What do you do when you're a welder, with a passion for fitness and no access to the gym? You build your own. That passion, and a long-standing fabrication background, helped design and build the first IFS at-home squat and bench rack. With nothing more than some scrap metal and an old stick welder out back. It wasn’t anything special appearance-wise, but it did the job!
Shortly after the first rack was built it became quite evident that there was a demand for high quality gym equipment here in Canada. That gave us the idea to use our skillsets and bring something to the table that other companies weren't doing here in Canada. Building it ourselves. We decided to take the path less traveled, we didn't go searching for a manufacturer over seas to just ship in containers full of equipment... we put on our work boots, came up with a plan at got to work. For the first few months it was slow, maybe 10 orders. Every piece of metal was cut with a hand grinder including the flat bar for the j-cups. We then formed them using a handmade jig that fit in our 30-ton pneumatic shop press. It was a long and labor-intensive process, but our founder, Garth, loved every second of it.
As Irwin Fitness started to grow and word traveling around, all we could think about was how can we continue to elevating our products to give them a more industrial feel. We want our products to standout, every detail matters. Our solution, subcontracting out our laser cutting needs. The greatly increased our production capacity and took our products to the next level. That's when our first employee was brought on. Andy is responsible for turning our pencil sketches and ideas into CAD files and 3D models for the laser machines. It didn't take long for us to outgrow our first at-home shop (less than 600sq/ft.), and within our first six months of operating we were able to rent out a small welding shop in town.
Fast forward a year later, we have three amazing new employees and have officially purchased our first 1600sq/ft. shop, in Carman, Manitoba, where it all started. Irwin Fitness is growing fast, we are proud to say that we are producing some of the most aesthetically pleasing, high end equipment here in Canada.
As in any small business, success is built upon relationships. Our mission is to provide quality fitness equipment backed with the promise of trust, knowledge and leading-edge design. IFS takes pride in the relationships we have with our customers and providing each one with an amazing buying experience. We continually strive to produce a broad selection of first-class training equipment to support our customers in reaching their goals.
IFS is gaining momentum at a notably fast pace. We promise to continue to work around the clock to develop new products, so that we can be an all-inclusive fitness provider.
"ABILITY is what you're capable of doing, MOTIVATION determines what you do, ATTITUDE determines how well you do it"
We owe a lot to our amazing customers. From the very start, we've been able to build long lasting relationships. Word of mouth is what we Irwin Fitness was built on, and we pride ourselves in providing a unique customer buying experience, with the best customer service in the industry. We promise to continue innovating and serving you with the best equipment you can find.