Turned Pro: 02/09
Are you not sure where to start in your fitness journey?
Too overwhelmed by the amount of information on the web?
Have no fear!
The Training Tank is here! We are a dynamic duo with a mission to promote health, fitness, and bodybuilding within our community. In our own fitness journey, we have come across countless exercise regimens, more supplements than there is sand on a beach, and faced many obstacles both during and off competition season. We noticed that within our community, competitors, frequent and infrequent gym goers, all had moments of uncertainty in moving forward with their respective fitness goals.
Given today’s technology, it is very easy for us to get lost in our phones, get distracted by T.V. shows, be overwhelmed with information online, or worse yet, compare ourselves to others. Our goal as The Training Tank is create events to bring people from the local community together to not only learn about the importance of nutrition, training, sleep, supplements, etc., but to also take away some practicable habits that can help with everyday life. In addition, we will provide a strong network of credible sources to go to for guidance in your fitness endeavors. After our community event, You WILL leave more confident, you WILL leave motivated, and you WILL succeed in your goals!
To have created an unbreakable community in the health and fitness industry centered around integrity, personal growth, learning, and giving back to others.
My name is Daniel Merly, AKA Mr. Stealyoweights! Fitness and exercising is my true passion. I first picked up a weight when I was a freshman in high school. That first day took me on a journey that has spanned over 12 years. During those 12 years, I have competed in four bodybuilding competitions. This past November, I took first place in the lightweight open bodybuilding class! My message to all of you is to never stop believing in yourself and remember that YOU have the power to change yourselves. I competed in three bodybuilding shows before I finally finished first. Just when I wanted to give up, I dug deep and decided to give bodybuilding, fitness, and exercising my all.
When I wanted to give up, I decided to invest my time and effort into perfecting my form and my overall knowledge of the sport. I understand that there is a lot of information on health and fitness. I know there are also myths and fads that go along with the topic, too. My overall goal is to guide each and everyone of you, to the best and most up to date information on not only the sport I love, but fitness in general. I know that my business partner and great friend, Ron, has the same goal. I believe that everyone is capable of growth, bettering themselves, and having a positive impact within their own community! Aside from my passion for health and fitness, I also work as a full-time civil engineer.
My name is Ron Grzechowiak and I have resided in South Jersey all my life. I carry the nickname of “Grez” (the “Z” and the “E” flipped in the last name) due to my passion for baseball growing up (Carl Yastrzemski from the Boston Red Sox was nicknamed “Yaz”). On my 15th birthday, I received the gift of a 100-pound weight set from my Godparents…I never looked back.
At the age of 17, I was inspired to get serious about weight training. Being that I got started in the 80’s and 90’s, there were many good old-fashioned hard-core gyms in the area to take advantage of. I have not stopped since then.
33 years later, I decided to finally step on stage at the age of 50 because it was “on my bucket list”. I competed in three different classes, with one being the “Masters 40 and Older” and humbly took a first-place medal home with me. What was more of the “win” for me was the incredible overall experience I enjoyed. I learned a LOT about my body, it’s limits, what I can and can’t do and much more. Just as important was learning about the incredible comradery surrounding the competition scene. This alone was so inspiring, watching those that are going to share the same stage push each other to the limits. What was just “something on the bucket list” has now become a passion.
Still today, you can find me at a gym with the good old fashioned “old school crop top” enjoying every second that I’m in there. As people have their “person”, I have also my “place”! One of my life-long goals? To be in the gym on my 100th birthday pumping iron… God willing!! I can say with confidence that the bodybuilding lifestyle has been a huge part of making my life not only complete, but also healthy!
I work as a full-time emergency manager and run a successful business (other than The Training Tank) for the past 19 years. My philosophy in life is that everyone has something different to bring to the table… whether it be a resource, a talent, or knowledge… and when we maximize each other’s potential, the sky is the limit!
Ron and his training partner, Bob Irwin