is this right for me?
TCBC may be right for you if you would like:
- To get stronger!
- To learn (or brush-up on) proper barbell lifting technique
- Direct coaching from experienced strength coaches
- Individual programming, backed by science and tailored to you
- Training in a limited-member facility
- Training among a like-minded community
- A clean & organized facility
- Top-notch equipment, platforms & racks
- Chalk (yes, real chalk!)
TCBC is not for you if you want: mirrors, machines, group challenges, timed exercises, foam rolls or yoga mats, a sauna or cardio center, to focus on aesthetic appearance or calories burned rather than progress in strength, or to train on your own with an outside program. Sorry, we just don't want or need those things. We’re proud to be specialists! We invest in high-quality bars, specialty bars, plenty of chalk, micro-loading plates, anchored racks, 8x8 platforms, and the tried-and-true conditioning equipment.
If it's not right for you- no worries! We don't do contracts; that's another way we ensure everyone here is on the same page. You'll never feel financially obligated to stay.
what can i expect?
What we all need & deserve: to become stronger in a comfortable and encouraging environment.
For the total newbie: Don't worry, no judgements. Even if you've never touched a barbell, we will guide you through every single thing, even the cool lingo. You will receive direct coaching and constant feedback from the same experienced coaches each session. You'll feel comfortable & knowledgeable after your first day. Our only expectation is that you come ready to learn, and you want to get stronger.
You will first learn how to properly perform the back squat, bench press, overhead press, and deadlift. Later, you might learn other things like: how to powerclean, do a chin-up or pull-up, other squat, bench, and/or deadlift variations, and accessory lifts. As we're talking and teaching, you'll be performing the movements. You might start with just your body-weight, a 15 lb. training bar, a standard 45 lb. bar, or a certain weight that will allow to perform the movement well without being overwhelming. Basically, we won't "load you up" on your first day. We're about starting small, hammering technique, and building with baby steps.
For the experienced: Awesome! We'll just run through a quick re-fresher on technique. You'll learn the technique we expect from our lifters, how our gym operates, and you'll probably learn a couple new tricks. You'll receive coaching like everyone else, but don't take it personal. We're your resources to bigger and better lifts, not technique bullies.
We'll develop a program that best suites you and your goals, whether it's to improve in your sport, compete in powerlifting, lose weight, gain weight, add muscle mass, get stronger, or just improve your overall quality of life.
For everyone: Welcome to the club! You can expect to train individually, but among a tight-knit community of like-minded people. Our members love the environment; we're just a group of folks working to become stronger, with the same understanding in lifting technique and gym etiquette.
Your training sessions are your own. You will come in (during your set "private training" time or during the "open membership" hours), get ready to lift (training clothes and shoes), and set-up on an available rack with your training log in hand. Your coach will give you an overview and guide you through your training session including warm-ups, working sets, and rest periods. There are no time limits, random surprises, egos, screaming or yelling. Each training session you'll add a little weight, track your progress in your training log, and we'll go from there.
All new members receive "intro coaching" in the first month. After that, the level of coaching you receive depends on the training option you select. Those training during the "Open Membership" hours will be expected to have a grasp on proper set-up and take-down, counting plates, warm-ups, and assisting others with equipment. Those training during the "Private Training" hours will continue to receive constant feedback from a coach on everything training related, with the added benefits of unlimited Q&A and general nutritional guidance.
my training options
Monday-Friday: 3-8 PM & Saturday by request
Gym Access + Programming + Group Coaching
Members follow a 3-day program: M/W/F or Tue/Thur/Sat, anytime within the hours listed (until they become more advanced). You will receive the most coaching in the first month to help you get started, and then general group coaching. While we do limit membership, racks are first-come-first-serve during this time. You may be training with others, but will follow your own individual programming.
Monday/ Wednesday/ Friday: 9-10 Am
Gym Access + Programming + Individual Coaching + Nutrition Guidance
*Ideal for those desiring a regular, small group setting, constant coaching, and/or serious performance & nutrition goals. High-risk individuals needing more one-on-one coaching may be required to train during this time.
Members follow a 3-day program during the times provided. You will receive individual coaching every session: assistance with every warmup & movement. You will always have an available rack to start right away. General nutritional guidance (to aid in performance and your goals) is included. Individual (specific to you, with data) nutrition planning is available at an additional cost.
Tim Young, MS, CSCS
- Bachelor's in Science & Physical Education from Pacific Lutheran University
- Master's in Exercise Science from Central Washington University
- Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) since 2010
- 9+ years as a strength coach for college, professional, & K-12 athletes
- Head Strength Coach at Pacific Lutheran University & Life Christian Academy
- Assistant Strength Coach at Central Washington University & Puyallup YMCA
- Coached & programmed for men and women's college sports
- Individually prepared 20+ athletes for college athletics, semi-pro, and/or professional leagues
- Coached 4 record-holding strength athletes for powerlifting or strongman
- Played baseball for Southridge High School, Kennewick Bandits, Columbia Basin College, Pacific Lutheran University & The Pacific International League
- 10+ years in Powerlifting through the drug-free federation, the USAPL
- Achieved a 1400+ total at the 205 weight class in the USAPL (including a 600 lb. deadlift)
At the age of 12, Tim's grandparents gave him a second-hand barbell and cement weights —he was hooked from day one. In the backyard, he would push the barbell overhead, pull it up from the ground, carry it up hills, and move it anyway imaginable. Tim became fascinated with weight training, physical progression, and the perfect simplicity of the barbell. Going into high school, he realized how consistent strength training attributed to his athletic performance, but also struggled with inaccessible coaching and equipment, misinformation and over-conditioning. He was under-prepared for the physical requirements of college athletics.
It was under the mentorship of a knowledgeable Strength Coach at Pacific Lutheran University that Tim was introduced to the world of strength and conditioning and powerlifting. Showing dedication and intelligence, Tim was brought on staff and even assisted in coaching seminars at other colleges, like nearby University of Washington. After years of coaching in collegiate weight rooms, Tim realized most athletes were also under-prepared; they lacked proper technique, basic programming, overall size and strength, and were ending their careers due to preventable high school and weight-room injuries. This was troubling. Tim wanted to do more than what he was limited to in a college setting. Reflecting on his own youth, he knew his hometown was a good place to start. Then, he met Amanda.
Amanda Young, MS
- Bachelor's in Digital Technology & Culture
- Master's in Strategic Communications
- Certificate in Professional Writing
- Holds 4 Washington State USAPL powerlifting records
- 7+ years of experience in strength training
- 5+ years of experience in coaching
Immediately after meeting Tim, Amanda asked him, "can you teach me how to bench?" Lifting weights was something Amanda always wanted to learn, but never felt confident enough. Oddly, the bench press was always most appealing. Amanda started lifting weights as an enjoyable means of activity and weight-loss, but unexpectedly found interest in powerlifting. In her first powerlifting competition she took 1st place, “best female junior lifter” and set Washington State records in squat, bench, deadlift, and total for her weight class.
Amanda experienced the benefits of proper strength training first hand, began getting requests for coaching from other women, and saw the difference Tim was making in countless lives.
Amanda’s experience and education in business and public relations, combined with Tim’s experience as a youth and collegiate strength coach, lead to Tri-City Barbell Club in 2013.
"I love coaching, but I have a special spot for young girls and women. I've seen confidence sky-rocket in young girls after just one week of training. I get to encourage them to focus on what their bodies can 'do' rather than just how they 'look'. After just two weeks of training, women tell me how much easier it is to pick up their child, perform yard work, or just run errands without constant back pain. Strength really is life-changing. I wanted everyone to have access to this quality of coaching."