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Evan Hatch

30 August 2019

Great coaches

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Amulya Aradhyula

21 May 2019

An incredibly welcoming place for beginner lifters and more seasoned athletes alike!

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Otis Blacksack

28 April 2019

Awesome gym with a great team atmosphere. Linda is the best

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Walt J

29 December 2018

One of the most welcoming gym atmospheres I've ever experienced. Here you will almost always have a partner – you get paired up with someone with similar height and strength. I'm a beginner, and feel that Linda and Queene are always keeping a good eye on us, and are quick to make corrections and suggestions.The key thing is safety though. You will get trained properly not only for how things should be done, but how things should be done for YOU — if you have an old injury, was recently sick, or missed a few classes, etc. adjustments will be made. In 6 short weeks, going only twice a week, I've gotten stronger and have better posture (I'm an office worker) .Bring a friendly attitude, show up on time, and join us! More...

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Jim V.

9 November 2018

This gym rules.  Dropped in twice while I was in town for work and immediately felt at home.  Drop in fee isn't any higher than other gyms in the area, lots of kg/lbs plates (metal and bumpers), tons of platforms and Linda was very chill about dropping in regardless if there's a class going on.  If you're looking for machines/cables/etc, go somewhere else.  If you want someone who knows what they're doing to be honest and look at your form, come here. More...

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Taylor M.

27 September 2018

Dropped in here and had a great experience. I would probably recommend that most lifters just do open gym as a drop in, just because coaching is so minimal if you're only there for a day or a week, plus is $15 cheaper.The biggest plus is that is extremely female friendly, a rarity with lifting! There were people there of all experience levels, and some had a powerlifting focus, while others weightlifting. Their equipment was all really nice - the bars specifically were incredibly nice.The space is VERY small - I shared a mat with someone else to get my lifting done. I did their programming for the day (Olympic lifting / Snatch focused) and thought it was good for drilling technique in lifts.Overall - a great experience but I would probably do open gym to save some money next time. $35 is a lot to shell out for a class with minimal position coaching - but it was exactly what I needed after a day of travel. More...

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Joe Hogan

1 August 2018

Nice people, nice gym, good training.

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Fang Chen

1 August 2018

This place is Epic. Linda and John are there to care and provide highly technical guidance. My favorite gym in SF. Great people and members as well.

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Perry H.

26 June 2018

I met Linda and John a couple months ago after discovering their gym on Yelp with zero powerlifting experience and they have completely changed my life. And I really mean it. They have a tremendous amount of knowledge and I could not be learning from better coaches.I look forward to every gym day to lift more and more. More...

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Justine C.

9 June 2018

This gym has become one of my favorite places to be, period. Linda and John are so knowledgable, kind, and encouraging. They really know their ish and push you to be your best self. You get so much 1:1 attention, and feel like you are making real progress every visit with the help of the amazing coaches. I feel so strong!!!!! Visit this gym. You'll never look back!!!!!!! More...

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Patric Lassiter

28 May 2018

Great people!

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Meredith Martin

28 May 2018

I'm not sure how to describe the magnitude of the changes in my life since I met Linda and joined her gym back in April 2017, suffice to say I'm three quarters of the woman I used to be. I dropped 30 lbs since my first work out with Linda seven month ago and my body changed in ways I didn't believe possible without surgery, maybe even then. Linda's expertise and dedication to her gym, her craft and her 'family' of clients and friends is unparalleled. I've had the good fortune to have been able to afford a personal trainer at many junctures in my life, and have been a member of some of the most expensive gyms in San Francisco. None offered me what OpenGymSF gave me, without the fluff pretense or attitude. She and John are dedicated to helping anyone that wants it find their inner superhuman self. Just good people helping other good people find what they didn't know they had in them. Come check it out! More...

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Anna Yu

28 May 2018

If you're looking to get stronger through powerlifting or weightlifting, look no further than Open Gym. The coaches and fellow members are super supportive and count them as friends. The coaches Linda and John truly care about you and your progress no matter where you start.Come as a you are: a novice/beginner, someone looking for a form check or just someone who needs a gym to do some heavy lifting without waiting for the platform to be free at 24 Hour Fitness.BTW this gym is extremely female friendly! On most days I'm here, the women outnumber men. More...

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Sally French

28 May 2018

Open Gym SF has changed my life!!!Linda and John are amazing coaches who are incredibly knowledgeable and have a deep understanding of lifting.I highly recommend the powerlifting or weightlifting classes. They are small group classes, which means you'll get really personal, nearly 1:1 coaching without paying high personal trainer prices.When I joined, I didn't know anything about lifting. I had been working out at a big, commercial gym doing light weights and a lot of cardio with only average results. Now, I can squat 2x my bodyweight, have lost 10 pounds while gaining muscle, am proud of how my body looks, and most importantly, I feel amazing about what I've accomplished here!Pro-tips:1. Don't be turned off by the high monthly membership fee. Considering the membership fee is the same cost as 2-3 personal training sessions, this is a deal. The coaches offer very personal attention and are able to give me personalized programming to work on areas I need more help on. The value of your monthly membership honestly pays for itself in about a week.2. The hours are somewhat limited. Don't worry though! The coaches are willing to work with your schedule to make it work! I've definitely done powerlifting during Olympic lifting class, and as long as you are respectful of the classmates, it works out. More...

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Holly F.

9 May 2018

Linda and John are amazing! I've gotten lots of personalized feedback and have progressed so much over the past year! Highly recommended for beginning and advanced lifters alike! The gym is so friendly and welcoming to everyone regardless of your goals or fitness levels. More...

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Sally F.

13 February 2018

Open Gym SF has changed my life!!!Linda and John are amazing coaches who are incredibly knowledgeable and have a deep understanding of lifting.I highly recommend the powerlifting or weightlifting classes. They are small group classes, which means you'll get really personal, nearly 1:1 coaching without paying high personal trainer prices.When I joined, I didn't know anything about lifting. I had been working out at a big, commercial gym doing light weights and a lot of cardio with only average results. Now, I can squat 2x my bodyweight, have lost 10 pounds while gaining muscle, am proud of how my body looks, and most importantly, I feel amazing about what I've accomplished here!Pro-tips:1. Don't be turned off by the high monthly membership fee. Considering the membership fee is the same cost as 2-3 personal training sessions, this is a deal. The coaches offer very personal attention and are able to give me personalized programming to work on areas I need more help on. The value of your monthly membership honestly pays for itself in about a week.2. The hours are somewhat limited. Don't worry though! The coaches are willing to work with your schedule to make it work! I've definitely done powerlifting during Olympic lifting class, and as long as you are respectful of the classmates, it works out. More...

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Crystal Bungori

7 November 2017

Open gym is a female friendly bad ass gym community!! Since day one I've felt comfortable lifting here. Powerlifting is usually a male dominated sport and can be intimidating for women but not at Open Gym. Not only do I feel comfortable in my own skin at Open Gym, my numbers have gone up with all my lifts. More...

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Jessica C.

3 February 2017

Awesome gym with an awesome group of people! Linda adapts her coaching to each athlete and skill level. She has impeccable attention to detail and really caters to what your goals are. I moved to SF last year and really struggled to find a gym until I found her through class pass. Open Gym is a place for you to learn, get strong and get results! More...

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Mark H.

13 January 2017

Can't recommend Linda's coaching highly enough. I've been working out twice a week for the past three months at her gym and feel the best I can remember. Didn't know much about weightlifting to start, and feel lucky to be learning from such a motivating, knowledgable, and positive trainer who pushes me to do better each session and works with everyone from beginners like me to longtime lifters training for competitions. Working out with Linda's set me up with a strong foundation for a lifetime of smart exercise and injury prevention. Grateful to have found her gym and would recommend to anyone! More...

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Kristina A.

26 November 2016

Thankful to have come across Linda and her gym. Initially met Linda at a crossfit gym then followed her when she opened her own place.I appreciate Linda's honesty and directness when it comes to her coaching. She wants the best for you and knows when to push you when you're slacking and when to back off if you're having a rough day.I continued going to the gym after I became pregnant and it was the best thing I could have done for myself. Linda always encouraged me to move, even though my mind was telling me not to. I don't think my pregnancy or labor would have gone so smoothly if I didn't have Linda's guidance and support.Whatever your fitness goals are, Linda can accommodate you. More...

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Anna Y.

17 November 2016

Linda has taught me everything I know about lifting over the years I've been training with her and I'm still learning! I'm so happy she has her own gym now. I've been following her powerlifting program for the last few months and I am consistently setting new personal records.This gym has 2 platforms, 2 squat/bench racks and 2 more spaces on the gym floor to do your lifts. There's a set of dumbbells, kettlebells, a roman chair for back extensions and TRX for any accessory work. There's also a stretching and foam rolling area too.The classes at the gym are pretty small and I usually have the squat rack all to myself for the duration of the class. People are pretty good about sharing the platforms when needed. Everyone I've met at the gym have been super nice and supportive.The location is right in-between Civic Center and Powell MUNI/BART stations. While the corner of Market & 6th isn't the best, Linda has always let me into the building in a timely manner. Also the building is good about keeping people from hanging out in the entryway.Overall, I can't imagine working out anywhere else and highly recommend you check it out whether you're a beginner who is curious about lifting or a seasoned lifter who needs a gym to call home. More...

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Byron W.

27 October 2016

I love OGSF. I have been going to this gym from its inception and Linda is a wonderful instructor. She understands each person's individual needs and does not over-push the person. For people like me who didn't like going to gyms, OGSF is a great place to get a workout in and also fit in. For those who don't like the corporate, generic feel of 24-Hour fitness, OGSF is a great place to work out. Linda is great!!! More...

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Rob S.

20 July 2016

I've been seeing Linda for years now and have been using OGSF as soon as it opened. This gym is for getting shit done. She's a phenomenal person and trainer whose made complicated lifting super accessible for her clients. I'm lifting more than I ever did and I'm more flexible and overall physically fit than I ever was. More...

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jennifer r.

25 May 2016

I have been training with Linda since January 2015.  I was a complete novice in the sport of Olympic Weightlifting and Linda has coached me through 3 successful weightlifting meets.  I've done personal training sessions with her and attend her Olympic weightlifting class.  She has been a tremendous force within my life and I can't thank her enough.Linda focuses on form and gives individualized feedback for each person in her class.  She understands individual body mechanics and can help each athlete perform his/her best.  She's tough when she needs to be, but is always incredibly supportive.  I love lifting around her because it gives me that confidence boost that I need.She's so awesome that I've followed Linda to 4 different gyms.  Now that she has a space of her own, it's even better.  Her space is clean and has the equipment you need.  You will be surrounded by awesome people who are dedicated to fitness and the community support is fantastic.  I love this gym and will always consider it my second home!In just a little over a year my stats have improved dramatically:(female lifter 4'11)Back Squat - 1RM: 125# to 190#Deadlift - 1RM: 170# to 218#Front Squat - 1RM: 75# to 156#Clean - 1RM: 65# - 130#Snatch - 1RM: 0 - 110#Pullups: 3 - 10repsBody Weight: 127# - training as a 53kg lifterand so much more! More...

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Patrick S.

18 November 2015

This is a great place for motivation and strength. You get here, you will be challenged to become the best you can be.  They pushed me past limits I thought I could never do, and since my job is physical, I have to be strong and agile.  Glad I came!

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Yong T.

14 November 2015

Exciting to go there everyday. Love this gym. Very clean. Staffs there are so friendly. Very highly recommrnd this one.

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Rhea K.

3 November 2015

I started working with Linda one-on-one a month and a half ago. I used to do a lot of HIIT/boot camp type of stuff, and then started getting into weightlifting, mainly deadlift/bench/squat (kind of on and off). I knew I really liked weightlifting but I was plateauing a lot and had trouble sticking to a regular program, so I was looking for someone to really help me work from the ground up -- perfect my form, get a really solid foundation, and stick to a regimen of some sort to really start growing and moving up. Plus, I was tired of working out at a gym swarming w/ bros and having to wait for a rack all the time (even when there are already 4 of them...)Linda is the PERFECT person for me to work with. We started from the very beginning, focusing on endurance and proper form so I could get a solid foundation. My form is so much better after working with her, my core is a lot stronger, I feel way more solid, and after a month and a half I'm PRing on all my lifts, vs the 6-8 ish months I spent trying to do it myself. We just started working on some lifts that are a bit tougher for me, but Linda's really great at coaching me through them, making sure I have the right form down before trying to move up. She's super encouraging but no-bullshit and I like that about her. I'm really excited about all the progress I'm making and feel like a badass whenever I hit a new PR. Plus her new gym is really open, spacious, and comfortable and in a really convenient location. I'm really glad I started working with Linda, and although I'm still early on in my lifting 'career', she works with and trains a lot of people who do competitions and are in higher weight classes. So I would say that if you're looking for someone to help you with your lifts, no matter what stage you're at, definitely work with Linda. More...

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