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Old 02-12-2010, 01:13 PM
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Anyone know of a gym in/around Raleigh that is more of an "old-school" weightlifting type of gym rather than a "health club"? I'm looking for a place that has multiple squat racks (not Smith machines or Max Racks), plenty of Olympic bars and plates, a rubberized floor, and dip/hyperextension stations. I've been to a variety of national chain franchises, many of the local/regional places, and a couple of different Y's, but nothing seems to fit "just right" yet. Nothing against all the extra amenities or the folks who like and use them, but I don't need childcare, won't use the classes or most of the machines, and can't justify paying $5 for a protein shake I can make at home. Basically, I'm just looking for my old high school weight room

Thanks for your feedback!
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Old 05-24-2010, 06:22 PM
Location: Durham, NC
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I'd be interested in finding someplace like this as well if anyone has any suggestions (Durham/Chapel Hill if possible, but pretty much any location could do). I want to find a gym that allows Olympic style lifts and the use of chalk (both of which are typically forbidden at most health clubs/franchises).
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Old 05-25-2010, 09:24 AM
Location: SW Durham, NC (27713)
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Lightbulb Cross Fit Durham

I do not know anything about this place, but it might be work a look:

CrossFit Durham, North Carolina. CrossFit WODs, Olympic Weightlifting, Endurance, Kettlebells, Bootcamps
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Old 05-27-2010, 06:17 PM
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Look into Powerhouse at the western end of Davie Street near downtown Raleigh.

Edit -- on second thought, I'm not sure it's on Davie. Could be Martin or Harget. Should be easy to find using Google . . .
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Old 05-28-2010, 09:14 AM
Location: Atlanta
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Twenty years ago, there was a bodybuilding convention or contest or something held in the Triangle. I drove the shuttle for the North Raleigh Hilton, and I transported contestants to and from a Gold's Gym up off Durant or Honeycutt Rd in North Raleigh.

This was definitely an old-school facility back then. Not sure about know however
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Old 07-15-2011, 06:59 PM
Location: Clemson South Carolina
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resurrecting this from the dead...

I generally stay away from crossfit gyms. Not bashing on crossfit...They always have legit equipment, chalk, etc, but if you don't train crossfit then you have no reason to join a crossfit gym IMO since they make you conform to their workouts.

I am moving to raleigh this fall and will lift twice a week with these guys:
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Old 07-15-2011, 09:57 PM
Location: Wilmington soon to be Holly Springs
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Powerhouse is a good one and RTP fitness (in Durham) is also powerlifter/body builder friendly.
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