MEET OUR MEMBERS

Joseph M. Roberts (Mikey), Member at American Iron Gym in Reno, NV

JOSEPH M. ROBERTS

(MIKEY)

Mikey is a long-time transplant from Syracuse, NY. He has been working out for 23 years–20 years at American Iron Gym. As an artist, he got started working out to better understand anatomy (much like Galileo). In addition Mikey competes in various events. He participated in the recent Strong Man event, co-sponsored by American Iron Gym: placing second overall in the Crucifix and the Truck Pull competitions. A regular competitor, he won third in this summer’s Northern Nevada Strongest Man
Competition. He also won the Strong Man Competition in 2014. Working out at least 4 days per week not only prepares Mikey for competitions, he finds American Iron Gym to be a welcoming membership, yet hardcore and inspiring. His favorite exercise is the overhead press. Mikey says “American Iron Gym is very much a family to me. I have grown up in this building. Often I find myself here chewing the fat with people long after I have finished. A friendly smile from a random member, words of encouragement from Bob and Tammy,
jokes, pranks, and sharing laughs with others makes this no other place I rather be”. For fun Mikey enjoys his artwork: painting and drawing, movies, and the Theater.

Ed Bonner, Member at American Iron Gym in Reno, NV

ED BONNER

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Lynn Loux was born in Burbank, California in 1945. Shortly afterwards her family moved to Bishop, California. Lynn loved growing up in the Sierras, and spent her happiest days playing outdoors. 

In 1947, before the vaccine was available, Lynn was diagnosed with polio, a virus that destroys the nerves in muscles, the spine, and lungs.

Initially, Lynn had to be in an iron lung to help her breathe, and had paralysis of all major muscle groups. Through constant therapy at the Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles, she was able to walk out of the hospital with braces, a determined three-year old glad to be going home. By age five she was walking unassisted, and had been fitted with a special shoe to correct the difference between her left and right legs.

After graduating from Bishop schools, Lynn went on living a full and happy life. She went to college, was married, and had two children. She is now the proud grandmother of six. Lynn recently retired from a job she loved, teaching the craft of poetry to kids in grades K-12, through an artist-in­ residence program, called California Poets in the Schools. In addition to teaching, she has given poetry seminars to teachers in all grade levels.

She is the author of the children’s book, THE DAY I COULD FLY, published in 2003, by North Word Press.

About seven years ago Lynn began having trouble walking, and found out that she had post-polio muscle atrophy syndrome. The nerves that contract muscle were once again beginning to fail, and she needed to use a cane. She decided to find a personal trainer to see if she could, if not get better, at least not get any worse. She found help with Esteban Cordova at American Iron Gym. “Esteban took me on as a project. My right leg and left arm were weak, but I was also just generally unfit.

Esteban didn’t allow me to think of myself as disabled, but made me focus on what Icould do.In time, and with his knowledge of athletic training, I acquired a strong muscular foundation for the first time in my life.”

American Iron Gym is Lynn’s second home, and she gives huge thanks to Esteban, Bob and Tammy, her gym buddy, Cathy, and all of her gym family for their invaluable support through her many years of training.

Marvin Lethlean, Member at American Iron Gym in Reno, NV

MARVIN LETHLEAN

Marv was born on August 20, 1920 on the family farm in Oregon. At six years old the family moved to Camas, WA. near Vancouver, WA and Portland, OR. He was active in sports, lettering in football and track. 

A few months after WWII started he enlisted in the Air Force entering active duty on October 3, 1943. Three years later Sargent Lethlean was discharged. When the Korean War started his reserved was called up for active duty until 1953.

In 1958 he and a partner opened a small custom order furniture store. We started in Reno’s second new shopping center, Town & Country, at the comer of Kietkze and Vassar. In 1968 with a new partner they expanded their business by purchasing % of a block with several houses and a 3700 sq ft old school building, which was moved to the other property. Twenty two years later, 1990, they sold their commercial properties and retired.

Now retired Marv has more time for his favorite sport, fly fishing. He says that he can still cast a good fly and tie a good fly. At 85 he decided to learn computers and took classes at TMCC. Now at 94 Marv is the oldest member at AIG. “I like American Iron Gym because of the staff and the management. They are excellent in their knowledge and helpful in use of the equipment.” Marv has been coming to the Gym for about three years; working out to maintain good health for someone his age.

Sara Daly, Member at American Iron Gym in Reno, NV

SARA DALY

Our featured member is Sara Daly. Sara is a true Sparks native, she is a graduate of Sparks High and UNR with a a degree in Speech Pathology. Three years ago, her father, Skip, began encouraging her to come to the Gym. More encouragement came from her brother, Brian, who was already a member. Although it started with some difficulties, Sara’s persistence of showing up 4 times a week to train with Bob has paid off. Since she has started with us she has lost over 100lbs! We are happy Sara has stuck with it as her big smile radiates warmth and friendliness throughout the gym each morning and is constantly encouraging others to stay consistent with their fitness journey.

Lynn Loux, Member at American Iron Gym in Reno, NV

LYNN LOUX

Lynn Loux was born in Burbank, California in 1945. Shortly afterwards her family moved to Bishop, California. Lynn loved growing up in the Sierras, and spent her happiest days playing outdoors. 

In 1947, before the vaccine was available, Lynn was diagnosed with polio, a virus that destroys the nerves in muscles, the spine, and lungs.

Initially, Lynn had to be in an iron lung to help her breathe, and had paralysis of all major muscle groups. Through constant therapy at the Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles, she was able to walk out of the hospital with braces, a determined three-year old glad to be going home. By age five she was walking unassisted, and had been fitted with a special shoe to correct the difference between her left and right legs.

After graduating from Bishop schools, Lynn went on living a full and happy life. She went to college, was married, and had two children. She is now the proud grandmother of six. Lynn recently retired from a job she loved, teaching the craft of poetry to kids in grades K-12, through an artist-in­ residence program, called California Poets in the Schools. In addition to teaching, she has given poetry seminars to teachers in all grade levels.

She is the author of the children’s book, THE DAY I COULD FLY, published in 2003, by North Word Press.

About seven years ago Lynn began having trouble walking, and found out that she had post-polio muscle atrophy syndrome. The nerves that contract muscle were once again beginning to fail, and she needed to use a cane. She decided to find a personal trainer to see if she could, if not get better, at least not get any worse. She found help with Esteban Cordova at American Iron Gym. “Esteban took me on as a project. My right leg and left arm were weak, but I was also just generally unfit.

Esteban didn’t allow me to think of myself as disabled, but made me focus on what Icould do.In time, and with his knowledge of athletic training, I acquired a strong muscular foundation for the first time in my life.”

American Iron Gym is Lynn’s second home, and she gives huge thanks to Esteban, Bob and Tammy, her gym buddy, Cathy, and all of her gym family for their invaluable support through her many years of training.

FEATURED MEMBER

Kim Zylstra, Featured Member at American Iron Gym in Reno, NV

KIM ZYLSTRA

I am a native Nevada, and the mother to an incredible son Jacob who challenges me every day to be my best. He is responsible for introducing me to American Iron and the sport of Powerlifting. He said, “Mom you will love American Iron”, he couldn’t have been more right. Since my first day in the gym it’s been like a home and everyone a family. It’s been incredible being able to be a sponge and soak up all the immense knowledge that Bob & Tammy along with the rest of the American Iron Family. 

I have always been a competitive person. Before coming to American Iron I competed in a variety of different fields. From general athletic fundraisers, 1/2 marathons, all the way to competing in NPC figure and physique contests. However recently I’ve found my passion to lay with Powerlifting. It all started with Bob cajoling me into a small Push/Pull contest and has grown immensely from there. Since then I’ve gone on to win several meets, along with setting state records in the bench and deadlift.
Some people dread the gym, but it’s what I love. The challenge, the commitment, the process, and the transformation. It’s as much a part of my day as my morning cup of coffee. Outside of the gym, I love hiking, volunteering for various thing, and the Fall. (BRING ON Pumpkin everything!!) I have a passion for life, Christ and lifting heavy weight. Never give up on your dreams, face your fears, and master yourself.