Southern Barbell Crew was founded in early 2014, by trainer and competitor, Wendy Martin. Wendy's interest in bodybuilding started during her time at West Virginia University, while focusing on a Bachelor's in Exercise Physiology. Her competition focus began in 2002, appearing in multiple shows throughout Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. Wendy was featured in Muscle and Fitness Magazine in April of 2004, after standing out as a competitor at the Collegiate Nationals that year in Pittsburgh. The article features a three-page spread, in which Wendy shares her passion for fitness and competition.
During her time at WVU, Wendy also shared her interest in fitness with others, and helped to create the WVU Bodybuilding Team in 2004. She trained her first female competitor in 2005, who competed alongside the rest of the WVU team at the Collegiate Nationals in Pittsburgh, PA.
The Southern Barbell Crew team sponsors and produces strong competitors in the Women's Bikini, Figure, and Physique categories (with several athletes earning Pro Status in the IFPA), as well as competitors in both Men's Physique and Body Building. SBBCrew competes in North Carolina and surrounding states, within several federations including the NPC, IFPA, NPA, and WNBF.