Mike Barwis founded Barwis Methods Training Center in April 2011 in a small industrial complex outside of Detroit, with an equally small ribbon-cutting ceremony, attended by his wife, his three kids, and his partner, Dan Mozes. As Dan says, "Right before we started the gym, I was unemployed - that's even why I started my beard, as kind of an 'unemployment beard.' So as soon as that gym started up, it was my life." They threw down some turf, added some top-notch equipment and a ton of hard work and before they knew it, small started getting much, much bigger.
In just three years, Barwis has already expanded the facility three times, and he's opened two other branches in Michigan, training dozens of professional and collegiate athletes - not to mention average joes and clients trying to recover from disabilities. But the flagship location outside Detroit will always be the first in their hearts. Technically the place is a business, but really it's a home, with photos and newspaper clippings from family and friends everywhere. Not to mention a wall of fame covered in jerseys and signatures from all the pros who've trained there, from the Lions' Ndamukong Suh to the Seahawks' Richard Sherman. "It might not look like much," Barwis says, "but to me it's a little slice of heaven."
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