This community is home to national level Olympic weight lifters, Crossfit champions, and, well, me…
If you’re looking for a community to work out with, to encourage and be encouraged, and to journey with as you work towards your fitness goals, this is the p(a)lace. See what I did there…?!
Co-owners Richard and Patrick and their amazing team have managed to turn what can be an intimidating environment, into the most welcoming and supportive independent gym I’ve ever encountered.
Dynasty Gym caters to many people but there is a definite emphasis on building strength and lifting heavy. Girls don’t turn off at this stage – lifting doesn’t = bulk!
The most popular classes are the Crossfit and Olympic weight lifting sessions. The gym’s members are often off competing in a weightlifting or Crossfit competition, so if lifting is your bag this is a great gym to be part of.
If you’re new to Crossfit and want to try it out, you will be required to do an introductory course before joining a class. This is to ensure your safety and to give you some one-on-one coaching as you learn some technical lifts.
The class that I often attend and absolutely love is their Fully Loaded class. This challenging session is similar to circuit training and includes a variety of HIIT, cardio and lifting. It’s open to all levels as you can take it at your own pace – you’ll be amazed how quickly you improve.
Dynasty also offers personal training.
Dynasty is a big open space and with its gold dragons and red decor, has the feel of a Chinese martial arts club.
The gym is fitted out with all the equipment you can imagine you’ll need: barbells, dumbells, kettlebells, squat racks, olympic rings…you name it they have it. If you’re looking for something to get your heart rate up and you’re not a fan of the burpee, they also have rowing machines on hand.
The facilities include showers, towels and toiletries as well as an area to leave your belongings.
Difficulty: The emphasis here is on progression so come as you are, whatever level of fitness, and the instructors will help you work towards your goals.
Price: $25 drop in for the Crossfit or Olympic weight lifting classes or $20 for everything else. They also offer a 1 week free trial.
Location: 1449 Hornby Street
Booking: Click here to register and book a class directly on the Dynasty Gym website
Tip: If you’re feeling like a bit of protein after you session, head to the Body Energy Store on Davie to pic up a tasty snack or shake.