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  • Writer's pictureJacob Fitzner

Building a Stronger Community: The Stepaneks' Journey to Wellness in Cedar Rapids

In the heart of Cedar Rapids, amidst the bustling downtown streets, lies a family dedicated to more than just personal success—they're on a mission to uplift their community through health, wellness, and the support of local businesses. Meet the Stepaneks, proud Cedar Rapids natives with a passion for promoting positivity and vitality in their hometown.


Nutrisport Smoothie located in Cedar Rapids IA. Serving  natural and healthy smoothies, foods and supplements.

Brent Stepanek, a man of unwavering dedication and resilience, learned the importance of consistency from a young age. From starting his own lawn care business at the tender age of 7 to serving his country in the military for 7 years, Brent understands that success is built upon the foundation of hard work, commitment, and a deep-rooted sense of community.


Through multiple business ventures, including Hard Drive Performance, HD Elite, NutriSport, Virtue Salon and Spa, and a personal training facility, the Stepaneks have become pillars of support for Cedar Rapids entrepreneurs and health enthusiasts alike. Their latest endeavor, House of Iron, is poised to redefine the fitness landscape of downtown Cedar Rapids.


Located in the historic confines of the old Strand Theater at 316 3rd Ave SE, House of Iron isn't just another gym—it's a sanctuary for those seeking to transform their lives through physical and mental well-being. As the construction of this visionary fitness center progresses, the Stepaneks have teased glimpses of what's to come: a cold plunge, a picture room, a bodybuilding stage (a nod to the building's theatrical past), state-of-the-art equipment, and hexagon lights that illuminate the space with a sense of energy and purpose.



House of Iron new building going under renovation.  Located downtown Cedar Rapids at 316 Ave SE. This building was once an old theater and will now be a multipurpose building promoting health and fitness with apartments located above.

But House of Iron isn't just about lifting weights or breaking a sweat—it's about fostering a holistic approach to health. With their own NutriSport onsite, the community can access expert guidance from trained professionals who understand that true wellness extends beyond the gym floor. Whether it's recommending the right supplements or offering personalized nutrition advice, the Stepaneks and their team are committed to empowering individuals to optimize their health journey.



3D rendering provided by Push Pedal Architecture.  This 3D Rendering is a glimpse at what we can look forward to at the new gym 'House Of Iron' in downtown Cedar Rapids, IA.

House of Iron in Downtown Cedar Rapids will be one of many new things added to the community and will include state of the art equipment and a Nutrisport of its own.

The best gym located in Cedar Rapids is now in walking distance of many other businesses that you love downtown.  Equipped with custom machines, ice plunge, nutrisport, modeling room, and will host body building events. This gym is something new to the area and will stand in a league of its own while promoting health in the community and driving people to enjoy the newly updated downtown.


"We do everything natural and healthy because we know the value of it, and it's the right thing to do," says Brent Stepanek, emphasizing the family's commitment to authenticity and integrity in all aspects of their business.


For the Stepaneks, consistency isn't just a mantra—it's a way of life. They believe in the compounding power of small, incremental changes, recognizing that transformation begins with a shift in perspective and a willingness to embrace new habits while letting go of old ones.


As Cedar Rapids eagerly anticipates the grand opening of House of Iron, the Stepaneks invite their fellow community members to join them on this journey towards a healthier, happier future. Whether you're a seasoned fitness enthusiast or just beginning your wellness adventure, House of Iron promises to be more than just a gym—it's a beacon of hope, positivity, and vitality in the heart of downtown Cedar Rapids.


So, let's come together, Cedar Rapids, and support the Stepaneks in their mission to build a stronger, healthier community—one rep, one step, and one heartfelt connection at a time.


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