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Using the best equipment
And smartest programming around.
The Foundation //
A Full Fitness Approach
“Welcome to The Foundation! It is our deepest desire that you would step through our doors and leave forever changed. We’ve worked hard to build a community of people who encourage and inspire one another on their fitness journeys. We hope to join you on yours!”
Brandon Bartz & Josiah Lorentzen
Founders, Owners, and Coaches of The Foundation
Here at The Foundation, we offer fitness programs to suit an assortment of different needs. To begin, you’ll be thoughtfully matched up with one of our highly effective and experienced coaches. This partnership will allow you to set and meet personal goals whether those goals include weight-loss, marathon training, an upcoming Olympic Weightlifting Meet, a trip to the Games, or just simply working out in a fun atmosphere and meeting new people. Overall, we will help you achieve General Physical Preparedness (GPP). GPP means that if you’re asked to run a mile, or if you’re asked to squat heavy, that you’ll be able to do both and do them both well compared with athletes who might only specialize in one area of fitness. This methodology is extraordinarily effective at getting our clients in the best physical shape of their lives.
When you visit one of our facilities, you’ll see GPP in action as we program a variety of specific strength training and combine it with intense interval training. Our group fitness classes are designed for athletes with varying degrees of experience, so whether the last time you’ve worked out was in a high school Physical Education class or you ran a 10K last week, we will help you succeed in meeting your goals.
In addition to our group fitness classes, we also provide a wide assortment of other classes such as Strength Lab, Endurance Tribe, Boxing Club, Longevity, Yoga, Teens, Personal Training, and more. At The Foundation, we are continually expanding our programs and improving who we are and what we do as a way to guarantee that our clients are achieving their desired outcomes.
Found at 5335 Carey Avenue is almost 11,000 square feet. Walk into our office and you’ll find a variety of supplements lining our shelves along with recovery drinks and protein bars. You’ll find a variety of The Foundation apparel as we are blessed to have our own print shop located in the back of our facility. All of our supplements and apparel are available for purchase and can be paid for with cash, check, or charged to our client’s individual account. This facility boasts of 3 full bathrooms complete with showers and 1 half bath as well, located near our office. We provide ample space for clients to store their personal belongings and a place to rest after that tough WoD. We offer filtered water in our main gym area and a hand-washing station as well. Childcare is provided Monday through Friday during our 9am group fitness class. Our childcare area is located upstairs in this facility and is free for all members.
Our coaches at The Foundation all hold Level 1 Certifications and CPR Certifications at the minimum. In addition, we have coaches who are certified in Olympic lifting, Mobility, Brand X Kids and Teens, and much more. We are happy to boast about the diversity of our staff and all of their unique specializations. All coaches are required to participate in a rigorous training program before becoming a coach at The Foundation. Before coaches are hired, individuals shadow a head coach and learn the trade. During this time, our shadow coaches will observe entire group fitness classes including warm-ups, strength training, and WoD coaching, taking over certain elements one at a time until they are ready to coach one entire class. Then they practice coaching an entire class while being mentored by a head coach. Finally, they take over a few classes and are monitored closely. We pride ourselves in hiring the best of the best in our community. Our coaches attend staff meetings and training regularly and behind the scenes, coaches share tips, tricks, and collaborate on fun and effective warm-ups to keep things interesting for our clients.
A repeated theme that you’ll continue to read about throughout this website will be the importance of community. The Foundation offers a variety of different events to get involved with. We host three competitions a year starting with the all-girl team Heartbreaker’s Competition in February, followed by our coed team competitions, Urban Street Games held downtown Rock Island in June and Christmas Classic held at PepsiCo Center in Rock Island in December. Many of our clients choose to compete in these competitions and those who don’t, usually choose to volunteer in some way. These events are an integral part of our community. Relationships are built both inside and outside of the gym.
In addition to our competitions, we offer Look Better Naked challenges (our last one being Summer Shredz), which generally consist of a 6-8 week nutrition/fitness challenge. We offer nutrition classes, a nutrition coach, a way to track food, weight/body fat analysis using our InBody Composition Analyzer, and an awesome party to celebrate our winners at the end of the challenge. These challenges are a great jump-start to changing the way our clients think about healthy eating and result in a change in overall body composition.
If clients are interested, they can join our Meal-Prep Group. Once a month we meet as members from The Foundation in Bettendorf at the Bettendorf Hy-Vee for a night of Meal-Prep. Members of this group take turns picking out tasty main dish courses and coordinate our ingredients with the staff at Hy-Vee. Then, one night for about two hours, members of the group divide and conquer and put together these Paleo-friendly meals. Participating in this group can really benefit our newer clients who are just learning about healthy eating habits because they’re learning how to prepare meals and end up having their freezer stocked with healthy options for those nights when life gets busy.
Once a year, The Foundation owners, coaches, staff, and members will get dolled up for an annual party away from the gym. We’ve donned masks at masquerade balls and dressed in all black and white, but no matter what the theme, we make it a point to get out of the gym and into non-gym clothes and mix and mingle.
OUR MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
DO I NEED EXPERIENCE OR SOME MINIMUM LEVEL OF FITNESS?
No! Just contact us to get started for free. Our workouts and exercises scale to any level – from broomsticks to barbells, we’ll tailor the workout to your ability!
DO I NEED TO BE IN SHAPE BEFORE I SHOW UP?
Absolutely not! We have students who are in the 99th percentile of fitness and those in the 5th percentile of fitness. You are pushed and encouraged based on your current level of fitness. All we want is for you to give your best effort during each workout.
WHAT TYPE OF EXERCISES DO YOU DO?
The clean and jerk, snatch, squat, deadlift, push-press, bench-press, as well as bodyweight movements such as push-ups, sit-ups, squats, and pull-ups. We also have our very own Woodway Treadmills, State of the Art Rowing machines, and Ski Ergs to keep the workouts scalable, challenging, and varied.
WHO ARE THE CLASS INSTRUCTORS?
The Foundation class instructors are highly experienced coaches and personal trainers who are passionate about health and people. They are here to help you on your journey to greater health and fitness.
WHAT IS THE GROUP CLASS SCHEDULE?
You can view the most up to date class schedule for our Davenport/Bettendorf gym location here.
WHAT OTHER PROGRAMS DO YOU OFFER?
Outside of our primary, group, CrossFit-style classes we offer personal training sessions, strength training & athletic conditioning through Strength Lab, endurance training & a runners club through Endurance Tribe, Senior fitness classes through our Longevity program, a Teen gym classes for Foundation Teens, and kid fitness classes for Foundation Kids.
DO YOU HAVE CHILDCARE AVAILABLE?
Yes. We have currently childcare available for a select number of our group classes throughout the week.
ARE THERE SHOWERS AVAILABLE?
Yes, we do have multiple showers available for client use.
CAN I COME IN AND WORKOUT ON MY OWN?
No. All of our programs require a coach whether it be for a group class or a personal training session.
I’M FROM OUT OF TOWN, CAN I DROP IN?
Absolutely. We require that you have been Crossfitting for at least 3 months before attending our classes. Our drop-in fee is $25 for day 1 and $5 for every additional day after that. Please email us at [email protected] prior to coming in.
IS IT WORTH IT?
We definitely would say it is worth it, but we are a little biased. The only person who can truly tell you if it is worth it is you. The only way you can objectively know is to show up and participate in a workout.
WHAT TYPE OF RESULTS CAN I EXPECT?
Although you will probably start feeling better and stronger immediately, new students can expect about a 15-20% improvement in strength and endurance following the first fifteen sessions. In addition, our findings show that flexibility, agility and body composition are improved. Subjective things like increased mental toughness, energy levels, improved sleep
WHAT IF I DON’T HAVE TIME FOR THIS?
It is a common sentiment to feel that, due to the obligations of career and family, you don’t have the time to become as fit as you might like. Here’s the good news: world class, age-group appropriate strength
DIDN'T GET YOUR QUESTION ANSWERED?
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Interested in learning more about The Foundation? Want to meet our coaches?
We're positive that you'll love being at The Foundation. We're so sure that we'll let you try us for free.
No catch. No gimmicks. We just want you to be as sure about us as we are about you.
TRY THE FOUNDATION FOR FREE!
Interested in learning more about us?
We're positive that you'll love being here!
We're so sure that we'll let you try us for free.
No catch. No gimmicks.