View Full Version : How do you find a good powerlifting coach?

Eric Cartman
12-25-2010, 01:04 PM
I want to learn to lift heavy weights the right way, with good form and technique. Injury prevention is key here.. I want to work on the bench, squat, deadlift, power clean, and shoulder press, and also rows..

I put the following into google:

personal trainer
powerlifting coach
weightlifting coach
bodybuilding coach


plus the name of my local city...

I found virtually nothing of any help...

What do you suggest I do?

12-25-2010, 01:38 PM
Where do you live?

Eric Cartman
12-25-2010, 01:55 PM
Where do you live?


12-25-2010, 02:21 PM
Call these gyms

B & W Gym Chicago IL

Belleville Weightlifting Club Belleville IL

Bronco Steel Barrington IL

Central Illinois Weightlifting Gym Peoria IL

Deadlift Den Moline IL

Dog Pound Gym Posen IL

Flex Gym Chicago IL

Frantz Gym Aurora IL

Gold's Gym - Aurora Aurora IL

H & B Fitness Centralia IL

Jakked Hardcore Gym Montgomery IL

Lance's Gym Chicago IL

Leaning Tower YMCA Niles IL

Midwest Iron Quincy IL IL

Monster Garage Gym Gurnee IL

Phenomenal Fitness Chicago IL

Progressive Sports Performance Northbrook IL

Quads Gym (North Side) Chicago IL

Quads Gym (South Side) Calumet City IL

Quality Classic Park Forrest IL

Rock Hard Gym Chicago IL

Roesch's Gym Springfield IL

Route 29 Fitness Athens IL

Rudy's Gym Shorewood IL

S&M Fitness Harrisburg IL

Serious Steel Chatham IL

Serious Steel Gym Chatham IL

Son Light Power Gym Tuscola IL

Steele Barbell Belleville IL

The Lock-up Gym Taylorville IL

USA Gym Bridgeview IL

World Gym - Joliet Joliet IL

Zenzen Barbell Dekalb IL

12-25-2010, 02:52 PM
That looks like the list from powerlifting watch. Chicago has a lot of great gyms.

Eric Cartman
12-25-2010, 03:57 PM

12-25-2010, 10:34 PM
Dick Zenzen of Zenzen Barbell is a great guy and extremely knowledgable. He has a long pedigree of World records and World Championships. If you're close enough, he'd be great to train under. Good luck!

12-25-2010, 10:47 PM

where in chicago? Lincoln Park? Downtown Loop? Hyde Park? Suburb?

12-26-2010, 12:22 PM
Depending on how far you want to drive...... Ed Coan trains at the south side quads ( or at least he will again after he rehabs his new hip) not really sure on that one.

Eric Marosher has a really nice gym up on the north side by Gurnee. He's a great guy and has a good team up there.

Ernie Frantz has a solid team out in Aurora, we train Wed at 5, and Sat at 9am. Ernie is usually very cool with new lifters, and the guy is a legend in the sport.

Dick Zenzen has a good team out in DeKalb, Dick is a good coach and there are some strong guys out there too.

The Powercorps at Jakked Gym are a good group of guys, Jakked gym is a great facility too. I do all of my strongman stuff out there.

Eric Stone has a team in Bollingbrook that trains on Sundays I think. Check chicagopowerlifting.com if you have any questions about Stone's team.

I might have left one or two out, but these are the bigger, more established teams within an hour drive ( or so)...... I know for sure that Jakked and Frantz are really cool about new lifters coming out to train, and I'd assume that most of the others are cool as well. Just call ahead to find out when they train.