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The little gym that could: Terry Grisham’s Team Chalk takes regular folks and helps them become champion powerlifters.

From true beginner to world-class athlete. We cater to every level of fitness.

Chalk Gym members range in age from 7 to 75,  true beginner (never stepped foot in a gym) to world record holder, and fitness enthusiast to professional athlete.  You will not find a gym with more diverse members than Chalk, and we love it that way.  So don’t be intimidated.  There is someone in here just like you. Unlike other gyms, at Chalk Gym you will have an experienced, professional personal trainer write down exactly what you are supposed to do every day when you show up.  You will not need to know anything about fitness or weight lifting to get started right away on your first day.  Or if you are interested in general fitness, weight loss, rehabilitation, we will have a program built specifically for your goals as well.

About Chalk Gym

CHALK is a weight training facility that combines the membership, training & coaching, and your workout routine all for one price. The equipment, the facility, the programming and coaching are designed to provide the optimal environment for training.Once you walk through the door everything is taken care for you. Your program, your safety and your guidance. You are never left alone.

Coach Terry Grisham

Terry was an Oklahoma state high school and state teenage powerlifting champion. He began his Strength & Conditioning career in 1984 at the University of Oklahoma. Terry earned his B.S. in Physical Education from the University of Central Oklahoma, his M.A.Ed. in Exercise Physiology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and has 21 hours of graduate work in Kinesiology from Louisiana State University.


CHALK was fortunate enough to purchase the latest Eleiko equipment that was used for just two weeks at the 2015 World Championships in Houston. The very platform and bar you use at Chalk may have been used by a World Champion. If you seek world-class equipment with professional coaching and programming, Chalk was created just for you.

Chalk is returning to the roots of exercise design and weight training.

Chalk focuses on developing a unique program for the member rather than following blindly the current fads and systems of other fitness facilities and gyms that leave the member alone to reach their goals. We want to help preserve what we believe was the original intent of the fitness industry which was producing results for its members and providing a better quality of life.


I've known Terry Grisham since I was a freshman at LSU.  He truly is one of the reasons I have had such a long career in baseball. When we first met I was 18 years old weighing 165 pounds with very little muscle. By the time I was a junior I had gained almost twenty pounds. With his years of experience in coaching, his education in exercise physiology, sports nutrition and rehabilitation he has taught me how to eat properly, lift properly and recover properly. Over the years, he has written numerous programs to fit my personal needs as a professional athlete. A word of warning to you, he is not for the lazy or faint of heart. He will push you and has no time for excuses. If you want to be taken to the next level and see your body at its best, then there is no one better than Terry Grisham.
Paul Byrd
Former Starting Pitcher - Cleveland Indians
As a former US Army Special Forces operator and strength & conditioning coach, I understand much of what it takes to be successful as a tactical athlete. When programming for the tactical athletes, there are a myriad of components and key factors that must be addressed that are unique to this community. Terry understands these intricacies and he has continually worked to improve program development and analysis for this segment. I have met very few people that sincerely work toward developing the Tactical Athlete like Terry. The Tactical Fitness industry needs people like Terry.
Derek Zahler
Author, The Tactical Fitness Manifesto
I first met Terry in 1980 when he joined the OU Weightlifting Club as a sophomore in high school. I remember his intense desire to train and compete in the sport of Powerlifting. Even at 15 yrs old, I could tell he was destined to become a great athlete and coach. His approach to training was direct, regimented and focused. I have watched him develop over the years and am very proud of his achievements. The goal of every teacher should be to turn out students who accomplish more than them. I am proud to pass on much of what I have learned and experienced throughout my life and career to Terry. What I admire most about Terry is the respect and loyalty he has shown throughout the years. I recommend Terry without any reservations as a coach, mentor and friend. Congratulations on a job well done!
Stephen Miller
USAW Senior International Level Coach

Contact Chalk Gym


7051 Meadowlark Drive, Birmingham, AL 35242