​​​​​​Welcome To the music city's most visited POWERLIFTING gym AND PR VENUE BY LIFTERS AROUND THE USA!!! 


poe's gym is not just for powerlifters.


WE WELCOME ALL TYPES OF RESISTANCE TRAINING SUCH AS WEIGHTLIFTING, GENERAL FITNESS, OLYMPIC LIFTING, DUMBBELL, CIRCUIT TRAINING, bodybuilding AND KETTLEBELL TRAINING


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We have had people visit poe's gym who represent 50 states and a handful of other countries. We hope to show them another great side of the music city.​ We are a destination gym for many lifters to come set records in the bench, the squat, and the deadlift.


WE HAVE 2,300 SQAURE FEET OF INSIDE WORK SPACE inside a real warehouse (not a facility built to look like a warehouse) AND A LARGE PATIO FOR OUTDOOR LIFTING. We have 30,000 pounds alone of 45 pound plates. We have DEADLIFT platforms, OLYMPIC LIFTING PLATFORMS, squat racks, bench presses, one log, squat stands, dumbbells starting at 2lbs and going to 200lbs. We have bench bars, squat bars, deadlift bars, bent bars, etc.. We have chalk and lots of loud music. Yes, we have bumper plates for weightlifting and olympic lifting.


We have no ac and limited heat in the winter on the main floor. The main office has ac and heat.


POE'S GYM IS OWNED BY MATT POE. MATT IS GOING ON HIS 21ST YEAR AS ONE OF THE NATION'S TOP SPORTS PERFORMANCE AND REHABILITATION SPECIALIST.  His primary SPECIALTY CONTINUES TO BE POWER AND SPEeD DEVELOPMENT FOR ATHLETES OF ALL SPORTS. his latest poe's gym member, wesley johnson, just became the starting center for the new york jets. Jason witten, chris sanders, derek mason, and many more have been under coach poe's speed program over the last 21 years.

HE IS KNOWN FOR HIS OVERHEAD PRESSING ABILITIES USING THE PUSHPRESS TECHNIQUE and notably his talent to press odd objects such as snakes, motorcycles, and enormous barrels.  





















​​​Matt's best professional competition finishes were  3rd in the 2006 texas strongest man competition winning the pushpress event by 40 pounds over his closest competitor and 4th in the 2005 Atlantis strongest man in america contest with his training partner and long time friend, josh bryant finishing 1st.  


This competition brought matt's overhead talents to the big stage. Ed coan, considered the best powerlifter ever was quoted saying at this event as a judge that, "Matt poe Pushpresses lke most men benchpress". Bill Kazmaier later called Matt the "pushpress king". MATT'S BEST POWERLIFTS ARE 535 LBS BENCHPRESS, 725LBS SQUAT, AND 700LBS DEADLIFT. HIS MAXIMUM PUSHPRESS WAS 425LBS.


in 2011, after a debilitating back injury in 2009, Matt Poe returned to set two records as a demonstrator at the arnold classic in columbus, ohio pushpressing 325 pound barrels for 11 reps the first day and 12 reps the second day.


MATT STILL EXECUTES OVERHEAD DEMONSTRATIONS FOR EDUCATION AND CHARITY EVENTS ACROSS THE USA.


HE IS THE REIGNING "GIANT DUMBBELL CHAMPION" AT THE STRONGEST MAN IN TENNESSEE CONTEST.


















HE HAS ALSO HAD A PARALLEL CAREER IN HEALTHCARE founding tracktion healthcare and technology SPECIALIZING IN BUILDING REHABILITATION SERVICE LINES AS WELL AS WELLNESS AND DISEASE MANAGEMENT PROGRAMS FOR HOSPITALS AND PRIVATE HEALTHCARE COMPANIES. HE HAS BEEN WORKING WITH SPECIAL FORCES AND SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND PERSONNEL FOR OVER 17 YEARS.  his speciality is movement development and cold water survival.


Matt Holds a masters degree in science AND HEALTHCARE PROMOTION and 9 other professional licenses and certifications.


He created and sold the lifestrength cancer rehabilitation and lymphedema care program for cancer patients which integrated billable therapeutic exercise and survivorship protocols and programs for physical therapists and doctors to use with patients. eplus cancer care was his partner.


He created and sold the point protocol program for patients and athletes which helped with accelerated physical therapy and post physical therapy. through web based technology.  saint thomas health services and Baptist sports medicine was his partner.


He created and sold orthoceuticals and the PSP web portal which was a line off supplements designed for orthopaedists to prescribe to their patients for bone hardening, joint integrity, and sports performance development. he partnered with orthopaedists around the usa and locally dr.damon petty. smoothie king was his national distributor.


He created and sold the tracktion technology wellness and disease management program for Employees around the usa used this program.


He is a former tennessee vol undr johnny majors and phillip fulmer.


"if i saw rocky walking into poe's gym, I would not be surprised", bryan kimbro, former vol great and member.


​POE'S GYM IS KNOWN AS A THROWBACK GYM RESEMBLING SETTINGS AS IN THE ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER MOVIE "PUMPING IRON", SYLVESTER STALLONE'S MOVIE "ROCKY", AND ANY MOVIE THAT HAS A JAILHOUSE WEIGHTROOM in "the yard".


WE HAVE BEEEN FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO HAVE BEEN THE CHOSEN SETTING FOR REALITY SHOW SCENES, DOCUMENTARIES, AND SHORT FILM CLIPS  IN NEED OF OUR CERTAIN LOOK. WE ARE HONORED TO HAVE BUILT A RELATIONSHIP WITH FILM AND ENTERTAINMENT GIANT WARNER BROTHERS.


FOR THE LAST FEW YEARS, WARNER BROTHERS HAS USED POE'S GYM TO SHOOT SCENES FOR THEIR SWEDISH REALITY SHOW, JILL'S VERANDA FEATURING SINGER JERRY WILLIAMS AND PERFORMER  Maxida Märak.


"poe's gym offers a setting that could never be duplicated", says the warner brothers crew.


click here for the warner brothers production at poe's gym of "jill's veranda"


​"Our members make our gym", matt poe


our gym is made up of a very diverse group of individuals such as doctors, lawyers, special forces and special operation command personnel, welders, pro athletes, WOUNDED WARRIORS, technological professionals, entrepreneurs, women, children, and a hand full of older adults with our oldest member being 65 years of age and holding the state deadlift record for his division.


the interesting and most encouraging part of this group of members is that they all work together and have a good time at our gym.



A HIGH % OF OUR MEMBERS ARE BEGINNERS


ALTHOUGH WE HAVE COMPETITIVE LIFTERS AND A GOOD NUMBER OF WINNERS, A HIGH PERCENTAGE OF OUR MEMBERS OUR BEGINNERS.


​WE ARE PROUD TO BE THE CHOICE OF NOT ONLY NOVICE TO ADVANCED POWERLIFTERS, BUT ALSO, WE ARE PROUD THAT A LARGE POPULATION OF OUR MEMBERS SEEK POE'S GYM TO LEARN HOW TO ENTER A FITNESS PROGRAM SAFELY AND EFFECTIVELY BY ONE OF OUR COACHES. 


YOU WILL SEE PEOPLE EXECUTING ALL 5 TYPES OF RESISTANCE TRAINING INCLUDING STRENGTH, TRADITIONAL POWER, REPEATED POWER, HYPERTROPHY, AND MUSCULAR ENDURANCE TRAINING AS WELL AS MANY FORMS OF ANAEROBIC AND AEROBIC FORMS OF EXERCISE.


CLICK HERE TO LEARN ABOUT THE "5" TYPES OF RESISTANCE TRAINING YOU WILL SEE AT POE'S GYM



our one and only goal


we feel that our one and only goal at poe's gym and  the most important aspect of changing a person's life is  to make a connection with them , and, then, to instill confidence in that person through expertise and experience. 


As a result, trust is formed and exists as the strongest and the most necessary bond between the person and the coach.



poe's gym is a great place for females


as our gym reaches its 3 year anniversary, we have made a concentrated effort to make poe's gym a place that women may come learn and feel safe about defining their personal meaning of fitness though powerlifting, bodybuilding, weightlifitng, general fitness, and sport enthusiast activities.


please know that our intention is to offer a courteous and respectful atmosphere for all levels of training.


click here to view our offer to all women interested in joining poe's gym



the rules/CULTURE at poe's gym


the rules at poe's gym have been the subject of much laughter and a few articles in magazines and online video interviews.


our rules are made to be funny and very pasive aggressive in nature with good intentions!


so, if you get irritated, offended, or just don't get it, then you are a crybaby and a high squatter anyways and poe's gym is not the place for you. however, we would be glad to help you become a better squatter!


on a serious side, in short, and with a smile on our face, our rules are basically saying clean up after yourself, protect our dumbbells, protect our floors, and don't be disrespectful to women, children, or the owner and enjoy the fruits of metallica and the 80's music when the owner has the radio.


​HELP SOMEONE WHO IS IN NEED!


click here to view our rules


click here to watch video interview by "evolve my life's" eric eisenberg about poe's gym's rules AND CULTURE



onsite and remote exercise and integrated

healthcare and medical services


we have many coaches AND PRACTITIONERS who cover many different areas of health, wellness, disease management, and sports performance development. 


matt poe has brought together 21 years of healthcare experience and exercise resources to offer to our members and the general public.


We have the ability in some cases to offer these services and get reimbursed by insurance companies. So, ask us!


CLICK HERE FOR LIST OF SERVICES




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