Gyms with weightlifting facilities in Calgary

Skip the cardio – let’s pump some iron. Whether you prefer to do your weight training alone, with a group or with a side of stretching, there’s a city gym for you. Crush your excuses, and build your bod at one of Calgary’s notable weight-lifting gyms.

Canada Olympic Park

88 Canada Olympic Rd SW, Calgary, AB T3B 5R5

WinSport Performance Training Centre in Canada Olympic Park offers professional-level weight training equipment at reasonable member prices. Equipment such as squat racks, bars and plate-loaded machines by Eleiko and Hammer Strength are the same brands you’ll find in NBA, NHL, NFL and MLB weight rooms. Compressor machines, a full-sized running track and a circuit floor set this gym apart from the competition. Yearly, monthly and drop-in memberships let visitors train at their own pace. Personal training sessions and Olympic weight-lifting programs are also available.

Peak Power Sport Development

1301 16 Ave NW, Calgary, AB T2M 0L4

Weightlifting has never been so easy (to learn). Located on the SAIT Polytechnic campus, Peak Power’s trainers want to teach you how to lift “safely, effectively and efficiently.” This training center integrates gold-standard performance testing into its members’ training programs. The massive facility houses an Olympic weightlifting area along with spin bikes, a swimming pool, group training areas and an athletic therapy centre. The facility’s professional weightlifting equipment and trainers are open to the public.

Smash Conditioning

123-2950 Hochwald Ave SW, Calgary, AB T3E 7H5

Self-described as a no-frills fitness-training facility that stresses community and hard work, Smash Conditioning is dedicated to providing a simple space for simple, determined workouts. Trainers are available for those new to weightlifting or looking to improve their form. Many of this gym’s athletes compete in weightlifting competitions.

Urban Athlete Fitness Studio

480 14 St NW, Calgary, AB T2N 1Z7

A low membership fee grants visitors access to this sparkling facility and its weightlifting equipment as well as cardio machines and group fitness classes. Not sure where to start? All of Urban Athlete’s instructors are certified to teach basic Olympic weightlifting. Book a few sessions, then test out the weights on your own. Feeling a bit stiff after an especially intense session? Yoga classes are covered by your membership fee.

Strive Fitness and Athletics

Calgary, AB T2P 2G8

Home of the United Barbell, Alberta’s power lifting club, Strive Fitness offers the latest equipment for intense muscle growth including bars, bells, racks and plates. The use of strongman-style chains, bands, ropes and sleds is also available to members. Heavy lifters are invited to join United Barbell to participate in scheduled group training times. What better way to meet fellow lifters?

Heavens Fitness

637 11 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0E1

With plenty of machines and free weights to choose from, Heavens Fitness is a great spot to add to your weightlifting map. Newbies can choose from a variety of introductory group classes to build muscle and get a feel for the gym floor. This gym also offers personal training and personalized programs including nutrition guidance as well as in-gym coaching. Memberships are reasonably priced, and regular promotions let members save more. Heavens Fitness also provides short-term childcare while you work out.


180-7556 Falconridge Blvd NE, Calgary, AB T3J 0C9

Calgary’s multiple YMCA locations all offer accessible weight rooms for new lifters to get started. However, YMCA isn’t considered a specialty weightlifting gym, so newbies won’t be overwhelmed. As a full-functioning wellness centre, the YMCA also offers many benefits depending on the location: kids camps, daycare and group classes are available with access to gymnasiums, swimming pools and cardio equipment.

Talisman Centre

2225 MacLeod Trail SE, Calgary, AB T2G 5B6

With a tagline like “Train, Compete, Play,” you can expect some serious weight training at Calgary’s Talisman Centre. “Crush your excuses” and meet your lifting goals with their sport-performance weights and training space. Talisman also offers multiple full-size gyms, tracks, cardio machines, Olympic-size pools, Olympic-calibre dive tank, hot tub, steam room – the list goes on. If you’re hungry after pumping major iron, find your way to either Good Earth or Jugo Juice, both located inside the facility. You’ll never want to leave the gym!

Anytime Fitness

1222 1 Street SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0V4

As its name suggests, Anytime Fitness lets you lift weights literally whenever you like. All Calgary locations are equipped with free weights, racks and plate-loaded machines. New members are offered one free one-on-one training session, so those new to weightlifting can get a feel for proper technique. All facilities also provide member-only tanning services – it’s a one-stop shop to get beach-ready. Membership grants you access to all locations across the country.

World Health

4344 MacLeod Trail SW, Calgary, AB T2G 0A4

World Health Calgary is the perfect place to learn proper weightlifting techniques in a low-key setting. Their multiple facilities even offer specialty barbell-lifting classes that focus on mobility and correcting common imbalances. Test out a Calgary location for free with a seven-day complimentary trial membership.

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