About Rob Thomas

Rob and his son ZylinMe and My son Zylin
Every shirt you see on here, every inspirational message, came from my personal experience.

This is Rob, and I want to thank you for checking out my site.

People know me as Big Rob, a.k.a. Rob Did It, mostly from my personal training and more recently from my YouTube Videos. I'm a professional body builder, a fitness trainer, an entrepreneur, and a father. I have an 6 year old son, Zylin. He comes to the gym with me sometimes.

Weightlifting is my life, the gym is practically my home. Lately, when I go to fitness events and such, people have been coming up to thank me for inspiring them to challenge themselves. When people do that, I find it extremely rewarding. It's great to see I'm making a difference in people's lives, motivating them to be their best selves. For this alone I'm grateful to be doing what I'm doing.

The road that got me here was not an easy one. I grew up in the streets of Compton, and as you may know, it's a rough neighborhood. I had to be tough--mind, body and spirit-- and though I have done some crazy stuff myself, somehow I always kept the faith and dared to dream. Even when I was constantly surrounded by negativity--gangs, drugs, poverty, crime, you name it--I knew I could do better.

I encourage people to believe that they can do whatever they set their minds to despite difficulties.

That's the attitude I fight to keep, both inside and outside the gym: being positive, not letting anything or anybody get in your way. If you noticed, my shirts display themes with the same message: Believe and Conquer, Leave Your Legacy, Self Made, Self Paid, Swoll As Fuck! I encourage people to believe that they can do whatever they set their minds to despite difficulties.

Watch Rob's Journey from Compton to Iron Addicts Here.

I know what it's like to have dreams in a dark place. I remember my first major setback back in the day. I was playing baseball for Jarvis Christian College in Texas, doing really well, hitting 13 home runs in one season. Life was good. One day, during a game, I popped my hamstring. Not too long after, the quad of the same leg tore, and it seemed other parts of my body started giving up on me. I then decided I'd have to give up baseball.

Things went downhill from there. After college, I went back home to Compton, started smoking and drinking, with no focus or goals especially after my career path got killed by that injury. One day, a friend gave me some Ecstacy. I smoked it, got high off of it, really fucked me up. I think that was when I hit rock bottom. That was when I realized getting high and drunk wasn't the life I wanted, and that I needed to do something about it. Since baseball was no longer an option, I looked for other career paths.

I know what it's like to have dreams in a dark place.

I explored weightlifting. I joined Bally's (now LA Fitness), and started my life as a personal trainer. That's how I met CT Fletcher, who was also a personal trainer there at the time. CT--or Pops, as I call him--would become one of the greatest influences in my life. He trained me, pushed me beyond my limits, and taught me discipline and dedication. It didn't take long before I could see that weightlifting and fitness was my newfound passion, a whole new life that I would embrace and channel my energies into. The rest, you could say, is history.

It's been years since I stepped through those doors in Bally's and met CT. To this day, we still train together in Iron Addicts. I'm bigger than he is now, haha--but my respect for the man remains stronger than ever. I learned that the people you surround yourself with--whether they're family, friends, mentors--will have a huge impact on your life. CT is only one of the many great people I've been blessed to know, and there are dozen others like me who have turned their dreams into reality. Today, I want to be that kind of influence to my clients: whether you're just beginning in your training or someone who's been doing it for decades, I'll be there to motivate you, to support you, to challenge you. That's my job. That's my purpose in life. Because there's nothing more fulfilling than hearing people share how they did it: "Well, Rob Did It."