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Timothy Scalise
08-27-2009, 12:21 AM
... and one of my major factors is being able to train. anyone from either of those cities, been to, lived in, passed through, that knows good gyms that one can train at? I do Olympic weightlifting, I like to do met-cons as well, basicly CAWOD stuff. im spoiled here cause the YMCA has 2 platforms and 2 160kg bumper sets, with a bunch of bars, also Tommy Kono is around from time to time lol. So anyone know good gyms in either of those cities?

Brandon Oto
08-27-2009, 09:55 AM
I would probably prioritize other considerations in deciding where to live.

Timothy Scalise
08-27-2009, 10:03 AM
other considerations have been made, but thank you.

Brian DeGennaro
08-27-2009, 11:53 AM
I know in Seattle there is Sandpoint Gym and the Thrush Performance Center, both are good places to train.If I'm not mistaken, Adam Young trains in Portland.

Derek Simonds
08-27-2009, 12:17 PM
Scotty Hagnas and crew are at Crossfit Portland and Roy Dean teaches BJJ there. Makes it worthwhile on both counts to me.

Mike Ng
08-27-2009, 02:02 PM
Like Brian said Sandpoint Gym is an olympic lifting club in Seattle with plenty of bumpers and good bars, it's in what used to be a crossfit facility so we also have pull up bars, an erg, med balls, etc.

The Calpian Weightlifting Club/Thrush Sports Perfomance is about an hour south of Seattle. The head coach there is John Thrush, one of the best (if not THE best) Olympic lifting coaches in the nation.

Crossfit Level 4 is in Seattle and Agoge gym is roughly 15 mins north of Seattle, both these facilities are great places to train. I know there are a handful of other crossfit facilities in the area too.

Let me know if you need contact info for any of these places.

Timothy Scalise
08-27-2009, 10:26 PM
thanks for the info guys, i sent an email to the sandpoint gym. I would love to train with coach thrush but i wont have a car either place I go, so i would be bound to public transportation for a while.

Dave Van Skike
08-28-2009, 05:34 PM
... and one of my major factors is being able to train. anyone from either of those cities, been to, lived in, passed through, that knows good gyms that one can train at? I do Olympic weightlifting, I like to do met-cons as well, basicly CAWOD stuff. im spoiled here cause the YMCA has 2 platforms and 2 160kg bumper sets, with a bunch of bars, also Tommy Kono is around from time to time lol. So anyone know good gyms in either of those cities?

edit: just read your public transit constraints after i posted. neither of these are good to get to by bus or bike. CF level 4 and sandpoint are your best bet if you're in the City.

Both Rainer Crossfit and Local's Gym are near Sea.

both are legit and are run by guys with real depth of experience in actually competing They are not insular and have folks from a lot of backgrounds, not just crossfitters, kettleballers and oly people.

Kurtis at Rainer is a good LW strongman himself and puts on a good show every year in August to benefit the fragile x foundation. Jesse at Local's is putting on a Stronglander contest this Sunday. I'll post back if it turns out to be good. I were in the market for a good facility that also has platforms, I'd go to either of those in a heartbeat. if you're strictly an Oly guy, Calpain is prob the best fit in the Seattle area.

Timothy Scalise
08-28-2009, 06:16 PM
I contacted the sandpoint gym, and apparently they only train 4 evenings a week at 6pm, and on saturday afternoon, That isnt going to work out with me not knowing what my work schedual will be like (im a bartender). So untill I would get a car it seems seattle isnt going to have much. I found one gym in portland called loprinzi's gym, wich seems to be an old school bodybuilding place, but I contacted them and they have platforms and bumpers as well. Thanks again for all the heads up people. Im not planning on moving for a while, but It just kind of hurts my heart a little to think that I may not be able to train the way I want.

Emily Mattes
08-29-2009, 09:47 PM
Tim, don't let the haters get you down, there is no shame in choosing a place to live based on your gym. I did the same thing a couple of months ago.

Brandon Oto
08-29-2009, 10:04 PM
yeah but you're a gooftroop

Dave Van Skike
08-31-2009, 09:09 AM
I contacted the sandpoint gym, and apparently they only train 4 evenings a week at 6pm, and on saturday afternoon, That isnt going to work out with me not knowing what my work schedual will be like (im a bartender). So untill I would get a car it seems seattle isnt going to have much. I found one gym in portland called loprinzi's gym, wich seems to be an old school bodybuilding place, but I contacted them and they have platforms and bumpers as well. Thanks again for all the heads up people. Im not planning on moving for a while, but It just kind of hurts my heart a little to think that I may not be able to train the way I want.

Timothy,

Quick update. After doing weigh-ins and then an event put on by Local's Gym in Lynwood, I'd highly recommend them. Even if you end up living outside of Seattle proper, it's a great facility, with only a light sprinkling of the "look at my snatch" logo t-shirt and other koolaid shenanigans.

Jesse Ward is good people, Teh facilty itself is good sized, has lot's of platforms, odd objects, safety squat bars, axles, farmers bars, some small logs, sandbags etc. It's at least three notches above any other crossfit facilty I've seen.

Mike Ng
08-31-2009, 11:29 PM
I contacted the sandpoint gym, and apparently they only train 4 evenings a week at 6pm, and on saturday afternoon, That isnt going to work out with me not knowing what my work schedual will be like (im a bartender). So untill I would get a car it seems seattle isnt going to have much. I found one gym in portland called loprinzi's gym, wich seems to be an old school bodybuilding place, but I contacted them and they have platforms and bumpers as well. Thanks again for all the heads up people. Im not planning on moving for a while, but It just kind of hurts my heart a little to think that I may not be able to train the way I want.

We're essentially a key club gym, so if you're willing to put down a key deposit, stay current with gym dues, and don't mind training alone you could train whenever you want.

Timothy Scalise
09-01-2009, 10:42 AM
We're essentially a key club gym, so if you're willing to put down a key deposit, stay current with gym dues, and don't mind training alone you could train whenever you want.

I train alone now so I dont mind that one bit lol. gym dues is something I would stay current on, what is the key deposit? im guessing you go to this gym lol.

Mike Ng
09-01-2009, 04:50 PM
I train alone now so I dont mind that one bit lol. gym dues is something I would stay current on, what is the key deposit? im guessing you go to this gym lol.

Yeah, I'm a part of Sandpoint Gym. I think the key deposit is $100 now, we rent from the city parks department so basically the key deposit is whatever they charge to change the lock.

Matt Foreman
09-01-2009, 08:40 PM
Make sure you avoid training with Mike Ng. He's been known to make unwanted advances on practically anybody...

Just kidding, Mikey:) Send me an e-mail and let me know what's up lately. I don't think I have a current address for you.

Timothy Scalise
09-01-2009, 11:19 PM
I got another question un-related... mike ng are you a coach, cause I was looking at some of the rankings from last year on the USAW site, and i remember seeing the name mike ng on the coach list for someone. Thanks again everyone for all the help, this sandpoint place looks good if i can get to where I can do the key deal. im curious to check out the other gyms more north though.

Mike Ng
09-02-2009, 01:35 PM
Oh man, this forum must really be going down hill if they're letting you post here Matt!

Timothy, yes I'm a coach, although at this point I'd like to think I'm still more athlete than coach... I work mostly with beginners and athletes from other sports so it's strange that I'm listed as a coach for anyone who is nationally ranked. Maybe a teammate of mine listed me as one of their coaches.

If you're looking for places a bit north of Seattle then I'd have to agree with Dave who suggested Locals Gym. Jesse is a good guy (I went to high school with him) and he has a bunch of fun stuff for Olympic lifters, powerlifters, and strongmen to play with at his place.

Timothy Scalise
09-02-2009, 08:10 PM
well north would only be after getting a car, wich wont be for a bit lol. so in the city that a bus will take me. im going to send another email to the person I contacted before with sandpoint, see what my options are with the key club deal.

Patrick Roby
10-19-2010, 01:50 PM
Is the Sandpoint Gym still around? Their website http://www.sandpointgym.com/ is dead. I'm looking to get in contact with someone there about possibly joining. Anyone have their contact info?

Mike Ng
10-21-2010, 09:59 AM
Is the Sandpoint Gym still around? Their website http://www.sandpointgym.com/ is dead. I'm looking to get in contact with someone there about possibly joining. Anyone have their contact info?

Sandpoint Gym is still around, I think the website was taken down because we were getting quite a few random non-olympic lifters dropping in looking for a place to workout. The best thing to do is probably to stop in during our training times, we are usually open Monday through Thursday from 6pm to around 8pm or so and Saturdays generally late morning. The address is: 7400 Sand Point Way NE Seattle, WA 98118. If you have any questions you could e mail me at mikkelng(at)uw.edu