OUTWOD is the largest international initiative for bringing together LGBT+ athletes and their allies to raise funds for local charitable organizations and sweat together in a safe, inclusive group fitness environment.

As a fully inclusive facility, we are so proud to have partnered with The Out Foundation and hosted our first annual OUTWOD event August 11, 2018.  What made it more special for The Barbell Academy's owner Mike and his husband Rob as that was also their 1 year anniversary.  They had gotten hitched at the gym with many of their gym peeps, friends and family the previous year! So much PRIDE, glitter and sweat!

PUPPY YOGA is an ongoing collaborative event by The Barbell Academy, Namaste North, lululemon Barrie and Saje Wellness Barrie. Hosted here at the gym, the 100% of the funds from Puppy Yoga goes to Finding Them Homes. Their mission is to help communities along Ontario’s James Bay coast and other remote locations reduce the dog over-population by adopting dogs out to their forever homes, running spay/neuter clinics in the communities, and providing donated dog food and supplies. With hosting two PUPPY YOGA sessions back to back on Sunday November 18, 2018, $1620 was raised as well as a large pile of donated items. Stay tuned for further PUPPY YOGA sessions being hosted at The Barbell Academy 3-4 times a year!

Check out pics of the event below!