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This was a write up I did internally just for my internal group here at Iron Legion. Thought you all may enjoy it – and I hope you apply it:

A life without intensity will kill you slowly. Taking the comfortable road, always doing the “right thing” just leads to a life of pure boredom.

I remember sitting at an end of the year ceremony at an elementary school with my son recently. They actually gave out an award for “excellent attendance”. At a place that indoctrinates kids to do what they are told all day long regardless of their individual gifts or talents. 

How – boring. Great little corporate drones are a product of “excellent attendance”.

Life is meant to be lived man – full throttle. 


Those people who tell you not to take chances

They are all missing on what life’s about

You only live once so take hold of the chance

Don’t end up like others, same song and dance

“Motorbreath” by Metallica, 1982


Most of you need to start applying WAY more intensity.

This environment here at Iron Legion sets you up to be different – to be better. I never wanted to be like everyone else.

I was 8 when this song was written and released. To say that it changed my life is an understatement. 

I didn’t have a lot of “heroes” growing up – but Hetfield was probably my first.

This tune reached out and grabbed me at 10 years old and never ever let go.

The ferocity – the pure adrenaline rush and the lyrics combine into a masterpiece of pure testosterone and adrenaline generated fury.

I just listened to it in my truck coming to the gym and remember that behind all my drive – all my determination growing up and even today, started with this song.

It was gasoline for a preteen me. It’s still a ripper of a song 40 years later…

I posted a video of its earliest known live video – 1985. Enjoy – 

(Click video now or turn it up and play it again)

You – want to be stronger, faster, a better father, mother, friend, leader, financially stable, healthier, ripped – whatever – it’s your goal.

Your goals should be your passions. Your passion should be your obsession. Your obsession should be your FIRE.

Every rep, every step towards that goal should burn with intensity – NOTHING should be able to stand in your way.

The milestones achieved along the way should be bridges burned to a past you no longer are interested in. 

Start living on your terms – not anyone else’s.

Full speed or nothin.

-Coach Ted


I envy folks that can tell you where they are from. I know where I was born, but I hit the ground running and started making tracks all over the country.

Some of you have fond memories of growing up in one place. My story is different.

I was born in Detroit, Michigan and my old man was in the construction trades. Money is made on the road, so that’s where my brothers and I grew up. Sometimes we were in one place for a month, other times for six months. Campgrounds and the back of a pickup truck was our life. 

I began working with my old man as a teenager before it was time to strike out on my own. One thing that always impressed me about my dad when I worked with him was the respect that he got from his men. It didn’t matter where we were, in this country or another, he knew how to lead.

I’m not talking about barking orders or being a dick. I’m talking about true leadership. He just naturally carried himself in a way that clearly identified him as the guy. He led by respecting his men and being there with them through some of the toughest shit.

I wanted that. I wanted to set the same kind of example for others that my old man did for me. I got to work honing my leadership skills over time in my own construction career. I became known as the guy companies could send into high pressure situations. I craved high-risk projects with tight deadlines and serious potential consequences. 

I found myself with a very unique skill set, one I developed from growing up on the road. I had the ability to quickly determine the character and worth of an individual, to clearly see if they could work on a team.

This served me greatly when dropped in a city I had never been to to handle a project with a deadline. There isn’t time to get your bearings. It was sink or swim. You’ve got to swim to be a success.

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.

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 business. 

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. 

These gyms are everything they shouldn’t be: Cold. Mechanical. Commoditized.

I wanted to start a fitness business that helped people, and I was super interested in the CrossFit model. There is lots of focus on the social aspect and the human connection — the things that were so obviously missing from the globo gyms. However, I’m not a big joiner. So I took that CrossFit model and put my own spin on it.

I started in my backyard. 

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.

Three people became 30 people in six weeks. We decided to move spaces and solidified ourselves as an official business. Three locations later in 2014, we found ourselves in our current facility and we have been steadily forging ahead ever since.

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. 

My traveling days ended in Ocala in 2012. But I began another journey: building a team designed specifically to make my hometown a better place full of stronger, more confident people.

I’m proud of my Iron Legion team. We continue to forge Ocala’s best.

-Ted Dreaver

What do top performers Joe Rogan, Jocko Willink and Tim Kennedy and more all have in common?


Each of these guys operate at an extremely high level in their careers – and all of them train Jiu Jitsu.


Here at Iron Legion we have found a direct correlation to the types of programs we offer – and some of the most successful people in Ocala. 


And now, to enhance our offerings to Ocala’s Leaders and Doers – we offer Jiu Jitsu.


Iron Legion in downtown Ocala is now a Helio Soneca Affiliate:


Helio Moreira, commonly known as “Soneca”, is regarded by many as a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu legend. A black belt under Carlos Gracie Junior, Helio “Soneca” became one of BJJ’s top competitors in the late 1990’s decade, having also followed a short term career in mixed martial arts (MMA). Moreira was one of the first black belts produced by the Gracie Barra academy, having later become a well respected instructor in Jiu Jitsu and MMA.


Our American Jiu Jitsu program is excellent for beginners and upper belts as well. Each class is professionally instructed by both Brown and Black belts in the Helio Soneca lineage. 


We are excited by the growth we are seeing and want to invite you to come try a week free on the house!


Come see what makes Iron Legion the training center for some of Ocala’s most successful people!


Shoot us a message right here and we will get your free week started straight away! Classes are filling up and space is limited – don’t miss out! 


Skill Practice:
EMOM 18:
A) 4-8 Strict Handstand Push
B) 6-12 Box Jumps
C 4-8 Strict Ring Dips


Squat Snatch Waves:
Every :90 x 9
Perform 3 Squat Snatches – Fast singles only, starting at 85/55, and ascending in no more than 15lbs in total each round. The focus would be to build to an at RPE 9 set of 3


In a 13min Window Complete:
30 Chest to Bar
90 Double Unders
30 Alt DB. Snatches (50/35)
90 Double Unders (20/14lbs to 10/9’)
**Max Wall Balls in remaining time


For Total Time:
4x800m Run, Rest 2min between efforts


For Time:
50 Deadlifts (135/95)
40 SA DB Clean and Jerk, Switch sides every 5 (50/35)
30 Bar facing Burpees (24/20)
200’ SA Overhead Walking Lunge (50/35)

For Time:
4 Rope Climbs
30 Double Unders
1 Burpee Ring Muscle Up
3 Rope Climbes
40 Double Unders
2 Burpee Ring Muscle Ups
2 Rope Climb
50 Double Unders
3 Burpee Ring Muscle Ups
1 Rope Climb
60 Double Unders
4 Burpee Ring Muscle Ups