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Training in Columbus, Ohio


#1

Where do you guys train in Columbus? For a city that has the strongest gym in the world(Westside) and hosts "The Arnold," I can only seem to find shitty commercial gyms. I guess I'm not going to find a "Hardcore" gym in the phone book. But does anyone have any suggestions? I train at home right now, but I am exploring my options as I will be moving soon to a smaller place. Any help? Thanks.


#2

I would recommend going to elitefts.com and posting the question to the Q&A. Those guys train at Westside and live in the 'bus and can probably make some great recommendations.


#3

Call over to Westside and see what Louie has to say.
Most of the hardcore gyms are underground garage gyms. My gym is a key club also, but unfortunately we're packed or I'd give you the spot. Are you looking for a P.L. gym or BBing?


#4

I posted on EliteFTS.com a few days ago. I am not nessasarly looking specifically for a Powerlifting or Bodybuilding gym. As I am neither specifically a powerlifter or bodybuilder and am not currently training for any competetion. I would like to eventually try a powerlifting competion to see if its something I would like to pursue in the future. I am just not strong enough yet and am too over fat.

However, becoming the biggest strongest MoFo I can be is definitly my main goal either way. Anyway, I just want a gym where I can box squat and deadlift with chalk without catching any shit. Thanks guys.


#5

Tell that to Louie and he'll say, "If you want to get stronger sign up for a meet and train for it." You're never too weak to go to a meet, and if you always say that you'll "never be strong enough" to do it.

Call up Louie and say you want to train at Westside. You'll be a big, strong MoFo in no time, if you can hack it there.


#6

What part of Columbus do you live in?

The World Gym off of Worthington Woods is pretty good. Quite a few serious lifters there. That is where I work out during the week.

They have pretty much everything you would need. They even have a reverse hyper. They do need to get a good GHR though. It is not the typical fitness center type gym.


#7

I hear what your saying. Thanks. I think westside would be awesome..but not yet.

Dr. Ryan, I actually live in a suburb just east of Columbus. But I work in Dublin, so Worthington would be perfect. I will definitly check it out. Thanks


#8

The powershack on Cooper Rd. in Westerville isn't bad. They even have a container of chalk for anyone to use. I have yet to have a problem doing deads, cleans or snatches.


#9

Also try "The Gym" off Waterworks Rd. in Newark/Heath. Key card access (no supervision if late, but open 24/7 because of the card), loud rock music, Reverse Hyper, and two power racks. It's beat up, but awesome that way. I went there when I was up visiting family in Newark, and I had some of the best workouts of my life. Met a couple of the big boys from Westside training there, though that's not a "Westside" gym. Small, dingy, loud, and beautiful.

Dr. Ryan,

I had no idea you were up there. That's awesome. I should have gone to Worthington to check out that gym too. I can't wait until I get out of college and make money so I can find a job out where there are some real gyms. I really like Ohio, I might end up there. Being in a Kansas unviversity gym sucks...


#10

From Dublin, just exit 23 going toward Delaware and turn right at the light by Campus View (probably 1/4 to 1/2 mile from the 270/23 interchange) then you just go straight for a couple miles and once you pass Sancus, it is only a few blocks. On the right side along with a bunch of office/warehouse space. It's only like 34 bucks a month and that allows you to use all 7 or 8 World Gyms in Columbus.

Take care,

Ryan


#11

cool thread. I live in Dublin and train at the local rec center there. Its got nothing spectacular, 1 squat rack (makes my life hell), and all the other basic junk you find in commercial gyms these days. But at $16 a month, I ain't complaining seeing as I am a low-paid college grad and all. I am however moving out of Dublin at the end of summer, and since I work just south of downtown (S. high) I'll be looking for a new gym eventually.

On a side note, are there any groups of strongman enthusiasts in the cbus? I am wanting to try some tire flips and other stuff over the summer when its nice out, would be nice to have some experienced guys to show me the ropes a little.


#12

I'd be down to try some strongman training as well. Anyone?


#13

I know exactly where youre talking about. Thanks again Doc.


#14

Yeah I would agree, World Gym in Worthington is probably the best. Plenty of free weight equipment, and last time I was there, it doesn't seem to get too crowded. Although with the new year's resolution crowd, that may have changed temporarily.

There are a handful of well-known bodybuilders, powerlifters, and fitness competitors that Ive seen there on a regular basis. Not that it makes a big difference, but it's kinda cool.

The World Gym in Hilliard is a little newer - might be worth considering depending on what part of town you live in.

However, I must admit that I currently go to Lifestyle Family Fitness (formerly California Fitness) - far from hardcore, but I'm paying only $9/month, and their locations are better for me. Gets the job done, good variety of equipment - they just need more squat racks!


#15

Id be interested. I almost thought about buying a big tire last summer, but my yard isn't suited too well for tire flipping.


#16

Actually, there is one more light after Sancus, it is Worthington Galena Rd. The gym is just a couple blocks past that light. I was just there tonight. Oh yea, and if you end up going there and hear or see reference to a Dr. Ryan they are referring to Dave Ryan, D.C., he is a good guy as well. I'm Ryan Smith, D.C and just go by Dr. Ryan on T-Nation. I think Columbus, OH is probably the only place this could get confusing. Maybe I should change my screen name.


#17

Sweet. I am graduating from OSU and am looking for a new gym as well :slightly_smiling:


#18

gonna bump this thread because I moved close to downtown Columbus (Victorian Village) and need to find a new gym. There's a lifestyle's in the downtown area but that one is quite expensive, anyone know of a good gym in the whole Short North /Grandview or German Village areas?