The Founders

Annie Brees

Annie Brees

I’m a personal trainer and mom to three kiddos who have logged many wo(man) hours in the weight room. I fell in love with powerlifting about 5 years ago shortly after joining 22nd Street Barbell, but in the past year tried my hand at Crossfit. I love both so don’t make me pick sides.

In fact, my admiration for all disciplines of strength is really what led me to the vision for the Women’s Barbell Classic. As a true “people person,” after meeting all these amazingly strong and determined women in powerlifting, Crossfit, strongman and other various gyms I just had to try to bring them all together under 1 house. And after our first meet in April 2018 and our second in 2019, I think it’s safe to say it was totally worth it. Watching women cheer on, support, and encourage other women just gives me all the feels.

I’m in the profession to help and Abbie and I are always available to provide support in any way we can. Swing by the gym, attend a workshop, shoot me a DM, or add me on Facebook. I’m here for you.

Abbie Mork

Abbie MOrk

After graduating chiropractic school in 2010 I moved back to the Des Moines area. My passion for the human body and strength training lead me to meet 22nd Street Barbell. I was immersed in a culture that not only encouraged me to lift weights but to lift heavy weights to attain my goals. Today I continue to call 22nd Street Barbell my home.

The Women’s Barbell Classic is one of my proudest accomplishments alongside my great friend and co-founder Annie. It was created because in my heart I felt our community needs it. Women needed this! They needed to understand the power a barbell has not only physically, but mentally and emotionally. Little did we know it would do so much more than either of us had ever imaged.

It has created positivity that has spread through our community and local gyms. By bringing together women from all walks of life and different abilities to encouraged and support each other. Genuine compassion for someone you just met. Being strong and vulnerable while hundreds watched and cheered. High fives, fist bumps, applause and cheer from the crowd are contagious. Tears of joy are a common sight. Come to find out selfishly the Women’s Barbell Classic created a movement that has made me a better person. I am proud and honored to be a part of the movement and can’t wait for what each year has to bring.