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The first dedicated strength & barbell gym in Cary, NC.


In all that we do, strength matters.

The first dedicated Strength Gym in Cary, NC.

We offer 24/7 access to a climate controlled facility with top of the line strength equipment. We also offer powerlifting coaching, programming, and personal training. If you're wondering what's so special about strength, read on.

Strength is the base of your fitness pyramid. Strength is freedom.

Power, endurance, stability, and metabolism all improve with strength. As a result, the difference between what you can do and what you must do becomes greater and greater. Things like carrying groceries up stairs that used to be hard become easier, and that reduces injury risk too. It feels amazing.

Let's be clear. You don't need to get bulky to be strong, and training for strength is safe and really fun

If you're into lifting and need a place to work out, or have never lifted before and are ready to experience the benefits of strength, you're in the right place. 



  • 4 Power Racks
  • 2 Deadlift Platforms
  • 2 Combo Racks
  • 1600kg of calibrated kg plates
  • Ohio Power bars, SSB, Camber bar
  • Dumbbells up to 125#
  • Kettlebells up to 100#
  • GHD
  • Bands & Chains
  • Bumper Plates
  • Yoke
  • ...and more


It's one thing to know how to do something, and another entirely to actually do itOur coaches are experienced athletes themselves and our programs have led to podiums, national competition, and state records.


Rob Rykowski, MA, CSCS
Owner & Coach

His sports:
Powerlifting - 551/343/673
Mountain Biking
Rock Climbing
Obstacle Course Racing

Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
USA Powerlifting Club Coach
USAPL National-level competitor        
USA Weightlifting Sport Coach        
CrossFit Level 1 Coach
Owner, Head Coach, CrossFit Watch City
Spartan OS            
FMS Movement Specialist
GROW Model sport performance coach
BS, MA, Communication

Rob was overweight all throughout childhood, peaking at 250lbs with a 44" waist in high school. When he was 19 he had an epiphany about fitness and weight loss and has been dedicated to helping others as a personal trainer since 2007. He worked a corporate job alongside training for many years before taking the plunge to open his first gym.

That gym was CrossFit Watch City, a successful strength-focused CrossFit gym in Boston that worked closely with USA Powerlifting MA. He then moved to Cary and started NC Strength with the goal of improving movement performance and health across disciplines through strength.

Rob has worked with hundreds of clients through personal and group training. From 10 year olds to 70 year olds, and people of all sizes, Rob can coach anyone with the desire to improve.

He has competed and coached (drug-free) powerlifters at the national level and worked with D1 Athletic teams like North Eastern Swimming and Diving. He's also competed in swimming, lacrosse, mountain biking, running, weightlifting, CrossFit, and OCR. 

With a  a deep understanding of sport communication and coaching psychology, he delivers results with a patience and clarity that continually finds clients surpising themselves.