Sep 18, 2016


This will be a series of articles about my travels to different gyms across the country.

I will rate them based on a number of factors, some of which are:


  • Customer service
  • Quality of equipment
  • Cleanliness, etc.


At the end of each article I will give a simple “Train” or “Pain” as in, pain in the ass to train in.


Let’s get started.


The first gym on my travels was Dan Campos Fitness located at 4926 Pearson Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19114 on a dead end in a small industrial park with trains running behind the parking lot from time to time. The trains would normally be a distraction for average people, but we’re not average people. The sound of the steel wheels running over the metal tracks fits perfect with the familiar and satisfying sound of hundreds of pounds of iron clanging together and slamming on a rubber floor as you pull into the parking lot.

At this point I’m eager to get in there and train after sitting on my ass for 2 hrs driving. As I walk in the open garage door, I am welcomed with a smile and told to make myself at home. The first thing I notice is the incredible artwork on the walls. This place looks like a giant comic book brought to life. Every wall has a larger than life super hero on it and the 235 pound child in me is looking around with his mouth open and loves every second of it.

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After staring at the walls like the fat kid in Willy Wonka for longer than I would like to admit, I finally started to get to work.

The gym is a warehouse gym set up for boot camp classes but don’t let that fool you. This place has a ton of iron, specialty bars, cages, racks, ER rack, Kilo plates, and even a ton of strongman equipment. There is pretty much every toy you could imagine. I was told the owner (Dan) constantly adds anything he feels will benefit the members of the gym.

When I saw all of the toys I don’t normally get to play with, I had to fight back my girlish grin because I still had to lift and if you know me, you know I’m not quiet. I train angry and like to let it all out on the weights. I’ve been kicked out of “hardcore “gyms before. So I was ready to put this ones rep to the test.

This days training was reverse band bench and I was going up to a heavy single.

I won’t bore you with my whole routine because that’s not what this article is about.

Long story short, I yelled, slammed weights, banged my head against the rack and I wasn’t the craziest one there. That’s a first.

Not one person looked at me strange because we were all there for the same reason. In fact I was being cheered on. Whenever a person was going for a heavy set, everyone stopped to cheer them on. It was quite a sight to see. Ten to fifteen people stopping what they were doing to cheer this one person on is definitely a great support system.  It’s been a long time since I’ve trained in that kind of environment because I’ve trained alone for so long and it’s something I didn’t know I missed until that moment.

Training took longer than normal but that’s because I didn’t know where everything was. After I was done training, I stayed to help and chat with some of the newer lifters, giving back to the sport as much as I could while I was there.  I had a great time and will definitely go back. Too bad it’s 2 hrs away.


Dan Campos Fitness gets a rating of TRAIN.


Not sure where I will end up next.

Until then, remember, THE ONLY THING STOPPING YOU IS YOU!!!



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