Our Training Philosophy

Our goal is to make you look, feel, and perform at your best, no matter who you are and what your fitness level may be. While most gyms focus on the lifts, we focus on the body itself. We think of the body, in some ways, like a web: the strength of whole web depends on the smaller connections within it. We believe the best way to strengthen the body is a holistic, systematic approach.

Our training philosophy is based on the Westside Conjugate system, developed by strength-training legend Louie Simmons. The Conjugate system builds strength by putting emphasis on staple exercises that give maximum results, like the squat, deadlift, and benchpress, but also constantly varying these exercises to address the weaknesses of smaller muscle systems. The body quickly adapts to strength-training. Our system is designed to outmaneuver that adaptation so that we are always making progress, while at the same time preventing injuries, overtraining, and boredom. At The Gym, we want to help you train smart!


What A Day At The Gym Looks Like

Max Effort: Lower Body
Max Effort: Upper Body
Dynamic Effort: Lower Body
Dynamic Effort: Upper Body

Our Trainers

Justin Tooley

Certifications: Westside Barbell Certified since 2012, NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist, Westside Barbell Special Strength & Conditioning Certified Professional Powerlifter, Kettlebell Concept CertifiedCrossfit Movement & Mobility

Experience: Virginia Basketball Academy Director of Strength & Conditioning – www.playvaba.org – 12 years experience personal & group training at ACAC Fitness & Wellness CenterCompeted in Bodybuilding, Powerlifting, and Strongman EventsRecipient of “CVille Weekly”‘s Best Trainer Award ’07 and ’12, Runner-up ’08 and ’16, Instructor for Crossfit Powerlifting Certification at Westside Barbell, Columbus, Ohio

Joe Cady

Certifications: Bachelors Degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise Science from JMU, Westside Barbell Certified, FMS Level 1 Certified

Experience: 5 years experience as a Strength and Conditioning Coach at The Gym

Eltonia Zeller

Certifications: MA, QMHP, BAT, CPR/First Aid Certified, Certified in Stages of Development, Cit Instructor, Certified in Safety Care, Certified in Behavior Modification.

Experience: 20 years of work with at-risk youth, families and special needs children/adults. 8 years of experience in the field of fitness.

Today’s Classes

  • 6:00 am - Coed Dynamic Effort: Lower Body
  • 9:00 am - Ladies' Dynamic Effort: Lower Body
  • 10:00 am - Men's Dynamic Effort: Upper Body
  • 5:00 pm - Ladies' Dynamic Effort: Lower Body
  • 6:00 pm - Men's Dynamic Effort: Lower Body

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Cardio for the Community

We're kicking off 2016 with our Cardio for the Community Program! Everyone, members and non-members, are invited to come for an hour of high intensity cardio, every Saturday, starting at 8 a.m.


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