by Danielle Wagner
JESUP (KWWL) Any day of the week, you'll find Rex Reinhart at the Jesup Gym.
Reinhart and his wife Jean opened the gym about 27 years ago.
"We're a family owned business. We're kind of the ma and pa. We're here seven days a week. Don't take vacations," said Rex Reinhart.
Rex Reinhart describes his gym as low-key and inexpensive. The Jesup Gym hosts free events, and besides the free events, people only have to pay $1 per visit to the gym, whether you stay five minutes or five hours.
"Anyone who walks through the door is welcome to use the dollar gym," said Reinhart.
Rex Reinhart is a former weight lifter. Now, he spends his days encouraging others. He also gives back to the community he's called home his entire life.
"Everyone knows Rex and Jean. They're great people very active in the community. If there's something going on in the community, if there's a need, you can find Rex there helping," said family friend Luke Baldwin.
Reinhart inspires people to work hard, set goals and strive for a more positive life.
"He's a family man and he's all about the community and inspiring people to do their best," said Baldwin.
Ask almost anyone at the Jesup Gym, everyone knows Rex. He sort of stands out.
"He's a big man, but he's a gentle giant," said Baldwin.
A gentle giant, with a big heart who said the Jesup Gym is for anyone who wants to be here.
Reinhart was the first Iowan to be a national champ in weightlifting. He was also the first teenager in Iowa history to lift 300 pounds over his head in the clean and jerk.
Besides running the gym, Reinhart also does some construction, helping to build various projects around Jesup.
Reporter: Danielle Wagner