Ironhouse Gym in Mason City, Iowa is the home of several of America’s strongest powerlifters. The Ironhouse is owned by Bob Vasquez and his wife Sheila. Bob is a big man with a great gym that has character. You know upon entering: the Ironhouse Gym is about getting strong.

Mason City, Iowa has a unique flavor; it is known for its Prairie School architecture.  Prairie School is all about buildings that use natural materials so they blend with nature, and open areas integrated with interior spaces. Mason City has the highest concentration of Prairie School architecture anywhere in the world.  The most notable architect to have worked in Mason City was Frank Lloyd Wright.

In 1959, teenage America all knew the whereabouts of Mason City, as Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper left its city municipal airport, only to crash shortly afterwards.  The American press dubbed the tragic story," The Day Music Died."

And what 'trivia buff' could ever forget that Mason City Iowa was once home to the Mason City Bats of the now defunct Great Central Baseball League?

The Ironhouse sits on the southeastern edge of Mason City.  For those who don't want to lose their pump, the gym is a must stop while travelling through the vast Mid-Western United States.