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Kevin Anderson
03-19-2007, 01:48 PM
I'm curious where most of you train. I go to a gym here in Austin, Texas and we do only the olympic lifts. People come and go and I have a feeling that if things don't change it will end up closing because there just aren't enough lifters coming in to make it viable.

One of the new guys that started training recently posted some pics of the gym on t-nation. You can see what the gym looks like as well as a video of Oleg doing an easy 150 kilo power clean.

http://www.t-nation.com/readTopic.do?id=1437869&pageNo=0

Ron Nelson
03-19-2007, 02:43 PM
Sweet. My 24 hr Fitness has all the latest machines, cardio, saunas, and mirrors anyone could ever want. It also has exactly 2 curl racks (but some meathead is always doing squats- whatever with that) and db's up to 120lbs.

What we can't do there is drop weights; therefore, no heavy singles. I think that's how I ruined my elbow.

As for your gym, suggest to the owners that they find a cheap industrial space to move to. It will save loads on the rent and extend the life of the gym.

Don Stevenson
03-19-2007, 03:44 PM
I train in a few places but the main one is at the NSW weightlifting association gym. We got the space after the state institute of sport moved out into a new building so we moved in.

we have

11 platforms including a 4x4 comp platform
11 full sets of bumpers with 2-3 pairs of 25kg plates per platform
11 sets of squat racks
1 big power rack
2 pullup bars
dumbells from 2.5 to 50kg
flat bench, incline bench, various other benches
A few assorted machines that the sports centre staff like to use
a C2
some exercise bikes
1 national head coach
another national coach
1 Moscow olympian
free massages:D
and a bunch of really dedicated weightlifters

Mark Madonna
03-19-2007, 04:02 PM
In my driveway,
2 cheapo bars and steel sets,
1 chapman bar
1 pendlay bar
1 penday women's bar
500 lbs in bumpers
1 pullup bar
1 dip rack
12, 16, 24, 32 kg kbs
1 set of 50lb db
1 C2 rower
and a hill,
no platform just a driveway

Also train with the rugby boys at Coach Nick Massman's house

Chris Forbis
03-19-2007, 05:02 PM
I train in my school's thoroughly antiquated, tiny weight-room.

Two squat/incline racks, one pulldown machine (with pullup bar above it), a hamstring curl machine (that I never use), and a bench press. Dumbbells through 65, lots of free weights. It gets the job done, though I still dream of a platform and bumper plates...

Mike ODonnell
03-19-2007, 05:12 PM
Curves.....or is it Cuts for men? I forget......I gym hop.....where ever I find myself training...local park......HS track....have access to a few small gyms around town....nothing fancy like Ron's place.....I agree, if you want to save the space....get industrial...as you dont need store front property for O-lifting....that kind of training people come to you wherever you are....

Larry Lindenman
03-19-2007, 05:51 PM
Thank god i have a home gym. If i had to go to the gym every day, i'd blow it off and be a water buffalo! Haven't seen the inside of a commercial gym in years; if you don't count a giant metal O-lifting barn, on a concrete slab, with no heat, in Wisconsin, the field mice were a nice touch. Ryan A. could tell you about the place...great gym.

Steve Liberati
03-19-2007, 06:13 PM
Right now I train at the small gym in my condo complex. Practically the only one that uses it. Outfitted the place myself with some standard weightlifting tools. In the market for a single family house as we speak with hopes of building a small gym in a garage. Oh yea..once or twice a week I hit the local commerical globogym for workouts I can't do at my gym (squat rack, etc...). The weekly visit just reminds me how much I don't miss the bodybuilding scene. Spending hrs in the gym on one body part is actually quite amusing once you step out of the picture...

Jonathan Reik
03-19-2007, 06:33 PM
if you don't count a giant metal O-lifting barn, on a concrete slab, with no heat, in Wisconsin, the field mice were a nice touch. Ryan A. could tell you about the place...great gym.

I could tell you about the gym as well - I trained there for a little over a year before the commute got to me. And there is heat - we just saved it for when it's COLD - 45 degrees in May doesn't count. :) But now I train in my garage -

Pendlay bar
Hi-Temp bumpers
ProMaxima squat stands
Tyler Hass rings
homemade (is there another kind?) platform

and I'm saving up for some field mice.

Mike ODonnell
03-19-2007, 07:09 PM
Oh yea..once or twice a week I hit the local commerical globogym for workouts I can't do at my gym (squat rack, etc...). The weekly visit just reminds me how much I don't miss the bodybuilding scene. Spending hrs in the gym on one body part is actually quite amusing once you step out of the picture...

But I do miss all those cardio bunnies.....

Pierre Auge
03-19-2007, 07:23 PM
I train in a 1700sqft former tortilla chip factory.

5 platforms
13 pendlay bars
1 chapman elite bar
3500lbs of bumpers
1500lbs of dumbbells
4 C2's
1 spin bike (coat rack)
60+ feet of thick grip pull-up bars
1x 9foot revolving pull-up bar
4 GHD's
rings, parallets and more
21 dynamax balls
4 sets of jerking blocks/plyoboxes/pulling blocks
a cargo net
1100lbs of kettlebells

and last but not least one unused balance board just for show!

I also live here ;) lets just say not cozy!

Yuen Sohn
03-19-2007, 07:37 PM
I work out 2 days a week at Lost Battalion Hall in Queens, NY. I lift with that bad apple John Alston, who also posts here from time to time. It's pretty much like a YMCA/recreation center with basketball, volleyball, boxing, standard freeweights, cardio, and ping pong. Of course the ping pong area is situated right next to the Olifting platforms, so it makes it interesting at times...some people have rather terrible aim.

Back to the original post...
I really hope your gym can stay open. As Ron and Mike said, a change in location is one option. People will travel if you've got the equipment and knowledge...heck, some people at LBH have commutes well over an hour from where they live.

Also, the program at LBH is actually city-sponsored for the most part, which makes it MUCH, MUCH easier to sustain. It's probably a long shot, but it might be worth looking into how one gets local funding for an athletics program. I'll ask my coach on Wednesday if he can shed any light on this.

Derek Simonds
03-20-2007, 03:46 AM
When I am not on the road I train at home. I have a cozy little garage with most of the tools I need. My next purchase will be a Pendlay bar and KB's

Bench
2 cheap olympic bars
300 + Lb's steel weights
300 + Lb's Bumpers
Dumbells to 50 LB's
Dip station
GHD
Pullup Bar on ceiling 4' long with an OD of 1 1/2"
17' climbing rope mostly hung over the PU bar for grip PU's
Rings from PU bar
I forgot what kind of Squat Stands but they are nice and I like them
Muay thai bag
40 LB everlast bag
C2 Rower
Stationary Trainer for my Tri Bike
Medicine balls, swiss balls and assorted other exercise implements

On the road I use the YMCA or whatever Globo Gym is affiliated with the hotel I am staying . It sucks but a lot of the gyms out there want to charge 20$ for a one day pass. If there isn't a real gym close by it is bodyweight all the way baby! I bought the scrapper mod1 stuff so that I would have an arsenal of bodyweight stuff to do when I can't get to a gym. I also fall back on Tabata intervals a ton when I am on the road, if you get creative you can change the intervals up enough not to go crazy in 4 days.

Allen Yeh
03-20-2007, 04:26 AM
Gym - Bolling AF base Fitness Center
Lots of Machines, very little free weights, they do have 2 very new York bars that are decent, the plates are those annoying hexagonal shaped ones. They also have a rack of KB's though most people use them for lateral raises and curls than swings or anything else.

At my tiny little condo:
Rings, parallettes, some KB's and DB's.


I often dream about having my own olympic set at home, when we do get a house that'd be on the top of my list to get.

Kevin Anderson
03-20-2007, 04:36 AM
I used to train only at home but there is something to be said about training with others, especially when olympic lifting. Right now I train at home on the weekends and occasionally during the week. I used to train early in the morning when I was crossfitting but as the weights got heavier, I couldn't keep from dropping them anymore and waking up the house.

Here is a video that shows my little gym in the garage. My wife does crossfit with a group and trains a few days a week in here as well by herself. You can't see it but I also have a solid pullup bar, rope to climb, c2 rower,GHD, 1 24k kettlebell and a few other odds and ends.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftguEooDyUk

Steve Shafley
03-20-2007, 05:39 AM
I train in my basement. You can see the place in the vblogs.

Power rack
0-90 Bench
GHR
6 kettlebells - 4kg, 8kg, 12kg, 16kg, 24kg, and 32kg
2 regular olympic sized bars, one cheap, on Ivanko...guess which one I use more?
2 100# plates
14 45# plates
4 25# plates
4 10# plates
4 5# plates
2 2.5# plates
Sled - outside
Tire - outside
Specialty bars: Appolon's Axle, Safety Squat Bar, Shrug Bar, Farmer's Bars
Grip Toys (lots, even though I don't use them)
Sledgehammer
Jumpropes
Slideboard (ha, from 1996!...still works)
5'x10' gymnastics mat I use for stretching/calisithenics

My ceiling isn't high enough for olympic lifts. I would like to get some bumper plates, though. I've got the itch to attend one of Valery Federenko's certifications and get the free set of professional kbs that come with it, too.

I set most of this up with a certain amount of severance pay I received when Dow Chemical offered me the option to leave.

Frank Needham
03-20-2007, 06:13 AM
Thanks to xfit my local gym is the deck in my backyard. No muss, no fuss, get 'er done and over with. I highly recommend it!

Bobby Spencer
03-20-2007, 06:37 AM
I train at a 24 hr. gym that is a 2 min. walk from my apartment. It is sectioned off with the cardio near the entrance and the dumbells and machines in back of that room. It is a huge room. In a side room are some more bikes. On the other side is the room for the freeweights with the diff. angle benches and squat racks. It is a decent sized room.

When you drive up and walk in you would think the place is packed with people. I love it because there is hardly ever anyone in the free weight part when I go to workout.

Kevin Anderson
03-20-2007, 06:43 AM
I like the idea of renting out some cheap space somewhere and having a co-op, not for profit gym and getting folks together to split the costs and have people to train with at the same time. The problem is that everyone around town is more into running 5ks and wearing their yellow jersies. If they lift weights at all, its bodybuilding all the way, curls for the girls.

Ronnie Ashlock
03-20-2007, 06:57 AM
I take one Olympic weightlifting class a week in Sumner, WA under John Thrush. I'd go more often (every time I could) if work and location allowed it. So I sub my home and some other facilities as way-points to the Saturday class with Thrush. I've also hopped around to various CF affiliates around Puget Sound (Rainier CF, CF Eastside and now I occasionally show up at CF North for Olympic weightlifting with a few of my teammates who also train in Sumner). Other than that, it's all at home in my garage. Most of it started by combing through the CF archives and going by what was recommended. Here's the current toy list:

A Chapman Power Elite Olympic Barbell - Very nice
A Pendlay Men's 20 KG Olympic Barbell (on its way as I write this)
Homemade lifting platform
IronMind Vulcan II Squat Racks
IronMind Bench
4 kettlebells, of which, 3 are DD KBs (20 kg, 24 kg, and 32 kg) and one 32 kg competition KB from Valery Fedorenko's group (American Kettlebell Club)
1 set of cheap 35 # dumbbells from Play it Again Sports
2 20# Dynamix Balls
1 20# D-Ball
1 BFS Glute Ham Developer
A cheap, annoying BFS Barbell which I use for squats and the rare day I do bench work. I wish I had not purchased this bar, but it does have its uses.
A C2 Rower (in the house at the moment until things warm up)
Bumpers - BFS bumpbers in Pounds - 1 Pair of 10s, 1 pair of 25s, 1 pair of 35s, and 2 pairs of 45s
Eleiko Training Bumpers (look just like the certified bumpers used in competitions). in kilograms - 1 pair of 10s, 1 pair of 15s, 1 pair of 20s, 1 pair of 25s
Full 1-kilo rule Eleiko fractional weights
1 pair of rusty 5-Kilo fractional weights by Weider (Weider actually made weights in kilos?!) from Play it Again Sports
1 pair of 2.3 kilo weights, also from PiAS
1 Pair of Heavy Duty Lifting Straps from Glenn Pendlay and WFW
A tube of Nicoflex
A tube of Voltaren
A tube of Finalgon
1 pair of Rehband knee bands
1 pair of Adidas IronWorks II shoes
Home-Depot special pull-up bar

Had I to do it all over again, I wouldn't have bought the Olympic bar from BFS as I hate that thing - it's okay to use for squats, bench and deadlifts, but after about a month of trying to do real Olympic weightlifting training on it, I ponied-up and got the Chapman and it's been a really good bar. I also wouldn't have gotten my bumpers from BFS in pounds. In fact, if I had been smart, I wouldn't have bought any of my weightlifting gear from BFS at all. If I had waited about a year, I could have gotten a much better deal on all my Olympic stuff from Glenn Pendlay. He has the best deal around for folks wanting quality Olympic gear.

The Eleiko bumpers were a treat to myself for not having cable for five years, not going out and buying a new video game console (or consoles as the case may be with some of my friends) and paying off my car a few years ago (and not going out and getting a new one). I hemmed and hawed on them, because they were so expensive, but decided it was no more than some people pay on a set of golf-clubs or what not. I looked at a bunch of different vendors (Ivanko, York, Eleiko, Werksan) at the time and decided to go with Eleiko since the money wasn't drastically different. Real competition-grade bumpers by reputable companies are expensive no matter who you use. I lift with them just about every day, so I think I'm getting a pretty good return on my investment.

Kevin Anderson
03-20-2007, 08:47 AM
Pierre, do you have any pics of your gym?

Allen Yeh
03-20-2007, 10:29 AM
I wish I was neighbors with Ronnie! sheesh!

I take one Olympic weightlifting class a week in Sumner, WA under John Thrush. I'd go more often (every time I could) if work and location allowed it. So I sub my home and some other facilities as way-points to the Saturday class with Thrush. I've also hopped around to various CF affiliates around Puget Sound (Rainier CF, CF Eastside and now I occasionally show up at CF North for Olympic weightlifting with a few of my teammates who also train in Sumner). Other than that, it's all at home in my garage. Most of it started by combing through the CF archives and going by what was recommended. Here's the current toy list:

A Chapman Power Elite Olympic Barbell - Very nice
A Pendlay Men's 20 KG Olympic Barbell (on its way as I write this)
Homemade lifting platform
IronMind Vulcan II Squat Racks
IronMind Bench
4 kettlebells, of which, 3 are DD KBs (20 kg, 24 kg, and 32 kg) and one 32 kg competition KB from Valery Fedorenko's group (American Kettlebell Club)
1 set of cheap 35 # dumbbells from Play it Again Sports
2 20# Dynamix Balls
1 20# D-Ball
1 BFS Glute Ham Developer
A cheap, annoying BFS Barbell which I use for squats and the rare day I do bench work. I wish I had not purchased this bar, but it does have its uses.
A C2 Rower (in the house at the moment until things warm up)
Bumpers - BFS bumpbers in Pounds - 1 Pair of 10s, 1 pair of 25s, 1 pair of 35s, and 2 pairs of 45s
Eleiko Training Bumpers (look just like the certified bumpers used in competitions). in kilograms - 1 pair of 10s, 1 pair of 15s, 1 pair of 20s, 1 pair of 25s
Full 1-kilo rule Eleiko fractional weights
1 pair of rusty 5-Kilo fractional weights by Weider (Weider actually made weights in kilos?!) from Play it Again Sports
1 pair of 2.3 kilo weights, also from PiAS
1 Pair of Heavy Duty Lifting Straps from Glenn Pendlay and WFW
A tube of Nicoflex
A tube of Voltaren
A tube of Finalgon
1 pair of Rehband knee bands
1 pair of Adidas IronWorks II shoes
Home-Depot special pull-up bar

Had I to do it all over again, I wouldn't have bought the Olympic bar from BFS as I hate that thing - it's okay to use for squats, bench and deadlifts, but after about a month of trying to do real Olympic weightlifting training on it, I ponied-up and got the Chapman and it's been a really good bar. I also wouldn't have gotten my bumpers from BFS in pounds. In fact, if I had been smart, I wouldn't have bought any of my weightlifting gear from BFS at all. If I had waited about a year, I could have gotten a much better deal on all my Olympic stuff from Glenn Pendlay. He has the best deal around for folks wanting quality Olympic gear.

The Eleiko bumpers were a treat to myself for not having cable for five years, not going out and buying a new video game console (or consoles as the case may be with some of my friends) and paying off my car a few years ago (and not going out and getting a new one). I hemmed and hawed on them, because they were so expensive, but decided it was no more than some people pay on a set of golf-clubs or what not. I looked at a bunch of different vendors (Ivanko, York, Eleiko, Werksan) at the time and decided to go with Eleiko since the money wasn't drastically different. Real competition-grade bumpers by reputable companies are expensive no matter who you use. I lift with them just about every day, so I think I'm getting a pretty good return on my investment.

Pierre Auge
03-20-2007, 10:58 AM
Yeah if you go to capitalcrossfit.com and follow the link to the video blog or just look at the pics you'll see the gym.

Kevin Anderson
03-20-2007, 11:23 AM
Very nice. I like the pullup bars.
I wouldn't expect a tortilla factory in Canada.

Ronnie Ashlock
03-20-2007, 01:04 PM
Allen, if you are ever in Washington, you are more than welcome to use the garage. I'd love to have some cool neighbors into training. Mostly, though, they either jog, walk dogs or push baby strollers.

Billy_Brummel
03-20-2007, 03:21 PM
I go over to the High school across the street. They have about 12 squat rack/lifting platform setups and various free weights. I really lucked out in that I get to lift with their throws team and some other, more experienced throwers. It's good to be around folks throwing around a lot of weight-gives me something to work towards.

Aimee Anaya Everett
03-21-2007, 08:26 AM
When your here, you can hella train.

Greg Everett
03-22-2007, 08:37 PM
mike's gym as of last august. prior to that at norcal strength and conditioning with those 3 dorks. oh wait.

PS, do you guys like how i trained aimee to say hella all the time? it's hella rad.

-Ross Hunt
03-22-2007, 09:37 PM
Spoon Barbell Club in Richardson (North DFW) Texas twice a week, once alone, once with all the guys. It's a garage gym, but it's adequate. You might say it righteous hella sweet.

Twice a week at the University of Dallas gym. It is... not. Think cybex and Body-Mass-Index-challenged girl's basketball players doing bunny-hop plyometrics. At least there's a platform.

Allison Barns
03-22-2007, 10:18 PM
CrossFit North in Seattle, WA. Even after a crazy day at work, I walk in that place and suddenly all is right with the world.

Kevin Anderson
03-23-2007, 07:16 AM
Ross, did you come to any of our meets here in austin? The texas state meet or the one we had prior to that?

-Ross Hunt
03-23-2007, 11:53 AM
Nope.

The only meet I've been to in Texas was the Liberty Open up in Wichita Falls.

Are you guys having another meet any time soon?

Kevin Anderson
03-23-2007, 12:31 PM
I doubt it.

Dave Van Skike
03-24-2007, 02:31 PM
train at the y. it's great, squat rack is always free and they have free coffee. Also train at seattle athletic club. they have lots of room and the heavy bag is always free, squat rack is usually free and they have spanky new rowers.

Don Stevenson
03-25-2007, 06:29 PM
Just been down for my first workout at the local rowing club.

This is one of those diamond in the rough type finds. 5 minute walk from my new apartment and basically no one uses it except the rowers in the afternoon. For $300 for 15 months we can use the club anytime we want as long as we don't drop anything heavy at dinner time as the gym is directly under a very expensive restaraunt.

the rowing club has got

8 model Ds
1 of those dyno things from C2 that no one uses
5 olympic bars
2 pairs of 15kg Uesaka bumpers
3 pairs of assorted other rubber rimmed bumpers (like old style yorks from the 60's)
rubber floor
boxing area
bench presses
very narrow power rack
assorted dumbells and medicine balls
plenty of floor space

The coaches there will even let me bring in my own bumpers and stuff:cool:

John Alston
03-29-2007, 01:53 PM
Word, I train with YoonTang.
Here's the link, because he forgot it:
http://www.lostbattalionhallweightlifting.org/

Soon expect to see videos of us and others on it.

Dave Paton
03-29-2007, 02:10 PM
John,

I am going to be in Queens from 18-23 April visiting in-laws. I already emailed the club and Leonard Bacino said to come by on a Monday or Wednesday. Thursday would work better, but he said that day is basically for team members. So hopefully my flight from Arizona won't wear me out too much when i show up on the 18th.

Yuen Sohn
03-29-2007, 03:02 PM
Ah, thanks John.

Huh, you'd think Lenny could at least change the 'Last updated on' date to show he's making some effort to keep things current :D

John Alston
03-30-2007, 10:38 AM
Dave
Looking forward to your visit.
Too bad you couldn't be there the prior weekend as there's a meet there on the 14th!
John