I see some postings on the forum from lifters in New Jersey. For those local to Warren, NJ (central NJ) and looking for a good hardcore powerlifting gym, I work out at and recommend Renegade Barbell Club (http://www.renegadebarbell.com). It’s a gym utilizing Westside Barbell principles and has all of the required equipment (Westside power racks, rev hyper, glute ham raise, various bars, sleds, squat boxes, chains, bands, etc.). Jason Ferruggia (owner) designs and maintains/ updates the programs for everyone. We usually change up our routines every 3-4 weeks. Basically, you are getting Personal Training support for the price of a commercial gym. Lifters, including beginners/ new members, are typically grouped together at prescribed times and you work out in teams. Everyone supports one another and assist each other by motivating, offering technique improvements, etc. We also videotape alot of our workouts and watch it afterwards to I.D. improvement opportunities. I joined as a beginner to powerlifting in April, 2003 (40yrs old and not lifted in 15 years) and ,thanks to Jason, have gone from 159lb bw/ 160lb raw bench to 179lb bw (20lbs/+12%, same waist size)/ 265lb (+105lbs/+65%) raw bench in 8.5 months. Not strong compared to most on this forum but a great gain.
We are always looking for new members dedicated to getting strong.
Happy New Year to everyone. Hope you all meet your strength goals for '04