Rockwell Barbell was founded in the fall of 2014 by Lawrence Scott. He and others became frustrated with traditional gyms and other personal training studios and decided something needed to be done.

The first Rockwell started in the basement of a rundown factory building along the Chicago River with the idea of creating a training environment that was appropriate for the goals at hand not the comforts we have been taught we "need". This was done out of pure necessity and not a business venture by the those who lack real actual training experience.

After a year, it had outgrown it's original space and became a fully functional personal training studio and private training facility that it is today. Now it's a staple for personal training, powerlifting, strength, conditioning, and bodybuilding in Chicago that still maintains its gritty edge.