"I have been asked to evaluate Head Coach, Franklin Easton of Ironstone Performance based on my experience based on my experience training with him for nearly two years. I wholeheartedly endorse Franklin as a strength coach and as an individual. Coaching, as with many endeavors is a subtle blend of art and science. Franklin has clearly demonstrated his science-based knowledge of strength training while coaching me over the past two years. However equally important is his ability to "artfully" apply that knowledge through keep observation and skillful communication. I face the usual physical challenges of a 76 year-old powerlifter, and some days I'm just not feelin it. However, Franklin and I have been able to continue to make strength gains through his skillful mentoring of weight training and equally important, insightful technique improvement. (It's worth noting that we always have fun and he takes care that I don't hurt myself!) I have also observed Franklin successfully coaching other athletes in the gym. Women and men of various ages training in our facility have made significant strength gains and improved their technique through his skillful coaching. I gratefully acknowledge that Franklin's coaching led to my recent first-place finish in equipped bench press in the IPF World Masters championships in St. Johns, Newfoundland."
IPF World Champion
"Franklin has been instrumental to my success in powerlifting. When I first came to him, I was strong, but I could not get over the hump to be truly competitive beyond the local level. He taught me correct lifting technique, reshaped my programming, showed me the importance of training cycles, deloads, and rest days, and helped me redefine my approach to training/competing. I would not have become USAPL National Champion or IPF World Champion without Franklin's help. Thanks Franklin!"
IPF World Champion
"I remember one day I was struggling with a 5 rep set squatting heavy weights. I just couldn't get the depth. Franklin stopped me and made me go to lighter weights, repositioned my feet, knees, and chest and focused on repeating good form before moving up in weight. In a couple weeks I saw significant improvement blowing past the weight with which I had struggled. I went to set a USAPL American record in the squat as well as the deadlift and total weight and was 2019 National Champion USAPL in the M4 division."
USAPL National Champion
Tokyo 2021, 100m dash Olympic alternate
"He is genuinely passionate about strength training, which makes the whole process fun and worthwhile. He has helped me tremendously with programming and lifting technique. I have seen him work with all sorts of clients, ranging from the not so serious all the way to the ultra-dedicated. it sounds crazy, but everyone he works with gets stronger... literally. For this reason I would recommend Franklin to ANYONE interested in being stronger. Franklin is a great coach."
First grade teacher
"I love having Franklin as my coach! As a first grade teacher, I have a pretty hectic schedule, but Franklin helps keep me on my game. When I first started lifting I could barely lift the bar... Now my squat is up to 140! I even got to compete in a powerlifting competition, something I wouldn't have dreamt possible 2 years ago. In addition, Franklin fosters a positive, friendly environment that encourages everyone to be their best! Overall, I am very satisfied with what I have learned and the experience I've had. I've gotten stronger, had fun, and made some great friends along the way!"