by Thom Van Vleck
The last weekend of August the three JWC Members, Josh Hettinger, Mitch Ridout and myself made the trip over to Galesburg, Illinois where my brother, Tedd, had just bought a new house due to a work transfer. He had a beautiful, huge garage and wanted me to work my magic and set him up with the home gym for the hardcore lifter and that’s exactly what I did. I felt like an interior designer for hardcore lifters!
For the platform we have two layers of 3/4 CDX board with a top layer designed for two lifting platforms side by side with plywood in the middle of each and heavy duty rubber for where the bar will land. There is a power rack that used to belong to Zach Schluender, a top Olympic style lifter who has snatched around 375 and Clean & Jerked around 440lbs as a superheavy. There are squat racks that once rested in the Old JWC gym that just about everyone that’s ever lifted for the JWC has used, made from old truck wheels and axles for uprights. He has a steel log for strongman training, two full Olympic sets, adjustable squat stands, a bench that once belonged to Russ Murphy that adjusts to several angles and is heavy duty, and an assortment of other equipment. I even made him a metal sign with the JWC logo on it. I should start a new business in hardcore gym design…I’m sure there’s a huge market for that out there! Not only is Tedd’s gym ready for a hardcore workout but it already is filled with history of big lifts and lifters that will inspire your workout!
This will not just be a second location for the JWC but a second club. My brother is hoping to get some local guys interested in lifting and even hosting a meet in his gym! He even plans to register his gym with the USAWA! We have called it tentatively the “JWC Transcon” because Tedd works for the Railroad and the “Transcon” is the busiest Rail line in his company AND since has had to move his gym twice we wanted a name that could fit anywhere he goes…..but that name isn’t finalized yet!
The weekend was about as good as it gets. We had a work day setting up the gym and moving things in the house. Then we went to Peoria where we competed in the Scottish Highland Games on the next day. Then the third day was lifting and grilling big steaks on Tedd’s new “Green Egg Grill”. So, if you are in central Illinois area or know someone who is, there is now a place for you to train. Stop by and see Tedd and check out the JWC Transcon!