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Jarod Barker
06-23-2011, 11:01 AM
Hey, I'm looking at relocating to Pleasanton, CA next month. Anyone from that area? Any good gyms? I know Catalyst Athletics is about 40 minutes away :cool:

I'm just looking for an open gym, NOT a Crossfit, where I can use chalk and bumper plates. I don't care if it's in a basement, with or without running water, electricity and air conditioning are optional as well. I'm sure there's a Y there, but.... I really hate most Y's.

Anyone in/from that area?

Arien Malec
06-23-2011, 11:41 AM
San Ramon is pretty close so California Strength is strong choice. Diablo Barbell in Concord is also supposed to be a pretty strong hardcore gym but slightly farther away. Derek Weaver might have more choices.

Derek Weaver
06-23-2011, 12:04 PM
There isn't much in the way of an open gym that I know of. Cal Strength is probably the best choice. This area isn't great for people who want to lift or workout in a non-douche manner.

Depending on the time of day Cal Strength should be less than a half hour. I don't think that the Y that used to be in Livermore is even open anymore. Used to run gymnastics and stuff, but I think it closed.

On Powerlifting watch, I did a search and saw "Prevail Fitness", which I think was Reactive Gym. I think that may be the local CF affiliate. I really don't know.

Jarod Barker
06-23-2011, 06:54 PM
Yeah, it's not much better here in Pittsburgh... Everywhere you go is nothing but machines and the clientele, well to call them meatheads would be an insult to people who actually workout.... There is literally 1, just one single gym in the area that lets you use chalk and bumpers.

I just want a place where I can come in, do my squats, deadlifts, some cleans, and presses. I don't need an array of dumbbells, bosu balls, smith machines, leg presses, and all those bizarre cable spread your legs things.

Where do you guys train? I'm thinking of maybe just looking to rent a storage space and outfitting it myself with a squat rack, a bar, and some bumpers.

Arien Malec
06-23-2011, 09:01 PM
Here's my O-Town home gym:

http://www.performancemenu.com/forum/showpost.php?p=90165&postcount=935

Arien Malec
06-23-2011, 09:01 PM
But seriously, Glenn F'n Pendlay.

Jarod Barker
06-23-2011, 11:48 PM
But seriously, Glenn F'n Pendlay.

Yeah, it would definitely be an incredible opportunity to train with him. I don't know if he'd even let me in the door though. I've seen Kevin Cornell lift at the Pittsburgh Barbell Club in Bridgeville, PA. I am no where near that caliber of athlete. I don't think my one rep maxes would even fall into the range of their warm up reps haha.

Definitely something to consider, though I'd assume it's pretty expensive to train there. I will certainly look into it though. I should be arriving July 9, so maybe I can hurry up and shoot an email to Glenn.

Jarod Barker
06-23-2011, 11:50 PM
Nice platform by the way! You did a really good job on that. Mine is some poorly (read jagged) cut rubber flooring and a sheet of plywood taped to a concrete floor. What I lack in material and tools I make up for with duct tape.

Arien Malec
06-24-2011, 08:05 AM
Shoot him a PM on his forum. There's a non-competitive team as well.

Greg Everett
06-24-2011, 10:21 AM
With no traffic, e.g. on a Saturday, we're about 30-40 min away. We don't have open gym time normally, but on Saturdays at 11 am, we let people come in and lift with the team so keep that in mind as an option if you want an occasional break from wherever you end up training regularly.

Jarod Barker
06-24-2011, 12:53 PM
With no traffic, e.g. on a Saturday, we're about 30-40 min away. We don't have open gym time normally, but on Saturdays at 11 am, we let people come in and lift with the team so keep that in mind as an option if you want an occasional break from wherever you end up training regularly.

Greg, I have been planning a trip to Catalyst ever since I heard there was a possibility of going to CA.

I'm training for a completely different goal, but I'd love to lift with some real weightlifters. I've been squatting and doing power cleans to try to maintain a modicum of strength despite all the miles I've been logging. I really hate running.... Hopefully when Robb gives his lecture at NSW he convinces them to stop running everywhere as well :cool:

Derek Weaver
06-25-2011, 03:56 PM
I personally train in a 6' x 6' area where I can set up my trap bar and bench. I have got one of those pull up + dip towers, and set up and take down a heavy bag when it works.

This may all get even more minimalist as I have been trying to move for the last 18 months or so, and it looks like it may finally be coming in the next couple of months. You may do well to find an apartment with a car port, and set up in there.

Are you in the military? There's an Army camp in Livermore I think, but I don't know what they have for fitness, if anything at all. If that's your reason for being out here, then you probably already know that.

edit:
correction, Camp Parks is in Dublin, for reserves.

Jarod Barker
06-25-2011, 06:17 PM
Thanks Derek, I've got my package in with the Navy right now, still waiting to hear back. They'll probably DEP me for a year though if I get accepted.

I'm pretty minimalist myself, so a single car garage is more than enough space for me. I've been looking at townhouses with garages. Are there any areas I should steer clear of? I've been looking at Newark, Fremont, and San Ramon. I think most places actually in Pleasanton are out of my price range, as is San Jose.

Derek Weaver
06-26-2011, 04:46 PM
Newark and Fremont are both alright depending on where you end up. San Ramon would be the nicest spot. Parts of Pleasant Hill and Concord are good, but you've got to be kind of careful. Walnut Creek is good, but I don't know what rental costs look like.

San Ramon is definitely the best spot though. If you are looking for standard suburbia, it'll be San Ramon.

Jarod Barker
06-26-2011, 08:27 PM
Newark and Fremont are both alright depending on where you end up. San Ramon would be the nicest spot. Parts of Pleasant Hill and Concord are good, but you've got to be kind of careful. Walnut Creek is good, but I don't know what rental costs look like.

San Ramon is definitely the best spot though. If you are looking for standard suburbia, it'll be San Ramon.

Cool! Thanks alot Derek, I really appreciate the advice. I focus my search on San Ramon then. Thanks again!

Arien Malec
06-27-2011, 08:04 AM
Or you could go the other direction, and live on a farm in Livermore.

Derek Weaver
06-27-2011, 01:09 PM
I actually know someone who does that. She loves it, but a while back everything that was plugged in to an electrical outlet got fried during some sort of surge. I'm guessing that was a one time thing.

Hell, if you got one of those places, you could toss kegs, lift on your porch and throw massive keggers in the barn, that you may or may not have to build. I have no idea what it would cost to rent a place like that.

Ryan Hoegner
06-27-2011, 02:26 PM
If you wanted to dabble in some really heavy stuff, Jesse Burdick at CrossFit Pleasanton is a powerlifter and teaches the Cert with Mark Bell. Super cool guy. Im not sure if they have open gym hours, though.....

Derek Weaver
06-27-2011, 04:53 PM
Ryan,
Is that Reactive Fitness? I looked at their website, assuming it's the same place, and it was just a bunch of CF stuff. It used to be lifted on power lifting watch as a PL gym.

Jarod Barker
06-28-2011, 12:36 AM
Ryan,
Is that Reactive Fitness? I looked at their website, assuming it's the same place, and it was just a bunch of CF stuff. It used to be lifted on power lifting watch as a PL gym.

That's what it looks like to me too. I need to stay away from the CF. Just ask Dr. G haha. I know it's bad for me, and yet some guy in board shorts with a wallet chain and a mohawk yells 3,2,1, GO!!! and I break into this uncontrollable frenzy like a manchurian candidate. Directing me to a Crossfit box would be like sending a coke addict to Columbia on an all expenses paid vacation :-D

On a side note, I can't believe how much progress I've made since abandoning CF. I back squatted 210 for 10 reps today. When I was following CF, I struggled to hit 225 for 3.

I think I'll stick to Catalyst and Cal Strength as my go to gyms.

Ryan Hoegner
06-28-2011, 03:45 PM
Ryan,
Is that Reactive Fitness? I looked at their website, assuming it's the same place, and it was just a bunch of CF stuff. It used to be lifted on power lifting watch as a PL gym.

Im not 100% sure to be honest. I'd shoot Jesse a line for the hell of it. Maybe he could recommend a place.