The Strongest Gym in the Fort

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We are Stout Barbell

Stout Barbell isn’t known as “the strongest gym in the Fort” for no reason. Be prepared for a training experience unlike anything else in Fort Wayne. As a fully equipped Strongman and Powerlifting gym, there is something for every strength athlete. Use chalk, drop weights and profanities….we don’t care. We are all here for the same reason: to lift heavy shit. This is NOT a commercial gym with bullshit rules to keep you quiet and limited. Stout Barbell provides the ultimate old-school training environment. Whether you are training to compete or just trying to stay sane, there is no question you will be motivated to get stronger and perform better. Learn More…

 

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John “OC” O’Connor

 

Owner of STOUT Barbell

 

 

Who We Are

“All we did was talk about building our dream gym. Where we could train the way we wanted, lift how and what we wanted, yell , scream, cuss if we wanted. Train in a place that if you were going after a weight you’ve never tried before and dropped it you wouldn’t get your ass chewed.” Read More….

 

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HIIT Classes

A mix of bodyweight and strength movements, this class offers an insane workout. The fast-pace nature of HIIT will make the time fly by. Beginner friendly and scalable, all fitness levels welcome.

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Our Athletes

  • Damon Barth Arnold Classic 2018 Experience

    Damon Barth was kind enough to share his experience at the 2018 Arnold Classic. If you haven’t yet, you can check out his Athlete Bio here. How did it feel competing at such a big event? Like most people would, I get nervous prior to competing in front of such a big crowd, but that… Continue Reading

    Damon Barth Arnold Classic 2018 Experience
  • Jeremy Gillingham Arnold Classic 2018 Experience

    Jeremy Gillingham was kind enough to share his experience at the 2018 Arnold Classic. If you haven’t yet, check out his Athlete Bio here. How did it feel competing at such a big event? It was a lot of fun. Competing in front of a large crowd bring out the best in me. They brought… Continue Reading

    Jeremy Gillingham Arnold Classic 2018 Experience
  • Dana Shealey Arnold Classic 2018 Experience

    Dana Shealey competed at the 2018 Arnold classic, and was kind enough to answer a few questions about her experience. If you haven’t yet, check out her Athlete Bio here.   How did it feel competing at such a big event? I had a lot of mixed emotions competing at the Arnold. I had no… Continue Reading

    Dana Shealey Arnold Classic 2018 Experience
  • Dana Shealey

    About Dana Shealey When I was younger in high school, I wanted to try my hand at bodybuilding. After reading about the bland and strict diets I decided powerlifting and strongman would suit me better. I always had been blessed with strength and loved staying active. Accomplishments: Only female amputee to total 1306 in full… Continue Reading

    Dana Shealey
  • John O’Connor

    John O’Connor “OC” Graduated Norwell HS 1989. Joined Navy Seabees in 1992 and got to see some interesting places. Mogadishu in ‘93 and Bosnia in ‘96. Got out in 1997. Got accepted to the Fort Wayne Fire Department in 2002. Started lifting for real around 03 or so. Threw in my first Highland games in… Continue Reading

    John O’Connor
  • Jeremy Gillingham

    Jeremy Gillingham “Gill/Gilly” graduated from New Haven High School in 2002. I was a three-sport athlete finding success in Football and Track & Field as a thrower. I was a 5 time state qualifier (3x in Shot Put, 2x is Discus). I turned down playing college football to join the Track team at Ball State… Continue Reading

    Jeremy Gillingham
  • Damon Barth

    Damon started competing in the Scottish Highland Games in 2003, competing as an amateur until 2014, then moving on to the Masters division (athletes 40 and over). In 2014, he qualified for the Masters World Championships in Inverness, Scotland, finishing 8th. In 2016, he competed in the World Championships again, in Buffalo, New York, this… Continue Reading

    Damon Barth
  • Amara Gilraine

    Amara Gilraine began strength training over 4 years ago as a way to help recover from an eating disorder. She has been training at Stout Barbell since the summer of 2017. In August of 2017 she competed in an unsanctioned Strongman event and took first place in her weight class, quickly falling in love with… Continue Reading

    Amara Gilraine
  • Lisa Miller

      In high school I enrolled in an all male dominant bodybuilding class to learn basic movements and muscle groups. It was then that I had an interest in lifting weights. Years later after raising kids and juggling my career, I decided to seek out a gym where I could get stronger. It was the… Continue Reading

    Lisa Miller

From the Blog

Damon Barth Arnold Classic 2018 Experience

Damon Barth was kind enough to share his experience at the 2018 Arnold Classic. If you haven’t yet, you can check out his Athlete Bio here. How did it feel competing at such a big event? Like most people would, I get nervous prior to competing in front of such a big crowd, but that […]

Jeremy Gillingham Arnold Classic 2018 Experience

Jeremy Gillingham was kind enough to share his experience at the 2018 Arnold Classic. If you haven’t yet, check out his Athlete Bio here. How did it feel competing at such a big event? It was a lot of fun. Competing in front of a large crowd bring out the best in me. They brought […]

Dana Shealey Arnold Classic 2018 Experience

Dana Shealey competed at the 2018 Arnold classic, and was kind enough to answer a few questions about her experience. If you haven’t yet, check out her Athlete Bio here.   How did it feel competing at such a big event? I had a lot of mixed emotions competing at the Arnold. I had no […]