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Old 06-24-2011, 12:53 PM   #11
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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
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Old 06-25-2011, 03:56 PM   #12
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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.

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correction, Camp Parks is in Dublin, for reserves.
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Old 06-25-2011, 06:17 PM   #13
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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.
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Old 06-26-2011, 04:46 PM   #14
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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.
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Old 06-26-2011, 08:27 PM   #15
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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!
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Old 06-27-2011, 08:04 AM   #16
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Or you could go the other direction, and live on a farm in Livermore.
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Old 06-27-2011, 01:09 PM   #17
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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.
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Old 06-27-2011, 02:26 PM   #18
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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.....
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Old 06-27-2011, 04:53 PM   #19
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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.
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Old 06-28-2011, 12:36 AM   #20
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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.
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