WHO WE ARE

WHO WE ARE

Barbells and Badges is an LEO owned and operated company, and the top fitness motivation community on Instagram for first responders. Our focus is community. We are, "One team. One mission." We achieve this by continuing to build a diverse community that inspires, supports, and empowers others.

OUR INSTAGRAM COMMUNITY

Our fitness motivation community, which originated on Instagram, was created for people to share their health goals, journey, and challenges, and to find inspiration and support from others who are also striving to be the best version of themselves. As a community, we have been able to support many of our followers as they make a difference in the lives of others as well. With the proceeds from the sale of some of our athlete's shirts, we have been able to donate to C.O.P.S., Police Unity Tour, Stephen Siller Tunnel To Towers Foundation, and Unravel Pediatric Cancer. In addition, our desire to give back has led us to create our Honor A Hero Project. We have been able to donate to multiple fallen officers families through their F.O.P. and department.

HOW WE GOT STARTED

We came up with the concept of Barbells And Badges after seeing how people were demonizing the law enforcement profession. This, along with a spike in line of duty deaths at the end of 2014, became a constant reminder to Barbells and Badges owner Marc of a friend, and fellow police academy graduate, that was killed in the line of duty in 2000. We wanted to do something, so we created Barbells and Badges to support and inspire first responders, their families, and supporters. The company began during the anniversary month Marc’s friend was killed.

INSPIRATION FOR HONOR A HERO PROJECT

We recognize that mental health is equally as important as physical health. Through Barbells and Badges we have had the privilege of meeting some amazing LEOs, and LEO widows that have forever been changed by the loss of heroes close to them, just like Marc did. We were also directly impacted by the sudden loss of a siblings spouse in 2016. It’s absolutely devastating to families, co-workers, friends, and departments after losing their hero. We understand first hand how completely helpless it can make people feel when they lose someone close to them. We felt a strong conviction and need to help and support first responders, families, departments, and communities impacted by such senseless tragedies. To help them memorialize and work through some of the grief they felt. Wearing our Honor A Hero Project shirts not only keeps the memory alive of a hero taken to soon, it also provides monetary support to heroes families, departments, and C.O.P.S. We know that departments can be inundated with request to do things like memorial shirts after they lose a hero, and we’ve heard the unfortunate stories of companies using the tragedy to knowingly scam everyone involved. We knew that the Honor A Hero Project was built on a solid foundation of integrity, and we could eliminate that problem from happening to another agency. All of our donations can be verified, which is an additional piece of mind for those who support Honor A Hero Project.

BARBELLS AND BADGES OWNERS

What’s up guys. Marc here, I’m the CEO of Barbells And Badges. I’m also a veteran Law Enforcement Officer with over 15 years experience. I’ve held Positions in Patrol, Investigations, Bike Unit, and Motor Unit. I’ve also worked in the Training Unit as a Drill Instructor and PT Instructor. I’m certified in group fitness and enjoy helping others reach their fitness goals.

Hi everyone! I’m Morgen. I’m the COO of Barbells and Badges, Marc’s wife, and mom of 5. Marc and I met in the gym, and we are both very passionate about health and helping others. I’ve been a personal trainer and group fitness instructor with certifications in kickboxing, boot camp, BOSU, and step for the past 18 years. Together we understand the challenges first responders and their spouses face like lack of motivation, juggling shift work, lack of sleep, eating on the run, and family schedules. We worked through all of these things ourselves, and are happy to share the things we’ve learned along the way.

BARBELLS AND BADGES FAMILY

People like you find us everyday. We realize that YOU are the reason why this community works so well, and that none of this would be possible without supporters who believe in Barbells and Badges and what this brand stands for. So for that we thank you. We feel truly blessed to have each and every one of you along for this journey with us, and hope to continue to be a community filled with motivation and support for all of you. We look forward to what’s to come in the future.

If you’d like to be more involved with Barbells and Badges check out the BARBELLS AND BADGES ATHLETE page. We look forward to hearing from you.