If you are looking for a great gym I highly recommend. They not only made sure Brenden was lifting the right way but they made it fun and personal for him. Brenden grew as a person and with his confidence tremendously. The two owners Brandon and Adrian Smitley are awesome! They are both so inspiring as they are going through a battle right now and I’ve never seen them without a smile on their face and excited to see each and every member. I only hope that I can realize how to live my life as happy and joyful as these two are no matter the circumstances in life. Brenden also wanted to make sure I mentioned Andrew their intern who enjoyed picking on! We will definitely be going back and keeping in contact with this awesome gym!

Jared GoinsSports Performance Parent
Travel Basketball

Kaya has gained so much strength and confidence…Best decision and investment we have made for her.

Darrnel TannerSports Performance Parent
High School Cross Country/Track & Field

Adrian is always attentive to her client needs, taking great care to ensure an injury free experience. She will adapt your workout according to what you want to accomplish while at the same time pushing you to gain more strength and mobility. She also has a super fun personality! I highly recommend Adrian for you strength and training needs!

Becky SmithPersonal Training Client

I have known Brandon for many years.

Over those years I have watched Brandon grow from an extremely dedicated student and athlete, one with a drive to be their best; to a coach who displays the same discipline and drive for excellence.

Brandon applies his skills and experience as an athlete to his business, and consistently delivers the highest quality product to his clients.

He also consistently applies his work ethic as a student to his clients, and business, always learning.

Availing yourself of his services will be a decision that you look back on many years later as the right decision.

If you are in need of an outstanding coach, Brandon has my highest recommendation.

C.J. Murphy, MFS, C-ISSNOwner, Total Performance Sports

Brandon is one of the best young coaches in the country. He has taken his experience as one of the best powerlifters in the world, and applied that dedication to helping others.

Wil Fleming, CSCS YFS USAWOwner, 1Kilo

I absolutely love training at THIRST. I Would highly recommend joining the family if you are looking to train somewhere that has great people who will support you, an amazing atmosphere, and also has educated personal trainers.

Lyndsey MulveyWomen's Basketball Player
Lincoln Trail Community College

This is by far the best gym in Terre Haute, hands down. If you’re looking to get better then you should be in here. The owners are friendly and knowledgeable in all areas of fitness. They offer group conditioning classes, olympic lifting platforms, powerlifting equipment, specialty bars, and sports performance training for ALL ages! Best of all they are both qualified coaches and trainers, AND they will actually work with you individually to help you reach your goals! If you or anyone you know is looking to get better go check this place out!

Jon NeelCompetitive Powerlifter

I have trained at many gyms in the past and this one is by far the most superior. The friendly atmosphere is unmatched by any training facility I have ever visited. Brandon and Adrian accommodate gym goers at every fitness level, from hard working individuals looking to improve their health to serious competitive athletes. The equipment is top notch with an abundance of specialty bars and equipment. If you are serious about changing or life or taking your training to the next level I challenge you to visit Terre Haute’s best gym THIRST. #DontMiss

Don HumphriesCompetitive Powerlifter

Brandon is a thoughtful and dedicated online coach. I came to Brandon after having undergone cervical spinal fusion surgery. After powerlifting and training hard for years, my surgeon told me I was not allowed to lift more than 100 lbs (including the bar) and I could not lift overhead. I didn’t know how I would continue to train until the restriction was removed. This was no problem for Brandon. He came up with a fantastic program for me that kept me in the gym, kept me training, and kept me fit. As I healed-up and the weight restrictions came off, Brandon helped me build back up, and I am able to deadlift over 400 pounds again and am squatting more than I ever have.

Better still, I feel stronger and less beat-up from training than I used to before I started using Brandon’s programs. With Brandon’s help, I am now training for my first powerlifting meet and am looking forward to new PRs.

Alan Melamud

I first met Brandon in the winter of 2013, around the time Purdue Barbell started and at the very beginning of my competitive powerlifting experience. The FIRST DAY I ever met him, he cleared up all my most glaring squat-problems and deadlifted 500 lbs in a regular workout in a commercial gym with a horrible bar. Ever since then, things have only been MORE impressive. Having experienced Brandon’s personalized programming myself, I can say, without a doubt, that he can and will take you to the next level. Even further, as the Founder and President of Purdue Barbell, I can say I’ve seen him work with many more than myself. He brings together a personable character and a knowledgeable expertise.

All of his programming and coaching is rooted in science, but, more importantly, has been tested in the trenches by himself and at least several of his clients. I look forward to continuing my relationship with Brandon, both as an athlete myself, but also as the leader of Purdue Barbell.

Michael TannerFounder and President
Purdue Barbell