Back Alley Barbell
We can humble brag that we have an excellent and supportive community. The space is very collaborative as our athletes are happy to share knowledge with one another, as well as our gen-pop members, about their sport. People here are happy to give tips when asked, and also help you out if you need a spot. Our space is a judgment free zone. If you want to workout with headphones in, getting into that intense and focused mindset- that’s great. If you want to come in and have a more social, chatty time- that’s also excellent. The community facilitates both so you don’t have to feel any obligation or pressure.
Equipment you need
We’ve got you covered. At Back Alley we have the right equipment for competitive training and a space where you can chalk up, be loud, and drop heavy.
Some of the equipment we have:
Calibrated Metal Plates
Calibrated Urethane Plates
4 heavyweight platforms
GHD, Reverse hyper, Cable Machine
Rower, Bike, Sled
See something missing? Let us know! We get new equipment all the time.
We want to facilitate the space for athletes as much as possible. Sure we have all the equipment you’re going to need, but we also have in-house teams you can join for either Oly or PL if you’re looking for that sense of athletic community. Our Olympic lifters and Powerlifters train alongside one another and encourage each other when going for heavy lifts or new PRs. We run bi-annual Mock Comps here, not only to encourage our gen-pop members to participate in something new, but to have a space where our athletes can have fun and a goal to work towards. We really enjoy highlighting our athletes via social media & live-streaming the professional competitions they are participating in.
Finally, you can always sign up for membership here at the gym. The membership is a monthly charge and you won't be locked into a yearly contract. Membership gets you Key Fob access to the gym space 24hrs every day of the week, including Holidays. We are an open-hours gym because we understand that everyone’s lives are different, busy, and demanding. We want you to be able to get to the gym and get your workout in whenever you can.
When are we busy?
Everyone has different availability and different comfort levels when it comes to working out around others. Though peak times will fluctuate, we have a general sense of how busy the gym is throughout the day.Come ask us for details, but peak times can usually mean between 6-12 people in the gym.
Where do I start!?
If you're unsure what next steps would be best for you, feel free to come by for a tour to check out the space and chat with Lizzie, our Gym Manager.
Do you have calibrated plates?
Yes! Both calibrated plates for Powerlifting and for Olympic Weightlifting.
Do you have a combo rack?
We have tons of racks you can work in, but we also have a Powerlifting combo rack for squats and bench.
Can I videotape myself?
Of course! We’ve got three camera stands just for that. Heads-up though that, despite their best efforts, people may walk in front.
Can I bring in equipment?
Yes, please do! Just know that if it’s a large piece of equipment, staff will have to approve it first.
Do you have clubs/Teams?
Yup! We’ve got a Powerlifting & Olympic Weightlifting club. If you’d like to start your own club, just reach out to us so we can collab.
Do you run in-house competitions?
Absolutely! It's important to work towards a goal. Official competitions can be intimidating so we run bi-annual Mock Comps as a way to encourage members & non-members to get into the competitive scene in a comfortable environment.
What’s the deal with memberships?
Alright, let us give you the spiel. Membership is a month-to-month expense. You’re not locked into a contract and can cancel your membership or put it on pause at anytime without being charged a fee. All we ask is 10 days notice of the change in advance of your next invoice. We are an open hours gym and as a member you get a Key Fob that gives you access to the gym space from 4am - 11pm, everyday of the week including holidays.