As our members know, kickboxing is one of the many pillars of our program. What many may not know is that our kickboxing techniques are based on Taekwondo martial arts.
Founder Lance Farrell has been practicing Taekwondo since the age of 18 and is a 6th degree black belt. He’s competed in many tournaments and even competed for a spot on the Olympic team!
Taekwondo made its debut as a demonstration Olympic sport at the 1988 Seoul Games, and became an official medal sport at the 2000 Sydney Games.
The Summer Olympics are only three days away, so we thought it would be fun to take a look back on Lance’s journey from competitor to Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping Founder!
Lance got his start by receiving a Gold medal in the National Taekwondo Collegiate Nationals in Baton Rouge, LA in 1984. He represented Iowa State University at this event. He then trained and competed in the United States Taekwondo Union (USTU) Nationals for 10 years. Now called the United States Taekwondo Association (USTA), it is the national governing body for Taekwondo.
For seven years, Lance fought in the heavy-weight division. After getting beat by Jimmy Kim in 1988 at the USTU Nationals, Lance moved to the middle-weight division. Jimmy won Gold in the Summer Olympic games in Seoul, Korea.
Lance then competed in the U.S. Team Trials at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO in 1989 and 1991 for a spot on the team. This event hosts the top six in each weight division that fight in a round robin event to select each weight divisions team member. Lance competed in the middle-weight division (167 – 182.6 pounds). He won a Silver medal both years. He lost to Herb Perez, eventual 1992 Olympic Gold medalist in Barcelona, Spain.
Lance placed second in the 1989 Olympic Sports Festival in Tulsa, Oklahoma, losing to Michael Pejo (Pam American Gold Medalist in 1989), as well as received a Bronze medal in the 1991 Olympic Sports Festival.
Lance was not able to compete in the 1992 Olympic Team trials due to injuries from training.
Lance opened his first Farrell’s location in Des Moines, IA in 1989, which incorporated martial arts and kickboxing. In 2001, Lance expanded the program to include strength training and nutrition and the Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping program was born.
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