Former International and Collegiate Baseball Coach Hopes to Change Lives One Athlete at a Time
Texas native, Jeremy Browning, was a natural athlete growing up in Odessa, TX. He found a love for baseball, and even found himself playing at the college level with hopes of being drafted to the major leagues.
But Browning said he knows now that God’s plan was different than the one he had planned for himself.
The baseball player blew out his shoulder during his sophomore year in college, which ruined his chances of making it to the big leagues. But Browning didn’t give up on his dream of being a top athlete.
“I started taking summer strength and conditioning courses,” he said. “With this training and having worked with some of the best baseball coaches in the country, I was able to put together a good baseball resume.”
After graduation, Browning moved to Toronto and became a coach for the Ontario Blue Jays—an amateur baseball program. And while he was there, he used his skills as a strength training expert to help train Olympic athletes including figure skaters and hockey players.
His work with the Blue Jays led to a chance meeting with the recruiting coordinator for North Carolina State University.
“[The recruiter] really wanted me because I not only had the baseball background, but the strength and conditioning background as well,” he said.
From there he was to the University of Montevallo and turned the baseball team around, helping them reach the World Series.
It was here that he met two young students who were passionate about starting a strength and conditioning business that would help people transform not only their bodies, but their minds and spirits. They called their business Iron Tribe Fitness, and although Browning was intrigued by their idea, he continued to climb the ladder of success in the athletic world, even building his own baseball team called the Dallas Dragons.
It was after this experience that Browning decided to further his education by receiving an MBA in pharmaceutical sales.
“I did really well,” he said. “But I was working all of the time, eating terribly and living on everyone else’s schedule but my own. My own health took a dive, and I became the largest I’d ever been.”
Browning was miserable in his new body and felt like he was no longer living his best life. He was laid off from his job soon after and realized that his lack of a job gave him the opportunity to pursue something he believed in and get his health back on track.
The former baseball coach got in touch with some of his former players who had started Iron Tribe Fitness, and said he was interested in starting a franchise in his home state of Texas. With the help of a business partner, Browning was able to start the process of bringing the Alabama-based fitness company to the Houston area.
“Working in the medical field, I saw so many people who had no hope,” Browning said. “I saw that Iron Tribe was making an impact not only on a physical level, but on a mental and spiritual level as well. I wanted to have that kind of impact, too.”
Iron Tribe focuses on cardio, weight lifting, and body weight movement. But what really sets the strength training facility apart from other gyms is the highly-trained coaches, a community culture, and a class structure that facilitates a team mentality, Browning said.
Through his work in bringing this unique fitness experience to his home state, Browning has reaped the benefits of the Iron Tribe program.
“It’s been a blessing to me and my family,” he said. “I got my health back. I’m fitter and leaner than I was even in college. I took charge of my health again.”
Browning said Iron Tribe isn’t just an ordinary gym. It’s a strength training experience that is truly a family.
“We are a tribe of athletes with one common goal. That goal is to become the best, healthiest versions of ourselves,” he said. “It’s not about being the biggest or the strongest. The measure of our strength is how we pick up that last person and push them ahead.”
Not only does Browning’s new business help to support each athlete who comes to the Cinco Ranch location, but it also provides an environment where people feel free to live out their Christian faith.
“One of our core values is creating lasting relationships, which help us to be comfortable sharing our faith,” he said. “We want to know your ‘why,’ and why you’re committed to getting healthier.”
Browning said he can relate to those who have let the stresses and busyness of life get in the way of achieving a healthy lifestyle.
“I can show each athlete what [Iron Tribe] did for me personally,” he said. “And it’s an opportunity to share my testimony.”
The lifelong athlete hopes that all those who come to Iron Tribe will not only find a place where they can find a positive culture, but a place where they can find the motivation to lead healthier lives.
“I want to help change the world one person at a time,” Browning said.
The Cinco Ranch facility has already broken the record for fastest growth for the first month in only three full weeks of business.
“I fully believe this is God placing people in our lives who need real life change through proper nutrition, personalized group training and accountability,” Browning said.