Amid high-end fusion classes and fancy workout studios, the humble barbell is making a comeback. Around the time Atlanta Barbell reopened in a sleek new space in Decatur, the retro East Atlanta Barbell Club landed nearby, indicating that simple black iron is back in style.
What EABC offers
Choose from two old-school programs: Olympic-style weightlifting and powerlifting.
Who’s in charge
Lis Saunders is the one-time owner of CrossFit Midtown and a current state record holder in the squat. Cofounder Jim Chambers, also a former gym owner, brings hipster cred as the co-owner of Virginia-Highland boutique Henry & June.
Newbie? No problem. A $100 intro package includes three sessions with an instructor. If you’re just looking for access to iron, general membership is $60 a month.
This article originally appeared in our August 2016 issue.