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What does strong look like?

We believe strength is so much more than how much weight is on the bar.Strength comes in all shapes and sizes... what does strong look like for you?


We are different

We are a tribe of individuals interested in optimizing our human experience: mind, body, and spirit. We are all ages, all shapes, have different life paths, different backgrounds, and different goals. Yet, we all want to be better. We move, sleep, eat, laugh, play, rest, work, and live in accordance with our version of better. Join us on this road to awesome.


what we do:


Strength & Power

Strength is the ability to generate force.  Strength is the foundation of your body’s capacity to do work, and we think it is the most important physical contribution to quality of life.  Strength provides stability to our joints, increases our metabolic rate (even at rest) resulting in improved body composition, allows us to move external objects (suitcases, barbells, children), and prevents external objects from moving us (wind, kettlebells, children, gravity).  Power is the ability to generate force over time.  Power allows us to do strong things fast.  

Speed & Agility

Speed and agility are crucial components of athletic performance, and integral to every sport.  Agility is more than the balance and graceful movement patterns we see from agile people, it is the ability to learn new movements.  Maintaining the ability to learn new skills throughout our lives improves our quality of life.

Performance Optimization

The way we train is important, but the other 22 hours in the day are what determine results.  Getting our nutrition, sleep, alignment, and mobility dialed in has a much larger effect on overall human performance than our training alone.  Taking a wholistic approach is the only way to truly optimize human performance.


Forged Barbell takes a wholistic systems approach to strength training. By balancing stress and recovery through optimization of training, sleep, nutrition, hydration, stress management, and mobility, we produce results directly corresponding to quality of life improvements for all of our athletes. Our competitive teams focus on results on the platform. Our kids programs focus on functional movement patterns that will provide the foundation for any sport or activity they choose. Our general fitness and sport-specific strength and conditioning programs focus on developing balance, stability, agility, power, endurance, strength, flexibility, speed, coordination, and accuracy. Our programming is individually prescribed to each athlete responding to the volume, intensity, and movements that are appropriate to their personal performance goals, athletic history, fitness level, and imbalances. While the programming is individually prescribed, it is also broadly prescribed to the gym community as a whole. We all complete a squat cycle together, although a squat cycle will look very different for a beginner athlete compared with a competitive powerlifter. Forged Barbell is dedicated to the development and financial support of our weightlifting, powerlifting, and strongman competitive teams. All proceeds from merchandise sales support a fund that helps athletes and coaches travel for national and international competitions. We offer individual and family memberships, personal training, personal and remote coaching, team strength and conditioning, team facility rentals, classes, and nutrition and lifestyle consulting.


how it works:

  1. sign up for a free intro session

  2. purchase your membership

  3. meet with your coach to set goals

  4. get your programming prescription

  5. come to the gym for classes or open gym

  6. be strong and fast and happy

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About the coach

Lauren Hoffman is obsessed with human performance optimization through movement, nutrition, recovery, and sleep.  She has been involved in the CrossFit community since 2004, when she unknowingly stepped into a local group training class that would change the course of the rest of her life. She took her first Olympic lifting seminar in 2007, began coaching in 2008, obtained her USAW Sports Performance Coach Certification in 2009, and her CrossFit Level 1 in 2010. Lauren currently holds her Certified CrossFit Trainer Certification (CrossFit Level 3), and USAW Level 2 Certification. She is constantly engaged in continuing education and research around all topics strength, wellness, fitness, nutrition, biohacking, and functional performance.