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Your Perfect Hardcore Gym?

I am getting closer to opening my gym. I have a website now. www.aahcgym.com The site is under construction, I am building it myself so give me a break. Just want to know what your idea of the perfect gym would be.

I would have stuff like bands, chains, oly platforms, bumper plates, rings (maybe) prowlers, sleds, those sweet squat cages that westside barbell uses, and yeah.

My gym frickin sucks.

One with plenty of equipment and no crappy music. as long as i don’t have to wait for a rack or bench to free up, and there is adequate equipment, not much else matters.
And as the music goes, I hate wearing my ipod, but justin timberlake just kills my intensity.

lots of racks
a few oly platforms
benches that go in the racks, a few competition benches for those that are picky
GHR
reverse hyper
Cable station
Dumbbells up to 150+, as much as your stongest customer
Pull up bar

^a place like that would be heaven.

[quote]evansmi wrote:
One with plenty of equipment and no crappy music. as long as i don’t have to wait for a rack or bench to free up, and there is adequate equipment, not much else matters.
And as the music goes, I hate wearing my ipod, but justin timberlake just kills my intensity.

lots of racks
a few oly platforms
benches that go in the racks, a few competition benches for those that are picky
GHR
reverse hyper
Cable station
Dumbbells up to 150+, as much as your stongest customer
Pull up bar

^a place like that would be heaven.[/quote]

I guess my gym is heaven then.

[quote]SeanT wrote:
evansmi wrote:
One with plenty of equipment and no crappy music. as long as i don’t have to wait for a rack or bench to free up, and there is adequate equipment, not much else matters.
And as the music goes, I hate wearing my ipod, but justin timberlake just kills my intensity.

lots of racks
a few oly platforms
benches that go in the racks, a few competition benches for those that are picky
GHR
reverse hyper
Cable station
Dumbbells up to 150+, as much as your stongest customer
Pull up bar

^a place like that would be heaven.

I guess my gym is heaven then.

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where is it?

you’re not whoring it out if someone asks first :wink:

A room full of rock boulders, a 50 foot ramp, a sled, and a pub.

I’ll gladly whore out the gym I go to:

Owned and operated by winner of best lifter of the Raw Unity Meet and best lifter at USPF Nationals, Ryan Celli.

Monolift
3 cages
2 deadlift platforms
2 squat stands (Frantz and Forza)
2 competition benches + 2 normal benches
2 deadlift platforms
Kettlebells from 8-35kgs
Chains & bands
GHR
Reverse Hyper
Rolling Thunder + other grip tools
Slosh pipe, sandbag, keg, stone
and most importantly, people who are there to lift

http://www.cellisfitness.com

Squat racks
Deadlifting platforms
Music that does not make my penis shrink
Allow me to repeat…
Music that does not make my penis shrink

[quote]DanErickson wrote:
Squat racks
Deadlifting platforms
Music that does not make my penis shrink
Allow me to repeat…
Music that does not make my penis shrink[/quote]

we have some fat woman who doesn’t excercise and talks on the phone with her friends when she’s working at our weightroom. She plays the worst music ever. I might try to get her fired LOL.

You just don’t chit chat on the phone when you’re working.

This is the perfect gym.
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My Ideal Gym would have:

-Some seating. The Gym Mike Ruggiera lifts at has some Dumbbell Benches welded together to make a bench for sitting, putting stuff on, knee wrapping, etc.
-Concept II Rowers.
-No Televisions
-Good Lifting Music
-Deadlift Jack
-Lots of Bumper Plates
-Deadlift/Olympic Lift Platform
-Monolift
-Sweet Power Racks w/ good chinning bars
-EliteFTS Bench Power Rack
-Dumbbells up to 300 (Just to be Hardcore)
-Reverse Hyper Ultra and Multiple GHRs
-Different Bars, Boards, Chains, and Bands
-A Sorinex Dumbbell Bench
-A Back Attack Machine
-Some Hammer Strength Machines (Upper Body only)
-Some Strongman Equipment and a Prowler
-A Record Board
-A Belt Squat Machine
-An Adjustable Plyo Box
-Adjustable Squat Box
-Parallel Dip Bars that are sturdy and independent from any other piece of equipment.
-Gymnastics rings
-A Rope
-A Speed Bag
-A Heavy Bag

This would all fit inside an indoor 200m track that could be used for sled work, yolk carries, walking lunges, sprints, broad jumps, whatever.

Sorry if this has been mentioned, but don’t forget the specialty bars. Safety Squat, Cambered, etc.

one where the phrase “hard core” is never uttered, but fits that definition.

And there should be a Massive American Flag on one of the walls.

And there should be a sign on the wall you face out of the Monolift that says something like “Don’t Be a Fucking Pussy Today”

Some extra room in between equipment.

Good ventilation. No treadmills or tvs.

My ideal gym exists already in Mtn View, CA and it’s called Flex-It. It has two O-lifting platforms, two bench press stations, one shoulder press bench, one leg press, one low cable row, one lat pulldown, a wall of DBs, and all the benches one needs. They do not advertise and it’s the size of a nice walk-in closet so it keeps most people OUT!

It’s the perfect place for serious lifter only. The owner is a strength coach for Stanford’s football team and his wife owns the lumber yard next door so they don’t need to make a million bucks off it to survive. I highly recommend it to anyone in the Sunnyvale/Mountain View/Palo Alto area. 8)

[quote]zephead4747 wrote:
DanErickson wrote:
Squat racks
Deadlifting platforms
Music that does not make my penis shrink
Allow me to repeat…
Music that does not make my penis shrink

we have some fat woman who doesn’t excercise and talks on the phone with her friends when she’s working at our weightroom. She plays the worst music ever. I might try to get her fired LOL.

You just don’t chit chat on the phone when you’re working.[/quote]

The manger at my gym does this exact same thing to. She sits there talking on the phone and has the gayest of the gay music playing all day long until her shift is over.

[quote]evansmi wrote:
SeanT wrote:
evansmi wrote:
One with plenty of equipment and no crappy music. as long as i don’t have to wait for a rack or bench to free up, and there is adequate equipment, not much else matters.
And as the music goes, I hate wearing my ipod, but justin timberlake just kills my intensity.

lots of racks
a few oly platforms
benches that go in the racks, a few competition benches for those that are picky
GHR
reverse hyper
Cable station
Dumbbells up to 150+, as much as your stongest customer
Pull up bar

^a place like that would be heaven.

I guess my gym is heaven then.

where is it?

you’re not whoring it out if someone asks first ;)[/quote]

American Iron Gym. Sparks/Reno, Nevada.

1 Mono Lift
3 Power Cages (all with pullup bars)
1 Squat Rack
2 Squat Side Racks (I don’t know the real name, its basically 2 stands on the side with adjustable heights.)
1 Power Squat ( Lets you get the motion down for squats, with proper form )
2 Box Squat Boxes
2 Smith Racks
3 Professional Competition Bench CB3
1 Power Bench Rack
1 Decline Bench Press ( all are “stations” not just a chair or w/e)
2 Incline bench press ( " " )
1 Military press bench ( " " )
2 Oly platform with bumper plates
1 kettlebell station with quite a large amount of kettlebells.

Chains
Lots of bands
Dumbbells up to 150
Loads of free benchs/incline/decline/seated/etc.
2 Chalk Bowls - Chalk Allowed!!
Dip Bars
Loads of plates- too many to count
Econo Prowler
2 Regular sleds
1 Super sled(can hold twice the weight)
Tires for flipping
Strongman Rock stands(take the rock and put on the shelf…I do not know the exact name).
Lots of weight machines(Flex Machines)
Cardio center - Also includes speed bag and heavy bag
Pulley Center and Pull bars and such.

27.50 a month by cash, 25 if by credit card; no contract, no initiation fees.

Also Chad Aichs goes there, he has a 2733 total. Third highest in the world. Very nice and helpful guy.

I win…

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They also have:

Cambered Squat Bar
Saftey Squat Bar
Log Press

and a few other things which I do not use often.

[quote]FightingScott wrote:
And there should be a Massive American Flag on one of the walls.

And there should be a sign on the wall you face out of the Monolift that says something like “Don’t Be a Fucking Pussy Today”[/quote]

If you don’t mind I am going to use that.

Do not worry. NO PUSSY ASS MUSIC!!!

Most of you are too obsessed with the idea of looking hardcore.

What honestly makes a gym “hardcore”? The members. Not the equipment. It doesn’t matter if you have a tall burly man with a leather mask wielding a Morning Star; as long as the demographic of your gym includes frat kids and middle-aged women in spandex doing Yoga… you have failed.