” Like the bodies it builds, Brickhouse Gym just keeps getting bigger.
And now, according to this week’s Your Winnipeg poll, it’s the best gym in the city.
Paul Taylor started the gym six years ago on Corydon, but has since grown to two bigger locations, at 425 Century St. and 418 Gertrude Ave.
“We decided to close the Corydon gym and open an Osborne facility that was like five times the size, a full fitness facility instead of a boutique personal training studio,” Taylor said. “Century was double the size of the Corydon gym, but Gertrude is about five times bigger. So just a natural progression.”
One-on-one training is still the backbone of Brickhouse, though.
“A lot of places don’t do bonafide one-on-one training,” Taylor said. “There’s a lot of group classes and boot camps out there — which we also do — but we stay true to our personal training.”
Another new innovation: 24-hour access.
“We try to cover all different ideas of how people want to train, if they want to train on their own, they want to train with a trainer, they want to train with a group.”
The summer camps can attract up to 20-30 people, both female-only and co-ed.
It’s pretty hardcore, Taylor says — in that they focus on working with body weight, not machines.
“It’s just more functional, more natural. If you ever find yourself in a real-life situation … it’s not going to be in this structured plane of movement you can’t deviate from. You need to adapt to the weights, just like you’d adjust to real life.”
Just ask client Dirk Hoeppner, who’s tripled in strength in 22 months of training.
“I couldn’t do a chin up at all, and now I can do a bunch of chin-ups,” said Hoeppner, who can deadlift 335 lbs., well over double his weight.
And the first class is free, Taylor says.
“If you come here, you’ll get hooked.”