In a basement with no windows, no A/C and a leaky roof, Hunger in the Wild began in 2016 out of owner Kyle Dosterschill’s dream of creating an Olympic Weightlifting gym that put its members’ progress first. After seeing the poor technique and stunted progress rampant in globo gyms and Crossfit boxes, Kyle realized that the issues he was seeing didn’t lie within the coaches, but rather in the gym’s priorities and atmosphere. After a long career in competitive sports and Olympic Weightlifting, Kyle decided it was time to shift his focus from competing to coaching and set out to create a gym that offered coaching that fit the needs of the individual.
From this dream, Hunger in the Wild was born, but the journey has been nothing short of rocky. Since its beginnings in an 800 square-foot basement, the Hunger in the Wild family has weathered and a fire that destroyed our location and much of our equipment. But our members have stayed loyal.
At Hunger in the Wild, we’re not here to sell you some bullshit personal training package that promises results you’ll never see. We promise to match you with programming that works for you while providing you with a welcoming, encouraging gym family to push you every day--no matter your fitness level and goals.
Welcome to the Wolfpack!
"HITW has unmatched coaches, equipment, and resources for individuals who are serious about their training. I was able to improve my weightlifting total on the competition platform, and was able to develop much more technical consistency with my lifts. The atmosphere of friendly and supportive people made this journey much easier and more enjoyable."
"Hands down, the best coaching I’ve ever received for Olympic Lifting, Strength & Conditioning, and Mobility. They are truly masters of their sport and some of the most humble, selfless people you’ll ever meet. You won’t find a better community of lifters who support each other both in and out of the gym. All I can say is try it for yourself, you won’t be disappointed"
“From day 1, I was given the challenges that I never knew I wanted or needed. As opposed to sensationalized forms of training that go ‘all-out’, the training at HITW was ‘smarter, not harder’. Michele and Kyle put a lot of thought into programming that builds from the group up; arguably, not the most popular, but it is definitely effective."
"The biggest thing is the environment the coaches have created at HITW. They are warm and welcoming but will challenge you to push yourself. This carries over to the members too- they are all friendly and will even delay their next lift to cheer you on if it’s a max out day or just a hard lift. Try having that happen in a Lifetime Fitness! All of this makes it easier to want to come back, even if you’re sore. And coming back the next day, and the day after."
"HITW is welcoming to everyone and has a great community of people. You'll find youngish and oldish people, crazy strong people and people you would never guess are crazy strong. If you think you aren't one of those strong people they'll help you become one. For anyone considering HITW, just do it! You won't regret it!"