5 years ago Lost Battalion Hall was probably the only place in NYC set up for Olympic Weightlifting in New York City.
In 2011 [and 2012, and 2013, 2014], there’re at least 4 gyms that either specialize in Olympic Weightlifting or have the equipment for it, like bumper plates, a platform, squat stands, chalk, no overly zealous “don’t drop the weight” requirements.
Here’re the NYC gyms:
- Manhattan Weightlifting Club, 2014. From Jon Mollah:
I wanted to bring to everyone’s attention a new club we just started up as of November 2013, a great location to weightlift in the Chelsea area (Complete Body gym on 19th street) – we are calling it Manhattan Weightlifting http://manhattanweightlifting.com/
The gym management has been thoroughly supportive… we have put in 2 8×8 Olympic platforms, complete with 2 full sets of Eleiko bumper plates, Eleiko competition bars + a few other bearing bars, and an Ironmind Vulcan squat rack. You can use chalk, drop the weights from overhead, and lift any time the gym is open.
Just keep in mind we are trying to keep a club atmosphere, not run a commercial business (sorry, we can’t do day passes or short-term pricing at this time). We are looking for dedicated, long term members with a positive attitude, but aside from that you are free to lift with our core group or do your own thing. See the website for more info about pricing, hours, etc.
- South Brooklyn Weightlifting Club
Specializes in Olympic Weightlifting, Strong Man & Powerlifting. 4 platforms, a cage, at least 5 squat racks, benches, Glute/Ham machine, a punching bag, bumper plates, technique plates, numerous olympic bars, a strongman bar like this one, etc. The gym offers changing booths & a bathroom. They offer drop-in rates, punch cards & monthly rates. They’re located 3 blocks from the Union St subway station on the R train. SBWC offers Open Lifting sessions, classes & private training. Check their site for the latest schedule & directions.
- UPDATE , 09.10.2012: 36 St & Madison Avenue has bumper plates. 1 pair of each: 45 lbs, 25 lbs, 10lbs from Perform Better.
- UPDATE , 08.02.2012: Belt Parkway location of NYSC apparently has bumper plates as well. See Mashka’s comment below.
- UPDATE , 08.02.2012: Bay Ridge location of New York Sports Clubs has bumper plates as of a few weeks ago. This location has 1 set of each: 10 lbs, 25 lbs, 45 lbs. There is 1 Squat Rack and 1 Cage. No platforms, naturally. NOTE: It’s on the 2nd floor above a Duane Reade. The room is huge. The ceiling is high enough to take up 2 floors. So be warned, dropping a loaded bar (even just 60kg/135 lbs) on the floor here is likely to echo through out the entire square block radius. If the management or neighbors or other members with sway start to complain, this could make the bumpers useless for what they’re intended for.
- UPDATE , 04.17.2012: SOHO NYSC has bumper plates now too. A buddy of mine tells me they’re almost never in use since most people have no idea what they’re for. This location has 1 set of each: 10 lbs, 25 lbs, 45 lbs. There are 2 Squat Racks and 1 Cage. Here’re some photos:
- UPDATE , 02.02.2012: Brooklyn Heights location for New York Sports Clubs is rumored to have 1 pair of real 45lb bumper plates. Haven’t had a chance to take photos yet. UPDATE , 04.04.2012: They have 1 pair of 45lb bumpers, but they’re kept in the office and you have to ask for them. Why? Because some stupid kids who had no idea what those plates were for managed to brake the first pair.
- UPDATE , 01.23.2012: I recently heard a rumor that NYSC Irving Place has bumper plates starting from 10 lbs (real bumpers, not the hexagonal plates NYSC usually has).
Had a chance to confirm, here they are, top floor, New York Sports Club @ 10 Irving Place:
UPDATE , 08.02.2012: So far, the Fitness Managers at this place seem aware of what Olympic Weightlifting is and some of the noise that accompanies practice in this sport. A buddy who’s doing Starting Strength also told me there’re a number of people doing heavy (for a non-specialist gym) deadlifts at this location, 315lbs and up, and they drop the bar without any complaints.
Most people seem to be more curious about what it is I’m doing than anything else because they’d never seen it. A few say things like “I could never do Powerlifting. I wasn’t built for that.”
I’ve been here quite a few times now and the only time anyone complained it was another member. It was an amusing incident – he was busy doing quarter squats (yep) with something like 3 plates on each side as I set up for a Squat Clean tripple. At the end of my triple I did a clean, stood up and a few seconds later dropped the bar. The guy flipped out and yelled: “dude, this wasn’t set up to be a Powerlifting station!” I told him, I’m rehabbing a wrist injury so, I physically couldn’t not drop the bar. Then I said that the club’s fitness manager was just here and he didn’t have a problem with what i was doing. Consequently, I offered to wait to do my sets in between his sets. He simply stopped talking to me and ignored me from then on. That was the end of that.
Crossfit South Brooklyn
Offers Olympic Weightlifting platform rentals for $12/hour or $10/hr if you buy a 10 session card.UPDATE , 09.13.2011: CSB no longer offers platform rentals to the general public (with rare exceptions). Reportedly due to liability issues arising from certain folks coming in and trying to Snatch and C&J weights they’re not ready to handle, scaring the coaches half to death.
- Crossfit Virtuosity (
Brooklyn Barbell Club)
Crossfit gym in Williamsburg that also offers instruction and practice space for Olympic Weightlifting, Powerlifting.
- Lost Battalion Hall Weightlifting
A city gym in a neighborhood called Rego Park in Queens, NY. “You’ll need a membership with the City of New York Parks & Recreation rec centers ($100-$150/year, $25/year for seniors, free for youths), and the weightlifting program requires a $50 program fee/year. It’s the best training value in the city.”
Pure Fitness (Citifitness Health Club)
UPDATE, 11.19.2012: See Jack’s comment below. A small, easy to miss store front on 14 St. bet. 2nd & 3rd Ave in Manhattan. According to StrongTimes.com, they have 1 platform & an Eleiko bar. Their website markets the place to regular “health club/gym” folks, not specialists.
- Velocity Sports Performance, NYC
Located in Manhattan. From the photos on their site it looks like they have at least 2 platforms, bumpers.
Outside of Brooklyn & Queens Long Island’s counties are not technically part of the NYC, but if you have a car or time to travel on the LIRR you can get to Garden City, NY and train here:
- Professional Athletic Performance Center
Olympic Weightlifting platforms, Reverse Hyper machine, etc. These guys offer serious training as well as physical therapy. Their Physical Therapy practice is the official PT provider for the NY Islanders NHL team.