SUMMERSIDE – Every weight in Iron Haven Gym lay still on the floor, as all members paused their workouts to turn their gaze to the squat rack in the back corner of the room.
Laden in bright green spandex pants, a neon green undershirt, a chopped up forest green T-shirt and a cowboy hat, Ryan Brown gave everyone a preview of what’s to come on March 29. Spotting him, fellow member Allie Gallant sports a more modest set of black tights and an Iron Haven T-shirt.
Brown, dressed as a gym-rat version of Robin Hood, took the chance to show off his outfit for an upcoming fundraiser the gym is putting on for the IWK Health Centre.
The event, called “Mighties in Tighties: One Million Pound Squat Challenge,” will see more guys like Brown, decked out in ridiculous outfits, attempting to squat a total of a million pounds.
“We wanted to do something fun for a good cause,” said event organizer and Iron Haven instructor, Peggy-Sue Gaudet. “We thought, ‘How funny would it be to see guys in tights doing squats?’”
Anyone is welcome to participate, whether an avid gym-goer, or just someone looking to help out a good cause.
“Some people will be going all out, and some will be taking it easy,” she said. “If you want to come down and just put 10 pounds on the rack and squat it once, that’s fine. It’s more about the cause than the final result.”
Iron Haven Gym has been a staple of Prince County fitness for 30 years, having originated in Alberton. The Summerside location opened up on Water Street eight years ago, and now has more than 400 members.
To celebrate its 30th anniversary, Gaudet and company came up with the idea to give something back to charity. When it came to choosing a cause, it was an easy decision.
“What better cause is there than to help out the kiddies?”
While a funky get-up is not mandatory, Gaudet takes a look at Brown and Gallant and laughs.
“Hopefully everyone will dress up like these guys,” she said.
The event will get underway March 29 at noon. Admission is $10, and any donations will be accepted.