Written by R.A. Goodnight
I had a chance to meet with Brandon Outlaw, owner of Commercial Fitness Concepts. Brandon is a local business owner with a drive for giving back into the community. Brandon’s business began in 2003; since then, his business has grown from an e-commerce model based out of his garage to five warehouses he uses as distribution points. Today, CFC is the largest warehouse of new, refurbished, cleaned and serviced, as well as “as-is” fitness equipment in the Midwest.
During our talk, Brandon expressed to me that he recognizes how Christ has blessed his business throughout the years. Because of how he has been blessed, Brandon likes to use his business as a blessing for others.
Brandon works regularly with The Wounded Warriors organization, donating exercise equipment to help get the country’s finest back on their feet. Speaking of his partnership with Wounded Warriors, Brandon said, “If someone requests a machine, we are going to try and fulfill that request.” Brandon expressed to me that regardless of its use, for rehab centers or personal homes, they do their best to help when called upon.
From there we moved on to other organizations with which CFC likes to partner. Brandon shared, “We donate as much as we can to The Boys and Girls Clubs. We also partner with Planet Fitness; they donate some cardio and we donate some strength. The fire department is another. We donate as much as possible to them. Just about anybody that needs help.”
Brandon mentioned other fire and veterans’ associations he partners with as well. He said, “Anybody that comes to us that needs help, I am willing to go the extra mile. If it’s a legitimate organization, if someone needs something, we like to help if we can. Recently, we just did a deal with Make a Wish foundation. A girl here in Tulsa had a wish to give some fitness equipment to a school. We were able to help them get what they needed within the allowance they had to do it in.”
From Community Spirit’s point of view, we need more of this is the kind of guy and company in the community. What a great example of emulating Christ, not just in personal life, but even through his business practices.
Outside of Brandon’s altruistic activities, he is also happy to work with local gym owners. Brandon said, “We can do everything–from kettlebells to barbells, rowers to rigs or squat stands. We can get anything for them.” CFC can also help individuals with home gyms, “Anybody who is looking for an individual machine at home – spin bike, treadmill, elliptical – anything. They should reach out to us.” said Brandon.
What about us lowly gym goers? He didn’t leave us out either. I asked Brandon if he had any recommendations as far as the health club scene in Tulsa goes. Brandon shared, “Sky Fitness. I think they are great. Lifetime, if you want amenities, they are incredible. For lower cost memberships – 10 gym has great ownership and great management.” He added, “You really understand the judgment-free zone when you attend Planet Fitness, then go somewhere else. Many people feel comfortable over there. The YMCA’s have great facilities and great management as well.”
He finished up by giving a call out to some local shops as well, “Body Masters on Memorial is a great place, with a great guy. There is a great personal training facility down on 111th and Memorial called Journey Fitness. They are great people.” Community Spirit did a story on Journey in April and we agree; they are a great group of people. They even give free memberships to pastors. That alone is pretty cool!
All said and done, Brandon is one outlaw that we are glad to have in the community. If anyone knows of a charitable cause looking for a partner, a local business owner in need of some equipment or you’re looking to upgrade your treadmill – hit up Brandon (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dean (Dean@commercialfitnessconcepts.com) at CFC! Tell him CSM sent ya!