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Chicago Powerlifter-Friendly Gyms


#1

I'm headed to Chicago for a long weekend that is part work, part pleasure. I need to get two sessions in while I'm there, deadlift and bench. I'll also hopefully need a place that is open relatively late on Sunday night. Any ideas? I'll be staying downtown, but will have a car.


#2

go to powerliftingchicago.com... great website and will tell ya all the powrlifting friendly gyms in the city.


#3

Xsport; at 4677 N Elston. It's open 24 hrs and you can bring whatever you want and train however you want (chains, bands, boards, chalk, etc..) The only problem is that you will be staying downtown.


#4

Thanks, some great suggestions. Who knew Chicago had so many powerlifter-friendly gyms.


#5

Isn't Quads in Chicago?


#6

When I was there I trained at the Lakeshore Athletic club and I really liked it. The place is huge and expensive but they have a very big free weights area with a few racks and lots of plates, lots of dumbells.

Its downtown near Michigan and E Wacker.


#7

quads is in cal-city... kinda close. thats where im planning on training next year once i get a car and my lisence...


#8

Lance's Gym, hes a USPF competitor with a 1003 squat

EDIT: the owner's name is Lance Karabel.

Also try Monster Garage Gym, they might allow more people in but who knows


#9

Monster garage on the north side, take the train out to aurora, walk the 2 blocks to Frantz's gym. Ernie lifts every Sat. morning at 9.

If you have a car, Jakked gym in montgomery is always fun for the strongman equipment.

Quads on the north side is a great facility with every bit of equipment ever made. Quads on the south side is very intense and has an Ed Coan, which makes up for not having hammer strength.


#10

Monster garage on the north side, take the train out to aurora, walk the 2 blocks to Frantz's gym. Ernie lifts every Sat. morning at 9.

If you have a car, Jakked gym in montgomery is always fun for the strongman equipment.

Quads on the north side is a great facility with every bit of equipment ever made. Quads on the south side is very intense and has an Ed Coan, which makes up for not having hammer strength.


#11

Trained at Quads on the north side twice. A little cramped with the equipment, but some great stuff. Any gym that supplies you with chalk is A-OK in my book. Had a couple of great sessions and a really enjoyable time in the city.