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.
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
I have spent more than half my life training and competing in martial arts. I have backgrounds in Folkstyle wrestling, Freestyle wrestling, Catch-As-Catch-Can wrestling, Brazilian Jiu jitsu, American Jiu jitsu, Boxing, American kickboxing, Muay Thai, Krav Maga, and Shoot Fighting. I have done several sanctioned fights in MMA and Muay Thai, and am 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, I have also spent a decade working in clubs in one of the highest crime rate areas in the country.
Having worked as security myself, trained security staff, and managed night club security teams, I have 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.
I feel like I bring a wealth of both sport and real world knowledge into my instruction style, preferring to blend them together as often as possible, in order to stay true to the core purpose of the martial arts.
I have always been interested in the gym starting from middle school. After some time in the gym, I discovered powerlifting and found my calling. I competed in my first meet in 2016, since then I have competed a handful of times. In 2019 I became a state level referee and in 2021 I earned my national referee status.
One of my main goals is to help the sport of powerlifting grow and help take it to the mainstream platform. I have coached a multitude of different athletes from beginners to more advanced lifters. I have also handled athletes at over a dozen competitions with many taking 1st place in their respective division. I have been to over 30+ powerlifting competitions ranging from small local meets to the biggest stage of the World Games in the capacity of coach, athlete, or referee. My goal as a coach is to help push athletes past what they believe they can do.
I have completed the USAPL Club Coach certification.
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.
Education: Firearms and Defensive Tactics.
Paying attention to the small details of working with an athlete, helps them reach their goals.
CF L1, Multiple years in organized sports
Effort and consistency combined will give great results
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.
7+ years as a firefighter paramedic. Rescue specialist for special operations technical rescue team. 10+ years CrossFit experience + 9+ years CrossFit coaching experience.
“You don’t have to get ready if you stay ready”
CF level 1, AS-Criminal Justice Technology, General Instructor (FDLE), Defensive Tactics Instructor (FDLE)
Finish stronger than you started.
10 years as Firefighter + Paramedic
Show up, pay attention, do your best and don’t give up.
CF-L1 , BS-Nursing
We learn together, we work together, we strive for better together and we all win together.