Powerlifting @ CERN

Welcome to the home page of the Powerlifting @ CERN. The CERN Powerlifting is a section of the CERN Fitness Club, and therefore it shares the same "Statuts du Club Fitness du CERN". There are certain restrictions to access the room whilst the general fitness/pilates and zumba classes are taking place.

Make sure you read and follow the Gym Guidelines (aka Rules). Read the FAQ section below as well.
Do all the reading (the information below and at the links) before you contact us.
If you asked us a question and didn't get a response, chances are high that your question has been already answered a while ago in the FAQ section on this site.
Powerlifting is a strength sport, which is simple as 1-2-3 and efficient.

The "1-2-3" are the three basic lifts (bench press, squat and deadlift) which involve most muscles of your body. For men the essence of the powerlifting training is "don't look strong, be strong", for women the strength training combined with general fitness classes is an effective calories-burning activity as this combination boosts the metabolism. Tools (free weights and "the big three" lifts) don't change, but weights and number of sets and repetitions do change a lot, thus redefining a strength conditioning strategy depending on your needs.

Powerlifting as a sport requires many things, including physical strength, speed, stamina, and skill. We have a high quality professional equipment and advanced (yes, when we say "advanced" we mean it) knowledge in strength training, and we will be happy to share this with you - join the club, and explore your potential :)

Questions? Ask The Powerlifting Admins.

What's available in the gym Click here
How to become a member of the powerlifting gym (follow the instructions below step by step - if you don't, the procedure might take much longer):
1) Subscribe (here is the disclaimer you will need to read/sign/return to fitness club AND The Powerlifting Admins) -- put a note "for Powerlifting@CERN" on the bottom of the page under your signature)
2) Pay for the gym: 1 year 150 chf, 6 months 100chf, 3 months 60 chf, 1 month 30 chf. Please transfer the amount to the CERN Fitness Club account (put "for Powerlifting@CERN"):
Account: 279-287931.01J
IBAN: CH33 0027 9279 2879 3101 J
and send an email to The Powerlifting Admins AND fitness.club@cern.ch stating the amount you transfered.
If you do not have a UBS account then just stop by the UBS branch at CERN (in buliding 500), bring them cash for the payment and the banking information above (just print the page).
3) Request an account in the booking system:
Send your request together with a copy of your payment(We need the 'official' bank statement) to The Powerlifting Admins (in the email addresses replace (dot) and (at) by . and @).
In the request send us your NICE account username (if you don't know what it is please ask whoever created you an account at CERN).
Allow 5 business days for a response (please be patient -- it usually takes much faster, but the gym management team is quite busy with their day-time jobs).
4) Book your slots in the booking system. You must book your training slots before you do your workout.
5) Go to the gym and work out (make sure you follow the guidelines!)
Gym Guidelines are available here
In case if you have urgent questions / issues, call

Access is permitted via the direct entrance (so that you don't need to pass through the general fitness / conference room to get to the powerlifting room).

Pay special attention during general fitness / pilates / zumba classes / martial arts More details on the schedule is at https://espace.cern.ch/club-fitness/Lists/Timetable/calendar.aspx

Please use equipment where it belongs and don't disturb classes anyhow, e.g. by walking in the middle of the room or jumping on the jumping rope. In case if there are complaints from general fitness / pilates / zumba participants, we will have to reconsider the rules / make them more strict - please help us to keep things the way they are.

The gym is located in building 216 R-003. If the door lock is broken (which never happend yet), pass through the general fitness / conference room area (R-001) and then through the changing area (R-202). Here is the plan (pdf) of the buliding.

Q: Does a powerlifting club fee include the fitness club membership?
A: Yes

Q: I am external to CERN/do not have a CERN card can I still join the gym?
A: Yes you can. But you need to pay for minimum of a year, however, before paying please send an email to : The Powerlifting Admins and wait response since we need to see if you can get access to CERN first.

Q: Can I visit the gym and have a tryout session?
A: Yes, as long as you inform us about date/time (at least 48h in advance), send us a signed disclaimer (see here), and you must be accompanied by a person who knows what to do etc (and we need to know who this person is). You can not visit the gym for a tryout session unless we explicitly give our permission.

Q: Will someone clean after me, put all the weights back, put the incline bench back etc?
A: No. You should do it: put the weights / incline bench / dumbbells etc back and wipe off the bench after you used it.

Q: I prefer weights / machines / benches to be arranged differently. Can I do it?
A: No. However, you can contact us and let's see if those potential new arrangements are good.

Q: Does my contract include also all the fitness club benefits such as the discount prices for the sport shops as they are shown on the fitness club web page?
A: Yes. If you want to benefit from the reductions at GO Sport, you will need to state that you are a member of the CERN fitness club - and show your CERN access card - this gives -15% off fitness related equipment and -10% off other stuff. For Athleticum, we will need to have send a list of members to the shop of the new members and have them create special discount cards for them (so it is slightly more time consuming - plan accordingly)

Q: Can you help me to find a training partner?
A: Just come to the gym and start working out. If you don't find a training partner yourself we will help you out (but first start working out)

Q: What time is the gym open?
A: 24 / 7 (i.e. it is open all the time) as long as everyone follows the RULES.

Q: Can I leave and keep windows / doors open?
A: No, you can not.

Q: Can I leave weights on bars or weights lying around or any other mess?
A: No, you can not. It is YOUR responsibility to take care of these things - the only a person to clean after you is YOU.

Q: What happens if I break something accidentally?
A: Please contact us so it can be fixed (read the Rules).

Q: How do you know if I broke something?
A: We have a video surveillance system. If you broke equipment and didn't report it back to us, chances are good that we will be able to identify you (read the Rules to see what consequences will be).