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After Lots Of Planning - I finally Did it...

BJJMark95BJJMark95 Posts: 2,027
edited February 10 in Health Forum
Hey guys. So most of you who know me know that I have taken a shift into strength training and powerlifting. Regretably I do this a bit more than BJJ now (SHAME! SHAME! SHAME!) but its because of goals. I have set some huge goals for myself this year for powerlfing that I really think I can achieve.

In the mean time - most people on here may not know - but my girl and I (who is also a powerlifter) have been doing so much research and planning over the coarse of the last year and we finally took the plunge. I signed our lease, and we are officially in the process of opening up a Powerlifting and Barbell-Based Strength training facility here in Houston!

There are very few places that cater to powerlifting here in Houston - and most if not all are private training places. Our's is a different approach - we will have all the nicest, highest quality equipment to strength train - but maintain an open gym format similar to that of your big commercial gyms (that all suck and usually only have 1 squat rack that someone is ALWAYS curling on). 

We decided to start it because after looking around - we hated the commercial gym setting we have been in for 2+ years, all the private training gyms are fine but they are very expensive and you have 1 hour sessions with a trainer, and then there are the plethora of crossfit boxes which are all rigid class structures and INSANELY expensive. 

We wanted to be different and I have to tell you - our facility is amazing. We have been hard at work to get it ready and have made a diamond out of the crap hole space it once was. We will have multiple squat racks, benches, DL platforms, accessory machines, little to no cardio machines (maybe a few air bikes), outdoor conditiong space (both covered and open) and well have some strongman stuff too. 

I am hoping to one day cater to helping to strength train BJJ and MMA athletes - which is an area I think most slack on. But I also want to bring the family like, bjj lifestyle and culture to the strength training world.

So please - if you are ever in our area - come check us out! We hope to be officially open next month. But go check us out on FB and Instagram. 



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And yes... I will sneak in my two roll out mats in there too in case you come thru :thumbsup:

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  • Congratulations. I'm down in Lake Jackson so the north side of Houston is a bit of a drive, but I'll share this with my friends and help get the word out. Good luck. 
  • Congratulations and good luck!
  • bma_matbma_mat Posts: 11,964
    sweet!

    I wanna see pictures with all the barbells, chalk, and sweat! (did i mention all the 45 plates?)
  • Nice, I love strength training too...you're down in Texas too. I know it's a big state, but if you happen to run into Mark Rippetoe down there, say what's up to him.

    Good luck with it!
  • BJJMark95BJJMark95 Posts: 2,027
    Rippetoe is in Whichita Falls. But I actually used to strength train with Andy Baker who is another Starting Strength coach over on the NE side of Houston in Kingwood.

    Thanks guys! Its been crazy and we have been hell a busy - but its starting to come along. 

    Here is a current updated picture with everything we have gotten in so far. Still waiting on more equipment!


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  • That's some weight room porn right there. I wish there were more gyms like this around me!
  • bma_matbma_mat Posts: 11,964
    Wow... I want to smell the place?
  • BJJMark95BJJMark95 Posts: 2,027
    Hahahah it smells fresh and clean - unless the people next door are using their kitchen - then it may smell a bit like fried food in the corner - but I just consider it motivation as in that little nook corner is where we are going to put our little bit of cardio equipment. 

    I'm going to call it "Hell" - It will have like 2-3 air dyne bikes, a tread mil, and a rower. So when people come in and ask wehre the cardio stuff is - I can say "Go to Hell"... "No really just follow the signs for it..."

    We are still waiting on all of our normal Olympic Iron plates to get here - we will have a good amount of those and those will be in standard lbs. However - we couldn't be a true powerlifitng gym for competitors without a full on approved IPF set up - which includes IPF calibrated KG plates (~2000 lbs as shown), IPF approved calibrated weight collars, IPF approved power bar, and an IPF combo rack that will be arriving in a few weeks. 


    My favorite machine so far is in the back though and you cannot see it on these - its a Z Hyper... and for BJJ guys this is like the penicale of weight equipment. It helps with lower back and posterior chain development - ALL while decompressing the lower spine. Its AMAZING. Joe Rogan is really big on them - they were invented by Louis Simmons from West Side. 

    And ofcourse we have some bumper plates too for them DLs and OLY lifts 
    :thumbsup:


    OH and did I mention we have an outdoor area too? With a 50'x17' open patch AND a 25'x25' COVERED patch which we are going to be putting strong man gear in... 
    8)
  • Tyharris14Tyharris14 Posts: 3,418
    Yeah I've heard of those Mark, it looks cool, good job man
  • bma_matbma_mat Posts: 11,964
    I'm so jealous. I've never found a gym with reverse hypers... Ever. I've always wanted to train with one
  • BJJMark95BJJMark95 Posts: 2,027
    I have been using it since we pulled it off the truck and its amazing. Combine it with the GHB and its a great stretch/work out for your back. 
  • bma_matbma_mat Posts: 11,964
    BJJMark95 said:

    I have been using it since we pulled it off the truck and its amazing. Combine it with the GHB and its a great stretch/work out for your back. 

    What part of im jealous didn't you understand??  :)
  • BJJMark95BJJMark95 Posts: 2,027
    edited February 13
    bma_mat said:

    BJJMark95 said:

    I have been using it since we pulled it off the truck and its amazing. Combine it with the GHB and its a great stretch/work out for your back. 

    What part of im jealous didn't you understand??  :)
    The part where I forgot to mention anytime youre in town youre welcome to come on by  :thumbsup: Houston is a hub airport and we are 30 min drive from the airport. So maybe next time you fly that 4-5 hour layover doesn't look so bad in Houston
  • bma_matbma_mat Posts: 11,964
    edited February 13
    Thx man.  If I'm ever in that part of the world, I'll definitely stop by (although, I'd  love to visit the legendary Ripp  as well).

    Edit:  Although I'm sure Ripp would tell me to drink some milk...  I'm sitting at 210 lbs, which is probably the weight of a female at my height of 6'3 (in Ripp's world).
  • BJJMark95BJJMark95 Posts: 2,027
    hahahahaha I wouldn't know - I have never personally met him. 

    However - one of his first starting strength coaches - Andy Baker - who co-authored Practical Programming for strength training is here in Houston and I actually did my strength and conditioning with him for my last full competition season back in 2011. He's awesome. 


  • bma_matbma_mat Posts: 11,964
    That's awesome. I was 265 at my heaviest. Even had a 4 pack when flexing. I was huge but getting no attention from the women. My face gets chubby at that bodyfat level.

    Though my knees would hurt sprinting at 265, couldn't do it. 210 I can run my heart out.
  • BJJMark95BJJMark95 Posts: 2,027
    edited February 17
    Here's some bar porn for you...


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  • bma_matbma_mat Posts: 11,964
    <3
  • JoyJoy Posts: 478
    BJJMark95 said:

    hahahahaha I wouldn't know - I have never personally met him. 


    However - one of his first starting strength coaches - Andy Baker - who co-authored Practical Programming for strength training is here in Houston and I actually did my strength and conditioning with him for my last full competition season back in 2011. He's awesome. 


    Want to come visit!!
  • BJJMark95BJJMark95 Posts: 2,027
    Whenever you happen to be passing through Houston - you guys are always welcome! Maybe I'll even have a JJF discount code done up hahahahah
    Thanked by 1Joy
  • scifigalscifigal Posts: 1,941
    Love love love Mark Rippetoe. He cracks me up.
  • bma_matbma_mat Posts: 11,964
    scifigal said:

    Love love love Mark Rippetoe. He cracks me up.

    I'd enjoy having a beer with you!
  • nathan barleynathan barley Posts: 1,714
    That looks like a really nice gym. Good luck!
  • BJJMark95BJJMark95 Posts: 2,027
    Thanks guys - we are putting in a lot of effort right now in the beginning. The goal was to build a place that sells itself. Basically if you enjoy lifting either casually OR to be competitive in either Powerlifting or other strength sports - then we would be the premier gym in Houston to do so. There are a few other gyms in the greater Houston area that are similar to us - but none of them are on our level in terms of overall quality and feel is what our goal was. 

    Hopefully we will meet our goal!
  • bma_matbma_mat Posts: 11,964
    edited February 20
    You mind asking a rough estimate of the cost of all the equipment (not rent, etc, just equipment itself)?
  • BJJMark95BJJMark95 Posts: 2,027
    edited February 20
    Some of it we have leased (with a buyout basically a finance), and the rest of it we have bought... I would say overall equipment only right now we are somewhere in the $25K range. The best equipment is expensive...  #:-S

    But to be honest its not the equipment - its all the little things that add up that are annoying. 

    We knew going into it we had 2 options - either find cheap equipment we can make do with and then attempt to sell the gym on us and our training to people and then upgrade later - OR - spend the money upfront and the time and effort to make the place as you can see - and have the gym sell itself. We are confident that once you step into our place and get a training session in - you will never look at another gym (commercial or otherwise) the same - because you will know what it SHOULD be. 
  • EricEric Posts: 873
    Beautiful facility! I am very happy & proud of both you and your girlfriend, best wishes for success!
  • BJJMark95BJJMark95 Posts: 2,027
    Thank you sir! We are doing our best! 
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