The new gym in North Vernon has opened in the former Ceres building.

The Iron Benders Fitness and Nutrition, known as the toughest gym in the area, made their grand opening last Saturday with Mayor Mike Oaks with a ribbon and a protein donut in hand for all customers.

Iron Benders is the second 24-hour gym to be opened in Jennings County, the second of which is fitness at any time. Iron Benders operate Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday through 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Iron Benders has a wide range of equipment and facilities, including free weights, squats and benches, circuit training, battle ropes, kettle bells, medicine balls, treadmills, oval, row machines, bicycles, terraces, yoga mats, private bathrooms, showers. , Towels and premium toiletries.

The gym is owned by Simon and Abby Sterns. Both are Jennings County residents and have dreamed of opening a gym for some time. “Fitness is my desire,” says Simon. Another reason he wanted to open a gym in North Vernon was to help young people. “I can’t stand those who sit in front of the TV, play video games, go out and exercise. They will be out of shape. I want to get these kids into the gym, to love their health and to be physically fit. Being physically fit has a lot to do with your mental well-being. This love of helping the local youth can only be demonstrated by looking at all the gym offers, including student discounts and group exercise for children ages 7-11.

The price of Iron Benders is one of the lowest in the area and the monthly price starts at $ 20 for students. This price will increase to $ 25 for first responders, teachers, health care workers, military members and seniors. The standard price for anyone who wants to join the gym is $ 30 a month.

Costs include 24/7 gym access and unlimited group classes, up to $ 85 per month: HIIT, strength, cardio and circuit. For $ 125 a month, members receive all of the above, as well as 30 minutes of weekly training.

Iron Benders is made up of a large staff and coaching staff who do everything possible to keep members in good shape. Alongside Simon and Abby, Strength and Condition Coach Nathaniel Staples, Personal Coach and Nutrition Coach Heather Barber, Registered Therapist in the Elderly Strength and Mobility and Children’s Fitness Unit, Cody Bauer, Certified Personal Coach, Private and Athletic Training Professional soccer player Tom Bowman, team fitness coach Tosha Bowman and certified team fitness instructor Tara Henry.

Although downtown parking is sometimes overcrowded, Iron Benders have many options for its members. Along with regular road parking, there is a parking lot behind the former PNC Drive Thru Lot, and the police department.

If you are interested in registering, you can stop by the gym on Mondays and Saturdays, or you can register online at Ironbender.