The Forge back in 2019, Danbert says being
patient and opening in 2020 was the best
thing he could have done.
“I wanted to open in 2019 so bad,” he
says. But that did not happen.
“The good Lord told me to take a step
back and just breathe,” he says.
“So I did. I took that step back and that
breath. And I was able to just kind of go at
my own pace. Taking that breath and that
step back enabled me to deliver,” Danbert
The Forge is already an inspirational
place to get a hard workout in. But Danbert
brought the inspiration to the inside as well.
With large, colorful, hand-painted
murals on the gym walls
painted by a local artist,
The Forge doesn’t let you
feel defeated in its workout
“Dandi Shields is
awesome. The walls in here
- slap full of these awesome
motivational murals that Dandi
did herself,” says Danbert.
“She did the Thor wall, The
Forge logo wall, all of it. Every
mural in here.”
According to Danbert, Dandi spent
about a year-and-a-half completing all of
the motivation murals inside the gym.
“My main goal is to make people feel
good,” says Danbert. “It took such a long
time to get this place up and going. Such a
long time. And people are already giving
me amazing feedback.”
Danbert says the amount of positive
feedback about the newly opened gym
makes him emotional - as his overall goal
for a place for people to feel good has been
“I had a buddy in here just last
week. He said, ‘It took you awhile. But
Owner of The Forge, Danbert Collum, says
his main goal is to help people feel good.
you delivered.’...I loved that more than
anything,” Danbert says.
“There are no limits at The Forge. You
can’t grow with limits and this is a place for
people to come and grow,” he says.
“Our slogan here is; At The Forge we
temper our steel and sharpen our blades,”
he says. “There’s no limits. Not on how
many weights you lift, how many plates
you put on your leg press. No limits. Just
He looks forward to serving the
community for years to come.
“A forge is where normal pieces of
steel are created into masterpieces,” says
Danbert. “And that’s what we do here.”
44th Annual East Texas
Farmers State Bank
October 1st, 2nd and 3rd
Windham Civic Center
*Food Booths * Arts and Crafts Booths * Entertainment * Carnival
* Photography Show * Quilt Show * Creative Arts * Chicken Clucking
Contest * Wing Eating Contest * Car Show (Saturday morning) * 5K Run
(Saturday morning) * Broiler Show (Saturday morning at the Rodeo Arena)
* Broiler Auction (Saturday evening at Civic Center)
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