5 Pro Tips for Finding the Best Powerlifting Gym in Alexandria VA

5 Pro Tips on finding a powerlifting Gym in Alexandria VA.  Powerlifting gyms, Olympic lifting gyms, and CrossFit gyms are different than joining a mainstream gym like Onelife Fitness or Gold’s Gym.  Most of these gyms don’t have an “open gym” membership, and those that do usually offer limited hours.  Here’s how you find the best powerlifting gym when travelling to a new city.

Tips on Finding the Best Powerlifting Gym in Alexandria VA

Tips on finding a powerlifting Gym in Alexandria VA

Gyms in Alexandria VA and other similar cities like Arlington, Fairfax, and really all of Northern Virginia try to optimize their Google search rank for just about every terms you can imagine.  Some gyms are better than others at this.  So while Google can be helpful with search phrases like:

  • Powerlifting Gym Alexandria VA
  • CrossFit Gym Northern Va
  • Olympic Lifting Gym Near Me

Often, you won’t find the best the gym on top.  Rather you’ll find the gym with the most optimized website on top.  Google can still help you though with their image search.

Tip #1 Use Image Search for Gyms in Alexandria VA

Rogue TRX Gym Alexandria VA Gym

Nearly all gyms in Northern Virginia are on Google and Yelp.  They all have reviews like the ones you see below.  You can view images of your new potential gym.  How a gym is laid out (especially for powerlifting, CrossFit, and Olympic lifting) will tell you a lot about the main services a gym offers.  How many squats racks do you see?  Do you see CrossFit gear like Olympic rings in the pictures, etc.

Also, look at where these pieces of equipment are in the gym.  Are they back corner of the gym?  Or are they upfront where members will use them.

Tip #2 Look at the Certifications that the Owners Have

SSG Gym Back Northern Virginia

Owners that are passionate about a type of fitness (such as Powerlifting) will have certifications in the type of fitness their gym offers.  In our Alexandria VA, we hire coaches with CrossFit, Powerlifting, and Olympic lifting certifications.  For Powerlifting: CrossFit Powerlifting, USA Powerlifting, and Starting Strength are ones to took for.  CrossFit: CrossFit Level III or IV are your premium certifications.  Olympic Lifting: Catalyst Athletics or USA Weight Lifting are your best ones.  Or if you are looking for mobility, Kinstretch, FRC, and Ready State are some of the premier Mobility Certifications.

Tip #3 Check The Gym’s Online Calendar for Open Gym or Class Times

A Powerlifting gym that offers Open Gym will have both Powerlifting Classes and Open Gym.  They may even offer a barbell club such as our gym in Alexandria VA.  Nearly all gyms in Alexandria Virginia utilize an online scheduling system like Zen Planner to allow you book and cancel reservations.  If you don’t see a Powerlifting Class or Open Gym service, it’s time to move on to your next local gym.

Tip #4 Clear Pricing for Open Gym, Barbell Club, and Classes

Gyms in Alexandria always put their best selling memberships first.  We sell more personal training than any other type of membership.  So we list that first on our prices page.  Second, Third, and Fourth are our classes, open gym, and barbell club memberships.  If the kind of membership you are looking isn’t popular (and therefore not on the top of the gym price list), then the gym won’t prioritize you as a member.

Barbell Club, Open Gym & Fitness Classes

Barbell Club
$15
Every 2 Weeks
Unlimited Barbell Club
Cancel Anytime
Open Gym
$35
Every 2 Weeks
Unlimited Open Gym
Cancel Anytime
Fitness Classes
$45
Every 2 Weeks
Unlimited Open Gym
Cancel Anytime

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Tip #5 Check The Gym’s WODS for Current Programming

Most gyms in Alexandria VA will feature a WODS page or listing of past / future workouts.  Our future workouts are available on workout of the day page.  Our workouts for July are featured in the table below.  A gym that can’t show you the past two weeks of programming they did, probably isn’t a gym that you want to join.  If they tell you their instructors have it, or they don’t keep track of it — keep looking for another gym.

DateWorkout Name Workout DescriptionExercises
7/23/2020Beyond Stretch: Shoulder CorrectivesThis beyond stretch session is all about strengthening your shoulders to protect you from injury. Well be doing corrective exercises to isolate small muscles in the shoulders to make them stronger.Muscle-Up
7/18/2020Strong: Bench Press 3x3Bench Press for load: #1: 3 reps #2: 3 reps #3: 3 repsBench Press
7/18/2020CrossFit Class: Lynne5 rounds for reps of• Benchpress bodyweight (max reps)• Pull-ups (max reps)Bench Press, Pull-up (Kipping)
7/18/2020CrossFit Class: Row 2000mRow 2000mRow
7/16/2020Strong Powerlifting Gym: Box Squat 5x5Box Squat for load: #1: 5 reps #2: 5 reps #3: 5 reps #4: 5 reps #5: 5 repsBox Squat
7/16/2020CrossFit Class: Annie50-40-30-20-10 reps for time of:• Double-Unders• Sit-ups* See Notes for Scaling OptionsJump Rope (Double Unders), Sit-up
7/16/2020Beyond StretchShoulders, Chest, and Back
7/15/2020Strong Powerlifting Gym: Leg TuckIncreasing Rep EMOM Round 1: 1 RepRound 2: 2 RepsRound 3: 3 Reps
7/15/2020CrossFit Class: RenegadeFor 18 Minutes:1:00 TRX Cycle Jumps1:00 Renegade Rows L1:00 TRX Hinge1:00 Renegade Rows RCount the number of the times you break form. Lowest score wins:Row
7/14/2020Strong Powerlifting Gym: Push Jerk 3x3Push Jerk for load: #1: 3 reps #2: 3 reps #3: 3 repsPush Jerk
7/14/2020CrossFit Class : Bosu Metcon14 Minutes: EMOM1:00 Bosu Saddle Jumps1:00 TRX Crunch to TRX PikeCount Total Reps completedBurpee Box Jump Over
7/13/2020Strong Powerlifting Gym: Snatch Balance 5x5Snatch Balance for load: #1: 5 reps #2: 5 reps #3: 5 reps #4: 5 reps #5: 5 repsSnatch Balance
7/13/2020CrossFit: Pauls Trifecta21-15-9 For TimeWall Balls 14 /10DB Thrusters 25/15BurpeesBurpee, Thruster, Wall Ball Shot
7/11/2020Strong Powerlifting Gym: Deadlift 5x5Deadlift for load: #1: 5 reps #2: 5 reps #3: 5 reps #4: 5 reps #5: 5 repsDeadlift
7/11/2020CrossFit12 Minute Time CapsRow 2K MetersAMREPS Med Ball Over the Shoulder Clean (40# Rx)Clean, Row
7/11/2020Row 2000mRow 2000mRow
7/9/2020Beyond StretchHips Quads Hamstrings Lower Back
7/8/2020CrossFit Class: HopeThree rounds of: Burpees, 75 pound Power snatch, Box jump, 75 pound Thruster, Chest to bar Pull-up.Burpee, Power Snatch, Box Jump, Thruster, Chest-to-Bar Pull-up
7/8/2020Gymnastics: Handstand Walk: Max DistanceHandstand Walk: Max Distanceor Optional Savasana
7/7/2020Bench Press 3x5Bench Press for load: #1: 5 reps #2: 5 reps #3: 5 repsBench Press
7/7/2020Bench Row6 Minutes to complete100 Reps Per SideBench Press, Row
7/7/2020Kettlebell SwingsFor Time100 Kettlebell Swings 53 /35Kettlebell Swing
7/6/2020Back Pause Squat 3x3Back Pause Squat for load: #1: 3 reps #2: 3 reps #3: 3 repsPause is for 5 secondsBack Squat
7/6/2020CrossFit ClassAs many rounds as possible (AMRAP) in 20 minutes: 15 BurpeesMax reps pull-ups.One point per pull-up -- pull-ups most be unbroken.Burpee, Pull-up (Kipping)
7/4/2020Strong Powerlifting Gym: Snatch Extension 5x5Snatch Extension for load: #1: 5 reps #2: 5 reps #3: 5 reps #4: 5 reps #5: 5 reps
7/4/2020Strong Powerlifting Gym: Snatch Pull 5x5Snatch Pull for load: #1: 5 reps #2: 5 reps #3: 5 reps #4: 5 reps #5: 5 repsSnatch Pull
7/4/2020CrossFit Class: Lynne5 rounds for reps of Benchpress bodyweight (max reps) Pull-ups (max reps)Bench Press, Pull-up (Kipping)
7/2/2020Beyond StretchMobility: Toes, Feet, Ankles, and Calves Balance TestFront and Back Scales Ankle CARSS shin CARS Toe CARS Big Toe Stretch with Block + Pails and Rails Lacrosse Ball Smash of all Feet Lacrosse Ball Smash of all Calves Lacrosse Ball Smash of all Shin Thai Goddess Stretch + Pails and Rails Inversion and Eversion Isometrics and Eng. Seated Crossleg HoldTiblias variation of Hero Pos eBand Assisted Single Toe Raise Hurdler Calf Pails and Rails Front and Back Scales Balance TestBack Scale
7/1/2020Strong Powerlifting Gym: Lunge Strength and MechanicsFor Reps 10 Minute EMOM- Rip Trainer lag Pole Lunge- Step Back RowRow, Walking Lunge
7/1/2020CrossFit Class: Rip Trainer Plyo LungeFor time 50 Left Rip Trainer Plyo Lunges 50 Right Rip Trainer Plyo LungesWalking Lunge
7/1/2020Strong Powerlifting Gym: Front Rack Lunges 5x5Front Rack Lunges for load: #1: 5 reps #2: 5 reps #3: 5 reps #4: 5 reps #5: 5 reps #6: 5 reps
7/1/2020Beyond StretchCouch Stretch Bow Pulling Pose Quad Roll
Powerlifting Workouts, Olympic Lifting, CrossFit, and Beyond Stretch

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