Owner Claims ‘Gym Rescue’ Destroyed His Business
By now, everyone has at least vaguely heard of the new show by Spike TV, Gym Rescue, that features former UFC stars Randy Couture and Ken Shamrock. Essentially piggy backing off of the popular show, Bar Rescue, starring Jon Taffer, the two fighter’s were to go into a failing gym, cut out the nonsense and create profitable, functioning business that the owner and the community could be proud of. Well, according to the owner of T3 Health and Fitness, Craig Marks, the show actually ran his business into the ground. Here is the story that was originally run for CagePotato:
“The entire ordeal was supposed to be fun and beneficial,” said Marks. “It was to the production company. To us, it was a disaster and we have had to start our business over from scratch.”
“We were told how to dress, what to wear, what to say. I was even told not to shave my hair, as I usually do every two days, because it would make me look ‘more vulnerable’ on camera.”
“(Frank Shamrock) was a narcissistic a–hole from the get-go and kept flirting with my wife, even texting her after one night of shooting to come join him in the jacuzzi at his hotel.”
“All renovations made to the fitness studio were done without one single permit being pulled from the City of Cooper City. Fines issued were in the thousands and left to the responsibility of the unknowing owners.”
“The owners had supplies and equipment stolen and thrown away. According to the chief building inspector, the renovation work was ‘unlike anything I’ve witnessed in 30 years on the job, horrible.’ The relocated stairway was not up to code and extremely dangerous.
They converted the upstairs loft into an office and yoga area even though that space was zoned for storage only. The drywall removed and then put back was coated with mold.”
While Shamrock vehemently denied that he was ever flirting with Craig’s wife, he was not surprised that Marks had made unflattering comments about him. “My role was to go in there and call him on his craziness,” said Shamrock, “and he didn’t take that very well.”
“At the end of the day, we’re just helping other people help their communities.”
“Seeing a gym go from near failure to ‘they have a shot if they keep going’ — that’s why I’m doing this. Just for that payoff. If we make the gym a better place for the two hundred, three hundred members there, their lives are going to be better, they’re going to feel better and the community is going to be better.”
“Before that, I’m beating the heck out of people.”
The show is set to air on August 10, 2014 on Spike TV.