T Nation

Gyms In DC Area


#1

Does anyone know of some good powerlifting/oly lifting, strongman gyms in arlington, or the bethesda area. just wondering what you guys have come up with, i know of quite a few gyms in the area, but most are gold's, bally's and a few other shall i say non hardcore gyms.


#2

Bro, only up near Baltimore Dunbarton I think it is, is there even a glimpse of a real gym...if you find anything let me know, Ive looked around and found nothing, thank God I coach...I cant stand the gyms around here, and over break was forced to train at Golds due to renovations in our gym...if i get a house, a backyard gym might be the only way to go in DC, this area is full of candy a## liberal softies...

There is only one gym on a website I saw that came up in DC, where some guy does do sandbag, and HIT type Hammer training...looked interesting, Naturalstrength.com or something, might be worth checking into...


#3

ya ive seen that site, but thats for personal training, which i'm not interested in.
a good gym = another one of the many things this area is lacking


#4

What's the matter? Crossfit DC's not hard core enough for you?

This is Russ by the way.


#5

hey russ, hahaha, it's actually quite a pain for me to get down there, i was just seeing if there was a place that might be more covenient, see you in a couple weeks.


#6

where is Crossfit DC? and the kicker, how much does it cost to train? especially if you could only come once a week if that due to scheduling? Just to mix up the training a bit....

Gags, if I get a house soon (trying to buy with sister), Im going to see if I can get an old rack/platform from GU...if my sister doesnt kill me Ill put it in the backyard and we can get after it while BBQing some red meat on the spot haha


#7

Crossfitdc - this says where it is

Right now we're meeting every Sunday at 10 AM, with plans to expand from there to a Tuesday workout. We've only been going for a few months so everything is just in a developing stage, but the gym we're using has an olympic weightlifting set, a rower, a rope to climb, and we bring our gymnastics rings and kettlebells sometimes. Come on down!


#8

Yea I found the website last night after posting (should have googled before asking you!).

Is there some sort of membership cost? Or is it a pay by workout basis? Im a poor (literally) cop barely getting by, and about to make a huge house purchase with a sister of mine to be even more broke ha...and I train for free at G-town since I coach there...but Id love the chance to get more conditioning type workouts in from time to time, have some SWAT competitons coming up this year and also re-quals with all the running stuff. I also saw that you did Muay Thai etc? You teaching that stuff there?

Thanks


#9

BCJ, I just sent you a PM.


#10

bro, that would be awesome, ive still got a keg, can easily grab some more, and a couple kbells


#11

cool, Ill be moving in March...maybe we can round up some t-cell events in a park in North Arlington where I live. If I get a platform it will be sweet. If not I have Xvest, med balls, and probably some DBs we can use for working up a sweat, and also a thai kicking shield, focus mits, and gloves. Id love to play with kegs and kettleballs as I havent done much of that stuff before.


#12

Gags- Thanks for gettin me the job...I love it and it gives me even more reason to work at getting bigger/stronger...

The offer to train at my gym still stands. I mean, it's not exactly hard core, but if you want to come and workout sometime I'm sure we could make it work.

Also, Phil gave me about 200lbs worth of weights and a keg and my brother built a sweet box. I've also got a sledge and a sandbag so we could definitly do some decent T-Cells.

DD


#13

hey DD, ya, no prob we'll talk about that later(job), ohh when are you working again?

ya we're def gonna have to get together for somet-cells, i think between what phil donated and what the rest of us have, we can get some good stuff going. i would actually like to do some stuff maybe sundays, a lil later in the day then the t-cell usually meets(should work well if you're working sat nights).

lemme know if you're interested.


#14

I'm interested.


#15

I haven't really been here long, but I haven't found a gym outside of the school I'm at. They have a brand new gym with a D-Bag of a strength coach who thinks he's grand master of the universe. Thank god he's training his athletes the right way. If anyone finds something let me know!! I can only watch these guys do all bicep routines on O-lifting platforms for so long.


#16

i would love to find a decent gym in the arlington or cap hill area. right now i am working golds in rosslyn which isnt awful but could certainly use some editions. Let me know if anyone gets this going as I would certainly be interested


#17

I should say, the golds gym in rosslyn, while not super actually has a fair assortment of kettle bells, 2 power racks, a bunch of solid benches, bent bar and if you dont go right at 5:30 its actually pretty quite. I have never had to weight for equipment. Its also not new so it has more of a hardcore feel than any of the other big time gyms i have been to in the area like the toher golds or WSC etc


#18

Fitness First in Tysons Corner has a bunch of good equipment.

They have, a reverse hyper machine, DB's up to 150lbs, a few 3 inch fat bars, a texas power bar, a trap bar, safety squat bar, and a few other cool toys.


#19

Fitness first is decent. but let me put in a plug for olympus gym in seven corners, where i train. probably one of the better all around gyms inside the beltway. almost every piece of equipment you need. GHR, rev. hyper, bumper plates, power rack, 3 half racks. dumbells up to 140. allows chalk. most of the people who work there are competitive amateur bodybuilders and one guy is an a comptetitive olympic weightlifter. nice mix of powerlifters/bodybuilders and the casual fitness crowd. not over the top hardcore yet not to corporate either. I train at 3 different gyms in the area, and this is by far the place i feel most comfortable at. come check it out.


#20

I hear olympus gym is great, but a pain to get to. I didn't know that have bumber plates.