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Meet Ian Cavender of The Rack in Tempe

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ian Cavender.

Ian, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Over summer 2017, my best friend Christian Mouer and I were getting ready for the gym and talking about life goals. He at the time was trying to become an LAPD officer and I was at an in between fase trying to figure out what I want to do with my life. Christian and I worked out almost everyday together. We know each other since high school and have been lifting weights since then. So, we got onto the topic about of long term goals and one of mine was to own a gym. At this time, I have only two barbells, a squat rack, two benches, and a bunch of weights in my back yard. We worked out back there at least three times a week and loved the idea of outdoor lifting. We started shootings around ideas and took inspiration from Venice beach California and decided that I would turn my back-yard gym into The Rack. All we have for the gym is an Instagram but once I finish school I’ll find a place and open it as a public gym.

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?
Right now, there hasn’t been many issues because it’s just in the idea phase but I do think finding the right location and the proper amount of equipment will be hard.

The Rack – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Well, I am a NFPT certified trainer at the moment and I’m studying exercise and wellness at Asu right now so my specialization will be in those areas. I would like it to mainly be and old school golds/Venice kind of feel but I’ll include something for everyone.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
Honestly, the conception of the idea. Just to have figured out a goal that I actually want to pursue feels amazing.

Contact Info:

  • Phone: 3045535727
  • Email:
  • Instagram: Theracktempe
  • Facebook: The rack, Cyprus southie, Arizona

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Ian Cavender

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