Gyms for serious lifters who don’t want to fight the crowds to get a proper workout.
1. Quads Gym
Muscular Development Magazine voted Quads Gym one of the Top 10 Gyms in America. If you are looking for a real gym, not a spa with dumbbells, welcome home.
3727 North Broadway
Chicago, IL 60657
2. Fitness Formula Clubs
It is Fitness Formula Clubs’ mission to deliver outstanding results & enhance lives by improving overall health and well-being. In 1984 founder Gale Landers brought his dream to life, since FFC has continued to operate as Chicagoland’s largest privately owned reciprocal usage provider of health, fitness & wellness facilities.
Multiple locations in the Chicago area.
3. USA Gym
USA Gym is the home of Chuck Sanow, IFBB Pro & NPC Illinois Chairman. Recognized as one of the best Hardcore Gyms in North America.
7621 West 100th Place, Unit B
Bridgeview, IL 60455
4. Lance’s Gym
For over a decade Lance’s gym has taken an unconventional approach to health & fitness. If you have tired of the health club scene, Lances Gym is the place for you to reach your fitness goals. Whether you are just getting started, or getting ready for the championship in your chosen sport.
1200 West 35th Street
Chicago, IL, 60609
5. Sayer Park Weightlifting Club
Sayre Park Weightlifting Club is Chicago’s oldest weightlifting gym & geared towards perfecting Olympic lifts. Dedicate yourself in this spartan gym outfitted with platforms, bumpers & high quality barbells. You can trust their pedigree as this gym has produced numerous champions.
6871 W Belden Ave
Chicago, IL 60707
6. Diamond Barbells
Diamond Barbells is dedicated to women who are lifters. They specialize in strength & powerlifting in Chicago.
30 E Adams St
Chicago, Illinois 60603
7. Phenomenal Fitness
Phenomenal Fitness personal training use the Phenomenal Pillars of Physical Development. These are the essential components of physical fitnss & wellness; stability, strength, mobility & resilience.
1450 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605
8. The Barbell Compound
The Barbell Compound is a family & a business rolled into one. They want to bring back what is lost in commercial gyms. An atmosphere where you can talk to each other, relate to each other & learn from one another.
Their members include professional powerlifters, bodybuilders, athletes & anyone else that just wants to be stronger.
6325 N Avondale
Chicago, IL 60631
9. Barbell Central
A professional training center, Team Lilliebridge Powerlifting, Division One Sports Training & Kristin Miceli women’s physique programs. Everyone is welcome.
300 N. Highland Ave.
Aurora, IL. 60506
A true hardcore gym that has been in business for 17 years. Several competitive powerlifters. Competition bench, jack stands, chains, boards & bands.
5441 Harlem Rd.
Rockford, IL 61111
Phone 815 636-1777
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