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Gym with heavy free weights near Staefa?

Hello All,

I am moving from Chicago next month and would like to start to pinpoint a gym I can go to.

I have competed in powerlifting/strongman in the past and still like to lift heavy weights to stay strong. The type of gym I am looking for would have large amounts of heavy free weights for bench pressing, squatting etc. and possibly dumbbells that would be 46kg and higher. I know this might be a tall order but does anyone know of a gym like this near Staefa? Any answers would be much appreciated.

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Re: Gym with heavy free weights near Staefa?

Try fitzone (I go there). Its down the road from Staefa (about 8 minutes max by car) and has everything. BUT I am no weight lifter but they do have free weights (a separate room full of them). The guys on reception speak English so give them a call and you can get a free day pass where they show you round. Plus make sure when you finally get here to get the gym (whichever one you end up joining) to write you a "receipt" of your membership. Send this to your health insurance company as you should get a refund/contribution as you are actively doing something to help a healthy lifestyle!

Good luck, btw the gym has great views over the lake!

www.fitzone.ch
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Re: Gym with heavy free weights near Staefa?

Wow thanks for the great answer and tip about the health insurance too!!!
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Re: Gym with heavy free weights near Staefa?

Does anyone else have any suggestions as far as gyms go?

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Re: Gym with heavy free weights near Staefa?

www.workout-fitness.ch
this place had proper weights, machines with weights and the owner speaks English.
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Re: Gym with heavy free weights near Staefa?

You *are* asking a lot, I'm afraid. I'm a CrossFit guy, live in Erlenbach, used to work in Stäfa - and I spent a long time looking for a place in the area with free weights and (even more outlandishly!) bumper plates. I talked to guys at a number of the fitness centers around, and didn't make much progress. (Had any number of fitness center employees tell me that what I wanted to do was terribly out-of-date and dangerous - but they would show me how to use special machines that would make everything better ... )

I ended up buying my own stuff and setting up a little workout room in my basement with a bench and a homemade squat rack. Which I'd be happy to invite you to - only I don't lift your kind of weight! (I can load my old, cheap bar up to a max of about 170 Kg, and I only have about 110 Kg for my new OLY bar - though I mean to buy more weights for it. Not sure how much I could pile onto my dumbells - I've had 35 Kg. Away from home at the moment.)

I believe there is a power lifting club down in Zürich - though I don't know exactly where. There is also a brand new CrossFit place right a cross from the Sihl City with plenty of free weights, squat racks, power racks, etc. - but I don't know if you're interested in the CrossFit mix of disciplines. Great guys there, at any rate, and definitely some people who can power lift. Lots of English speakers. If you are interested, here's the website: www.crossfitzuerich.ch
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Re: Gym with heavy free weights near Staefa?

I can second MikeGray that Crossfit in Zurich is great. Definitely worth looking into if you've never tried it.

Also there is migros fitnesspark if you are looking for a more traditional gym. They have 5 different locations around Zurich.

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Re: Gym with heavy free weights near Staefa?

Dumbells? DUMBELLS? DUMBELLS?!?

Everyone knows that here in Switzerland, we use a different kind of bells for our weight-lifting.

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