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Will Bartholomew

Founder & CEO

Will Bartholomew founded D1 Sports Training in 2001 in his hometown of Nashville, TN.

His passion for sport developed early, earning All-State honors in three sports in high school (football, wresting, and track). Will followed his passion for sport to The University of Tennessee where he played fullback for Peyton Manning. While at Tennessee, Will won the 1998 National Championship and captained the team in 2001. At Tennessee, he found his passion for lifting and the training foundation for D1 Sports Training.

Will’s vision for D1 grew into a multi-million-dollar company with over 40 training locations across the country. Men’s Health recognized D1 as a TOP 30 Gym. D1 is acknowledged as one of the 50 fastest growing companies.

Will’s involvement in his community goes beyond D1. He is a part of the Young President Organization. In his personal life Will is married to Shelly Bartholomew, former Miss Teen USA, and current model. They have three children Nolyn, Ty, and Mack.

Fun facts:

  • Will’s favorite exercise is Bench Press
  • Will didn’t drink alcohol until he was 27
  • Will enjoys fishing, golf, and hiking; basically, all the sports he was not born to do.