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About Primal Owner, Charles “Tank” Tankersley
I was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. I grew up playing baseball, idolizing Hulk Hogan and the Ultimate Warrior, and worshipping the Dallas Cowboys.
Despite repeated attempts to get me in the weight room during high school by my dad and coaches, I decided I’d rather be out chasing girls or nerding out playing video games. After high school, I went to Texas A&M University and started running as a hobby. I was in great cardiovascular shape but I was scrawny and weak.
After graduating, I took a job with the Department of Defense (DoD) in Washington DC. It was here that I ditched the running game and fell in love with the iron. Gold’s Gym Capitol Hill is where this journey gained its traction and I started to pound the weights with a passion.
In the beginning I didn’t know what the hell I was doing and just mimicked other guys in the gym. While I made a few newbie gains, my progress stalled. I realized that to truly excel and become elite I needed to learn anything and everything about training.
I got certified as a personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and then as an Underground Strength Coach through legendary coach Zach Even-Esh. It was after I trained with Zach that I knew I didn’t want to train in some corporate box gym. I wanted to train my way, with my principles, and with my kind of clients. Primal Strength Camp (PSC) was born.
Despite still holding down a full time job with the DoD, I trained and educated my ass off before and after work, building up PSC from absolutely nothing. Now, we are 10,000+ followers strong and growing by the day. In addition to running PSC, I wrote for two huge Facebook pages (Male Health Motivation and AlexBodyRevolution) serving over 200,000 followers on a daily basis. Oh, and I still have that DoD job…
In February of 2015, I opened the Primal Strength Gym in Charlottesville, Virginia. The gym embodies everything Primal was built on. I’ve outfitted it with some of the best equipment on the market and brought in some of the strongest lifters in the area. My clientele ranges from competitive athletes, powerlifters, and strongmen, to doctors, high-school coaches, desk jockies, and full-time moms. Primal’s wide range of members is a testament to our community of self-development and unity in strength and hard work. We are a family.
Within the first year of opening Primal Strength Gym, my members tallied 11 top three finishes in Strongman competitions around the country, with 5 of those being wins. We also developed multiple nationally and world qualified Strongman competitors, including one national record holder.
Since then, we have added dozens of top 3 finishes in strongman, powerlifting, and even MAS wrestling. We have become nationally recognized, and been featured on EliteFTS as well as Finding Strength, a documentary series that highlights the best gyms, coaches, and athletes in the United States.
Currently my own training is 100% focused on Strongman. My goal is to get continually stronger, compete more, win higher level competitions, and see where that takes me. In the process, I will continually strive to put Primal Strength Gym on the map as one of the go-to gyms in the region.
A huge part of that is helping Primal Nation near and far, and giving value to everyone I interact with.
Life is a daily grind, but when you want something bad enough, you will stop at nothing to see it through. And I will stop at nothing to ensure I help people get stronger, both physically and mentally.
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