I was causally lifting with my husband at the time at the local 24 hour joint, but I knew I wanted more. And I'm so happy I found the courage to reach out and hire a coach. No matter who your coach is here, you're in amazing hands!
There were situations when I didn't know how to use an equipment or needed help with a lift, I always felt comfortable asking for help from other members because of how friendly everyone is. I tried 24 hour fitness and LA fitness in the past and I can assure you the experience at SoCal Powerlifting would be much better.
If you want an full stocked powerlifting gym that has great people and will always hold you accountable to achieving your goals, then there is no better place than SoCal Powerlifting. They have tons of squats racks, deadlift platforms, all sorts of training bars that even other specialty gyms don't have, and 24/7 access that removes any excuses.
Having a space where I can go where I know I'll be not only supported, but inspired and challenged, makes me a stronger lifter and person. My favorite part about SoCal is coming to the gym after 10-12 hours at work (usually pretty exhausted!) and knowing the infectious energy of the people around me will push me to get even just a little bit stronger that day.
I've been "powerlifting" for about a year, but putting together random programs and lifting at 24 (UGH) with "meh" results. I took the plunge at SoCal back in January and got on a program with Juan for a my first official meet at the end of this month. In just a couple of months my numbers have skyrocketed!
Due to a past shoulder injury, benching has been my toughest workout. I let my coach know, and he quickly told me what we could do to help balance/strengthen my shoulder. Within minutes, he was able to spot some ways to improve my technique (grip, posture, breathing, etc), and I truly felt a change.