If you are both a gym and road warrior, you know the disappointing feeling of checking into a hotel and checking out what their on-site fitness center looks like. 99% of the time, it is a small, sad room with little equipment. Finding a serious training facility is not always easy since hardcore or old-school gyms are niche businesses typically independently owned that do not have large on-line visibility in on-line directories. Working out in a “fitness center” is tiring when having to avoiding the Snapchat crowd live-feeding their quarter rep squats and the oxygen deprivation-wearing “Bane” wannabes.
So, here is a running list of gym rat-approved gyms I have found while traveling or sent to me by fellow powerlifters and bodybuilders. Running a gym is a tough business, especially an old school one. Let us support these independent owners where we can. If you see a gym missing that meets the criteria of being friendly to serious lifters, please message me (Instagram: @thejackedtraveler, Twitter: @tweet_chip).