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What we focus on is how we differ!

The journey of Inspire Gym and Bear Strong has been one of purposeful evolution and impactful growth, each founded with a commitment to enhancing the lives of individuals in their own unique ways.

Inspire Gym, established in October 2015, set out with a mission to enrich the quality of life for local residents. Through dedicated efforts and a focus on providing top-notch fitness facilities, it has grown into the largest fitness facility in its region, setting a standard for excellence and inclusivity in the fitness industry.

Bear Strong, a mental health awareness brand founded by Chris in 2018, has made significant strides in promoting positive mental well-being on a global scale. Through talks, seminars, courses, and collaborations with various organizations worldwide, Bear Strong has garnered recognition for its contributions to bettering people's mindsets and mental health.

In 2022, Chris took a visionary step by establishing the Bear Strong Academy in partnership with Inspire Gym. This collaboration aims to merge the strengths of both brands, focusing on holistic development by addressing both physical and mental well-being. By offering a comprehensive approach that combines physical fitness, mental health awareness, and personal development, this partnership underscores a commitment to supporting members in all aspects of their lives.

At the core of this partnership lies a shared belief that true transformation extends beyond physical changes—it encompasses mental growth, emotional well-being, and overall quality of life. By integrating mindset coaching, structured exercise routines, and tailored nutrition guidance, the Inspire Gym and Bear Strong Academy aim to empower individuals to achieve not just physical health, but also mental resilience and personal fulfillment.


Together, they advocate for a paradigm shift in the fitness industry, emphasizing the importance of mental well-being as an integral part of a holistic approach to health and wellness. Through their combined efforts, they seek to inspire individuals to lead balanced, enriched lives that extend far beyond the confines of the gym.

So what services does the academy give?

The Bear Strong Academy, a collaborative initiative between Chris and Inspire Gym, is dedicated to serving a diverse clientele encompassing various fitness goals, ranging from weight loss to strength training and everything in between. Chris, leveraging his extensive experience as a retired strength athlete with 14 years of international competition under his belt, brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to his coaching services, catering to a wide range of clients seeking to enhance their physical performance and overall well-being.

With a strong foundation in strength training and a notable local reputation as the strongest man with enduring records, Chris embodies a commitment to excellence and achievement in the field of fitness. His coaching services are complemented by a fully integrated app that provides comprehensive support to clients, offering personalized guidance, tracking tools, and resources to optimize their fitness journey.

Moreover, within the Bear Strong Academy, there exists a dedicated powerlifting team known as the Bear Strong Academy Powerlifters. This team represents a community of individuals passionate about powerlifting, strength training, and performance enhancement, unified under the ethos of Bear Strong's holistic approach to physical and mental development.

By combining Chris's exceptional athletic background, coaching prowess, and the innovative integration of technology through the coaching app, the Bear Strong Academy stands out as a dynamic platform that caters to a diverse clientele seeking to achieve their fitness goals and elevate their overall quality of life. Whether aspiring towards weight loss, strength gains, or athletic performance, clients within the Bear Strong Academy can expect expert guidance, personalized support, and a community-driven approach that fosters growth, empowerment, and success in their fitness endeavors.



“Our focus isn't to push for physical change, but to build a stronger mindset so the ability to make changes is possible for you”

Chris McNaghten 

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