Reps 4 Recovery
I grew up in Reno and my drug and alcohol problems were at their worst between 15 and 25. I was put through countless rehabilitation programs and I saw a plethora therapists and counselors; these methods work well for some people, but something I never had was a safe place where I knew I could be (and stay) sober. During my years of using, the gym seemed to be the only thing with the power to pull me away from using. I truly believe there is something to be said about that, so I opened the Black Iron Gym 3 years ago and created the Reps 4 Recovery program (R4R). I want more people in need to feel the power I did to overcome.
About the Program
Since launching Reps 4 Recovery, I have been able to help well over 100 people in my community stay sober through fitness, community, and a “home” they want to keep coming back to. I have seen doctors, college students, lawyers, and more come through my doors and they all want the same things… to be sober, to be accepted, and to be loved. My staff and I give them all of those things, as do the other members who have been in the program for a while. We truly make each other stronger.
My business model has always been to provide as many free gym memberships as possible with the money that comes in. Unfortunately, not enough is coming in to properly support the Reps 4 Recovery program. I refuse to turn people away and in order to expand the program, hire help, and bring in more recovery warriors, I need you to help me (and my amazing staff who makes this all possible) offset the cost of providing free, training, equipment, coaching, group talk, programming, software, and clothing.
If you have ever struggled from addiction or alcoholism, or you have a loved one who has, this is a huge opportunity to help someone in need by providing them with a free gym membership. I firmly believe in the notion that fitness and lifting can act as treatment for substance abuse problems. I believe it, because it worked for me and I am a firsthand witness at seeing it work for countless others.
Many people have remained sober through fitness and everyone deserves the chance. Money will be managed through the Black Iron Gym bank account, and your donation could potentially save a life. Every donation and the love behind it is meaningful.
To offer you a cost breakdown of the program, here’s info about what different donation sizes could mean to a Reps 4 Recovery member:
★ $5 covers a member’s monthly administrative fee
★ $10 covers one day of the R4R program
★ $30 covers about 1 week of the R4R program
★ $60 covers about 2 weeks of the R4R program
★ $90 covers about 3 weeks of the R4R program
★ $120 covers about 4 weeks of the R4R program
★ There are also varying costs for new equipment, repairs, and day to say supplies
$60,000 would support 70-90 people for a whole year or 140-180 people for 6 months. I’ve seen that around the 6 month mark, a lot of people are able to begin supporting themselves with a paying membership. It’s amazing to see them give their free spot up so a new Reps 4 Recovery member’s journey can begin.
Joey and Quiana celebrating at the gym
THANK YOU for your support! In addition to donating, please share our story with your friends and family to help us spread the word: https://www.gofundme.com/repsforrecovery
Most treatment programs cost upward of $5k, and we might be able to show that we could "treat" someone for an average of $1,200 a year. Reps 4 Recovery works - what if it were available in every community?
I want to thank all the amazing donors for joining our team and highlight some comments - these feelings donors have posted echo everything we work toward with R4R. It’s been a joy to read them.
475 E Greg St #107
Sparks NV 89431
I made a donation in loving memory of my dad who was also a recovering alcoholic. I was so proud of how he turned his life around and then gave back to the community that saved his life. He started a stand up paddle board business with the same idea to provide a safe place for people in recovery. He tragically passed away last October doing what he loved. This touches my heart so much and I pray you are able to continue providing a safe place at your gym.
I am so excited about this! I think that the more we burst the doors open on modalities of therapy and treatment, the better! I love the way that you offer community to people who- due to lack of cultural wisdom- cannot find it else where. Many people think that sobriety is the opposite of addiction. But its not. Community, connection is the opposite of addiction. Thank you thank you thank you from the bottom of my heart for what you are doing. Changing lives. Being impactful. Loving and supporting. I support and celebrate you!
im a recovered alcoholic and know what its like but I have had my page up for 40 days for my daughter who has hypoplastic left heart syndrome and needs a transplant but not one person donated i see all these other people getting donations left and right for recovery and fitness and other wierd stuff so i don't understand why I can't get help for my daughter
I believe what you are doing is awesome and inspiring! I have been sober going on 3 years now and I would not change it for the world. This world definitely needs more individuals like yourself to not only spread the message, but to show how to "live" the lifestyle. Giving back is the major key in our development and also a major help in other's development. You are right when you say there is nothing better than when someone tells you how much you and your program has helped them. I love seeing the light reappear in people's eyes when they really "get it". I started a YouTube channel, Billy Booth, for personal growth. I have gained so much knowledge, and still do, of change and the benefits that I feel I need to share it with the masses. My life is truly great now and it is not because of money and fame, but of inner peace I discovered through my recovery. I love what you are doing and may God shine his light upon you every single moment of the days you have ahead of you. God Bless
Next week I celebrate 10 years of being clean and sober. The gym was one of the things that helped me get out of my head and away from my demons. Glad to support someone giving others this chance at life and at a life worth living. Those of you who seek sobriety, I hope you find whatever it is that makes whole because drugs and alcohol sure didn't do it for me!