body dysmorphia and low confidence. The barbell didn’t care though, and I felt the shift. Becoming encouraged by the idea of what my body could do and not what it shouldn’t look like.
I’ve seen a lot of growth in myself in the last decade. My family has grown with more babies, my education has expanded, and I’ve met people with beautiful souls. What drives me now isn’t how quickly I can get to the next thing, but how meaningful are my connections with my community.
I’ve set out to nurture and support our local community, especially women during the motherhood transition. I am proud to be a part of a team that tries equally to make our place better than before.
I’m currently a USAW-1 coach, CrossFit L1 coach and BirthFit coach working at Iron Legion full time as the Media Manager, Content Creator, Coach, Part-Time Smoothie Maker and Tik-Toker.
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Karen Dreaver

Coaching Certifications + Education: MS-Equine Reproduction – Texas A+M, Competitive swimming for 16 years including 4 years Salem University (D2) 1 Mile distance

Try your best. Don’t cry. Don’t be mean to others.

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Wayne Smith

Education: Firearms and Defensive Tactics.

Paying attention to the small details of working with an athlete, helps them reach their goals.

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Tim Zapata

CF L1, Multiple years in organized sports

Effort and consistency combined will give great results

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James Geering

Foundation Training, Student Instructor, NSCA CPT, Strongfirst KettleBell Class, BSc in Exercise. Physiology and Kinesiology from UF25 years of coaching martial arts and fitness. Coached tactical athletes from 16 years, CrossFit athlete for 12 years and coach for 11.

Making people mentally and physically stronger and more resilient so they can thrive in life.

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Nick Aviles

Coaching Certifications + Education: BS-Criminology, JD, MBA Candidate

Anything is possible you just have to be motivated.

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Casey Walsh

CF level 1, AS-Criminal Justice Technology, General Instructor (FDLE), Defensive Tactics Instructor (FDLE)

Finish stronger than you started.

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Josh Boyer

10 years as Firefighter + Paramedic

Show up, pay attention, do your best and don’t give up.

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Kathleen Hayden

CF-L1 , BS-Nursing

We learn together, we work together, we strive for better together and we all win together.