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Shangers
09-11-2008, 10:26 AM
Hi all,

Anyone here know of powerlifting gyms in Manhattan, or at least accessible by subway? I'm training in the gym in my apartment now and it sucks huge balls. There is 1 squat rack which is really wobbly and usually contains a skinny guy in a wifebeater doing curls in it.

I'd like to find a place that has boards for board pressing, bands, chains, and a GHR/reverse hyper.

Either that or I'm going to Crossfit(lol jk).

ehubbard
09-11-2008, 10:44 AM
I have heard to check out Asphalt Green and Edge Gym on the Upper East Side but I live in Queens so i never went by. I dont believe either place has a monolift and I am not sure on the other stuff. The only monolift I know of in the entire five boroughs is Coliseum Gym in Glendale Queens. I train there. We have chalk, boards, bands (although they need to be replaced), chains, specialty bars (Squat bar, SSB, GCB, cambered bar), GHR, Jump Stretch Platform, Olympic Plates, and a Reverse Hyper machine (not the one Louie sells). I may also bring in my sled and I may get an Econo Prowler as well.

PriestCometh
09-11-2008, 11:20 AM
I dont know how many of these are close to you. But, here is a list of powerlifting gyms in NY(that I know of)

Adirondack Barbell Lake George NY (Crawford, Smartest bencher I have ever met)
Albany Strength Albany NY
Aviator Sports and Recreation Brooklyn NY
Bare Fitness Middletown NY
Coliseum Gym Flushing NY
EDGE Gyms New York NY
Falls Fitness Factory Niagara Falls NY
Gold's Gym - Deer Park Edgewood NY
Hercules SYRACUSE NY
Iron Asylum Gym Tribes Hill NY (Sandi And Zane are good, funloving people)
Iron Island Gym Oceanside NY
Niagara Health and Fitness Center Lewiston NY
North Buffalo Fitness Center Buffalo NY
Pain Clinic Barbell Rochester NY
Powerhouse Gym - Yonkers Yonkers NY
Premier Fitness Nanuet NY
RIT Student Life Center Rochester NY
Rockell's Fitness Center Rochester NY
Shamrock Athletic Club Binghamton NY
The " Living Room " Brooklyn NY
The New Gym West Hempstead NY(Shawna is a sweetheart and very intense competitor)
Thee Iron Empire Bethpage NY
Totally Fit Bethpage NY
Ultimate Fitness Medford NY
Ultimate Fitness Riverhead NY

ehubbard
09-11-2008, 12:02 PM
Yes, The New Gym is great place to train as well, if you can make it out to LI. There are meets there once or twice a year. You should defintely try and compete in one of those.

Shangers
09-11-2008, 02:15 PM
Holy ****! Thanks ehubbard!

Edge Gym is literally 4 blocks from where I live in the Upper East Side. I'm gonna try to get out of my contract at my current gym and try to train there. That place looks amazing. Thanks again!

ehubbard
09-11-2008, 02:45 PM
My pleasure. Let me guess, you have to get out of a contract at New York Suck Club or Synergy?

Erik2003
09-12-2008, 07:42 AM
Hello:

I have been searching for the same answer, and you will not find any powerlifting gyms. NYC does NOT have a powerlifting community, a few lifters here and there but nothing to join. I lift in Brooklyn, and have done a meet.

You can try 19th Street Gym, probably the best (meaning most hard core) gym you will find in the City. They have two lifters there that have heard of WestSide barbell, but the owners and most of the customers are all BB'ers. They may be the most open to helping powerlifting.

Eastern Athletic Club in Tribeca has a power rack, but it is NOT a powerlifting gym.

One or two New York Sports Club gyms have powerracks but nobody in NY has a reverse hyper. I have been searching.

There is a power rack at at least one Crunch gym near 40th street. Saw a guy doning curls in it. Cannot understand why power racks attract people doing curls in them.

You will have to individually look at each gym.

Aviator's gym (far Brooklyn) started out very well but they closed 90% of the gym (and they have a reverse hyper, fat bars, etc.). It is a huge monsterous family facility. Problem is the location, but one could make a Saturday pilgamage there. Over all it WAS the best facility in New York for our type of lifting, as they had everything you could want, including chains, but they lost most of the equipment. The last time I went they still had a power rack, a half rack, chains, and a reverse hyper.


Like me you may have to stick to Goodmoringings and stiff leg deadlifts. I am trying to get the Eastern Athletic gym I go to get a power rack and other stuff, but the owners are hessitant.

You will find that gym owners in New York are only concerned about the common average person. New York City gyms are exercise and aerobic centers, and the owners have no knowledge or interest in lifting. True as I did the research, many of them do not even know what a power rack is, and this includes the person I talked to at 19th Street gym (and they have two pro-bodybuilders there). You would not even believe the strange lloks I get when I break out the bands for lifting. People are really unknowledgable here.

Maybe, if you know of enough powerlifters, we could all meet for Saturday lift session and to share ideas and build a New York team. This has been tried before but nobody to carryt it out. I would be willing to meet at the Tribecca branch of the Eastern Athletic Club. They have a Power Rack and the owner may be willing to let us reserve it. That is if I cannot convince them to move it to my Eastern Athletic Gym.

By the way I am starting to compete in the IPA and WNPF.

Good luck,
ERIK

Erik2003
09-12-2008, 07:48 AM
Sorry wanted to add one gym.

I know you asked about Manhattan, but to be fair, the best "powerlifting" gym in New York City area, is most likely Bev Francis' gym in Syossett. They have most of the equipment you need. I also hear they have quite a few heavy lifters. But they are in Syossett.

ehubbard
09-12-2008, 08:06 AM
Erik2003,

Those are some bold statements. Did you read my post? I just said that there is a powerlifting gym in Queens with just about everything you could need. Queens, if I am not mistaken, is a part of New York City.

Erik2003
09-14-2008, 07:12 PM
Ehubbard: Bold but true.

The question related to Manhattan and those areas accessable by subway (I assume at least 30 - 45 minutes subway ride to or from the gym). Not many people, in another borrough, will commute to a gym in Queens, or another borrough, therefore this requires the gym to be accessable by subway route. Sorry, but true. I lift in Brooklyn, near Grand Army Plaza, very accessable by subway, but I do not expect people from the City to come here. I have done my research and can defend what I say as I have searched this topic very well. One great gym for Olympic Lifting in Queens is Legionare's Hall. I would love to lift there and learn the lifts but do not find myself commuting back and forth.

Aviators Gym was the best I ever saw in Brooklyn or New York City, but you had to take a subway and then a bus, that suked. Now it sucks as they lost everything, and they had everything.

In order to learn powerlifting, I have searched every gym in NY City, not Bronx, not Queens and feel I can say there are no powerlifting gyms in NYC.

Hell, I even pull a sled on the sidewalk.

Thanks and respecto to all...

Chris Rodgers
09-14-2008, 07:27 PM
I know it's not ideal, but many people travel much further distances to train with a good team and people who know what they are doing. Even if it is just 1-2 days per week, it will help prepare you for powerlifting comps better than trying it alone. When we trained @ Iron Island we had guys who came to train who lived all the way in Eastern Long Island(1 1/2 hour drive) and someone who used to come from Staten Island(who takes bridges to go to the gym?). If it's something you are serious about, you sometimes have to make sacrifices.


We train in Eastern Long Island and have a monolift, bands, chains, etc. If you are ever vacationing out east in the Hamptons give us a call, lol.

cphafner
09-14-2008, 07:34 PM
Sorry wanted to add one gym.

I know you asked about Manhattan, but to be fair, the best "powerlifting" gym in New York City area, is most likely Bev Francis' gym in Syossett. They have most of the equipment you need. I also hear they have quite a few heavy lifters. But they are in Syossett.

I used to train there about 3 years ago, and I wouldn't classify it as a powerlifting gym. It is heavily into the bber type, but nothing like what the thread starter was looking for.

Erik2003
09-14-2008, 08:47 PM
The best aspect of this thread is that it gets the New Yorkers to speak out. Every New York gym I have seen provides for general fitness, cardio specialists and citydwellers, and not specialists like powerlifting....

jbrin0tk
09-14-2008, 09:44 PM
I know it's not ideal, but many people travel much further distances to train with a good team and people who know what they are doing. Even if it is just 1-2 days per week, it will help prepare you for powerlifting comps better than trying it alone. When we trained @ Iron Island we had guys who came to train who lived all the way in Eastern Long Island(1 1/2 hour drive) and someone who used to come from Staten Island(who takes bridges to go to the gym?). If it's something you are serious about, you sometimes have to make sacrifices.


We train in Eastern Long Island and have a monolift, bands, chains, etc. If you are ever vacationing out east in the Hamptons give us a call, lol.




+1. I know little about NYC, as I've only been there once, but sometimes you have to make sacrifices if you really want something badly enough. There was a thread here in the PL'ing forum not too long ago about how far (distance or time) someone will go to train with a good group or team. There were some pretty amazing responses with regards to how far some people have traveled or do travel.

ehubbard
09-15-2008, 06:25 AM
I have had training partners that come from the Upper West Side four times a week to go to the ONLY powerlifting gym in New York City. There are no PL gyms in Manhattan or within 30 minutes or so by subway, so you are correct as far as I can tell. You can make it from midtown to Coliseum in about an hour on the subway if you catch all the trains. You are welcome to come train with me on Saturday and Sunday's around 10AM. Usually they will give you a free week pass.

no regrets
09-17-2008, 08:15 PM
I know it's not ideal, but many people travel much further distances to train with a good team and people who know what they are doing. Even if it is just 1-2 days per week, it will help prepare you for powerlifting comps better than trying it alone. When we trained @ Iron Island we had guys who came to train who lived all the way in Eastern Long Island(1 1/2 hour drive) and someone who used to come from Staten Island(who takes bridges to go to the gym?). If it's something you are serious about, you sometimes have to make sacrifices.


We train in Eastern Long Island and have a monolift, bands, chains, etc. If you are ever vacationing out east in the Hamptons give us a call, lol.

Just out of curiosity, whereabouts out east do you train? I live in Nassau but I go to school off exit 62 on the LIE. Has Iron Island been taken over by new management or are they still considered a powerlifter friendly gym? I'm starting to get into powerlifting myself and I was curious if there were gyms on the island.

Chris Rodgers
09-17-2008, 10:17 PM
Just out of curiosity, whereabouts out east do you train? I live in Nassau but I go to school off exit 62 on the LIE. Has Iron Island been taken over by new management or are they still considered a powerlifter friendly gym? I'm starting to get into powerlifting myself and I was curious if there were gyms on the island.


We train out in Mastic. It is south of Sunrise off of William Floyd Parkway. I am not sure about the atmosphere @ IRon Island these days with the new owners, but I know it isn't what it used to be.

Lones Green
09-18-2008, 03:18 AM
+1. I know little about NYC, as I've only been there once, but sometimes you have to make sacrifices if you really want something badly enough. There was a thread here in the PL'ing forum not too long ago about how far (distance or time) someone will go to train with a good group or team. There were some pretty amazing responses with regards to how far some people have traveled or do travel.

exactly. i commute 3 hours. if you dont want it as bad as i do, so be it.

no regrets
09-18-2008, 06:29 PM
We train out in Mastic. It is south of Sunrise off of William Floyd Parkway. I am not sure about the atmosphere @ IRon Island these days with the new owners, but I know it isn't what it used to be.

Thanks for the reply Chris. I didn't think there were many powerlifter-friendly gyms on the island unfortunately.

Lil Mendy
09-18-2008, 06:46 PM
Thanks for the reply Chris. I didn't think there were many powerlifter-friendly gyms on the island unfortunately.


My gym is only 25min from Manhattan by train! If anyone ever wants to come and train we have everything you need! Just send me an email :)

Shawna Mendelson
shawna4@optonline.net
www.thenewgym.net

no regrets
09-24-2008, 10:24 AM
My gym is only 25min from Manhattan by train! If anyone ever wants to come and train we have everything you need! Just send me an email :)

Shawna Mendelson
shawna4@optonline.net
www.thenewgym.net

Hey Shawna, I checked out your website and I'm actually only a town away from you. What are your hours? Any chance I can stop in sometime and check out the place?

SirConquer
07-26-2009, 09:20 PM
This thread is a bit old, but I found it by googling "brooklyn powerlifting", so hopefully others will too... anyhow, me and a couple of buddies are trying to find brooklynites/newyorkers interested in powerlifting competition to put together a training group of like-minded (as far as strength goals) and INTENSE animals to help each other's lifts go through the roof. This isn't necessarily tied to a particular gym, but more of an attempt to build a Powerlifting community here in NYC, locations can be varied. We currently train at NYSC Cobble Hill, we (not the gym) have chains, bands, boxes, boards (1-5), weight releasers (soon), blast straps, ropes, dragging sled, creative mind to improvise alternatives, and more importantly - INTENSITY.

There's a page on Meetup.com named BrooklynPowerlifting, that I can't post a link to, since WANNABEBIG won't allow me on my first post. Also a Facebook group by the same name.

Not ready yet, but in the next couple of months BrooklynPowerlifting.org shall also be up.