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Meet Jeff Butterworth of Rx Strength Training in Somerville

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jeff Butterworth.

Jeff, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
When I graduated from Boston College, I’d developed a number of unhealthy habits, and it was a bit more than evident. After working in Boston for a few years following, a sedentary lifestyle had cemented my poor physical condition.

Unsure about what I wanted to do with my professional future, I started working for a local gym in membership sales, and eventually fell in with their running club to drop a few pounds and at least feel the part of daily gym-goer.

Several years and four marathons later, I’d finally dropped the extra weight, and had discovered a wider world of fitness and training, soon becoming a personal trainer, and later taking on the position of Fitness Director.

I love the field of fitness, as we are so open source that, if you’re willing to keep reading, there’s no reason to ever stop learning. Wanting to make more of an impact in my clients’ lives and with a desire to create something of my own, I soon made the decision that my time at gym was up, and I struck out on my own to open Rx Strength Training in 2011.

It has been a little over six years, and we now train a diverse group of clientele in a number of strength sport disciplines. I want to be sure that we give everyone who walks in the door a taste of every strength sport style, so that they can determine what will motivate them most, and drive toward ever-expanding goals with a sense of purpose, and having fun at the same time. Regardless of the direction our clients take, the idea behind all of our classes, from Olympic Weightlifting to Kettlebell Sport to Strongman remains the same – Eat Right and Do Work.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Starting a new business is never easy, and living lean is something one comes to expect. I started with a small group of clients, sometimes teaching only two people (if I was lucky) at 6:00am. We’ve been very fortunate to have some great athletes here, and word traveled fast enough to develop a great community within a year. We wouldn’t be where we are without the support of our clients!

Even with early success, expansion can mean taking chances financially – after our expenses more than doubled with a space expansion, Rx Strength Training again had to exist somewhat simply, but even if the money coming in only supports our overhead, we’re still able to do what we love, and coach some of the greatest people I know every day.

Please tell us about Rx Strength Training.
The facility at Rx Strength Training looks a little like a CrossFit gym, but we’re different from every format out there in the fitness industry.

We offer classes like other gyms, but we program for several different strength sport disciplines, so that our clients always have something new to try, and athletic passions to discover.

We also keep daily open gym hours, so that clients can work on technique outside of class, or simply try out exercises and training styles that we may not cover. It helps that we have just about every gym toy you can imagine, as well!

Most importantly, I am very proud of our community. Even with a wide range of cultural and professional backgrounds, Rx Strength Training feels like a family, and every member has had a chance to be a mentor to new folks just starting. I really believe that the supportive atmosphere here is the real reason that our clients are so successful, and you’re guaranteed to see more than a few friendly faces every time you come in, from regular classes to holiday parties!

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
I grew up in southern Maine, just outside of Portland, and I’ve always loved the outdoors. It may not be a typical Maine wilderness memory, but the sprawling green of the town in which I grew up, and the smell of the ocean air of Casco Bay will always be my among my fondest recollections. The sense of openness and freedom of a bright spring and summer after a cold winter just can’t be beat.


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