Welcome to Terre Haute Intensity Resistance and Sports Training (THIRST).
We are a locally owned and operated fitness and performance facility located in Terre Haute, Indiana. We strive to provide world class coaching and fitness services to the greater Wabash Valley community, using scientific and practical applications to help people of all levels and desires to reach their fullest potential, whether that be on the field/court, or just in life.
THIRST was originally founded by Brandon and Adrian Smitley to help improve the health, fitness, and athletic performance of the greater Wabash Valley community. Together they have acquired scientific and practical knowledge in the fitness industry, and look to apply them to help the community.
The history of THIRST was a project started by Brandon in 2012 when he returned back to Terre Haute to work on his graduate coursework at Indiana State University. As a high level athlete and powerlifter all his life and growing up in the Terre Haute community, he realized the lack of a facility where athletes and community members could go to achieve their desired results. Slowly over the course of five years, Brandon built up a garage gym to facilitate his needs as a competitive powerlifter. Over that time, his garage gym grew in strength and numbers as people of the community slowly drifted towards his success in the fitness community, worldwide. Brandon later met his wife, Adrian, whom was also highly active in running and training. Together, they brought a unique combination of knowledge and experience to create what is now THIRST.
About Brandon Smitley
Co-owner Brandon Smitley is a world renowned strength coach and athlete for over a decade. He’s worked with athletes of all ages and levels in various facilities and weight rooms in the country. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Purdue University in Health and Fitness, and his Master’s degree from Indiana State University in Physical Education and Coaching. Brandon has been award Personal Trainer of the Year Awards from Purdue University and Indiana State University, and is a sponsored athlete with Elitefts and NutraBio.
As a competitive powerlifter, Brandon currently holds the all-time world record squat at 132 pounds, with a 567 pound squat. He also holds a 330 pound bench press, and 510 pound deadlift in that weight class, totaling 1377 pounds, ranking 4th all-time. He provides online coaching and programming around the world, and has personally worked with over 200 athletes in the US, UK, France, Italy, Mexico, Canada, and other countries. Brandon’s been published at Elitefts, Muscle and Performance, and Muscle and Fitness magazine.
He holds his Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), Level One Sports Performance (USAW), and Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) certifications.
About Adrian Smitley
Co-owner Adrian Smitley is an outgoing, eventful personal trainer and exercise instructor from Fairbanks, Indiana. Adrian has progressed quickly in the industry by working with large groups in the recreation facility at Indiana State University, personal training at the corporate/business level, and teaching yoga to a wide variety of clients. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Indiana State University in Exercise Science and has been awarded Group Exercise Instructor of the Year at Indiana State University. Adrian enjoys empowering women through strength training and helping show them how strength can improve their body composition and confidence. Adrian’s best competition lifts include a 209 pound squat, 137 pound bench press, and 270 pound deadlift. She is currently training for her first physique competition in late 2019/early 2020.
She holds her Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) and YogaFit certifications.
Denali is the infamous gym dog that brings joy and inspiration to all! Denali is a pure bred Bernese Mountain Dog that has a heart of gold, slightly shy, but incredibly friendly once he’s gotten to know you for an extended period of time. He enjoys his naps, chasing people that push the Prowler, and is never satisfied with your performance. Denali is easily the best thing everyone loves about training at THIRST.