The First Dedicated Strength Gym in Cary, NC.
24/7 smartphone access to a climate controlled facility with high end competition grade equipment. The first USA Powerlifting Silver Regional Training Center in the state of North Carolina.
We also offer powerlifting coaching and custom strength programming for athletes of all types.
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.
The gym is unstaffed and members only. You can't just show up and walk in if you're not a member. If you would like to see the gym, schedule a tour or drop-in.
- 4 Power Racks
- 2 Deadlift Platforms
- 1 Olympic Platform
- 2 Combo Rack Competition Platforms
- 1600kg of calibrated kg plates
- 2500# of standard plates & bumpers
- 9 Ohio Power bars, 1 B&R2 Bar, 1 Ohio Bar
- 20&15kg Oly Bearing Bars
- Deadlift, Cambered, SSB, Swiss, Hex bars
- Dumbbells up to 125#
- Kettlebells up to 100#
- 300# Selectorized Lat Pull
- GHD, Yoke, Axle
- Bands & Chains, Deadlift Blocks
- KG Competition Bumpers
- C2 Rower & C2 Bike
- ...and more
It's one thing to know how to do something, and another entirely to actually do it. Rob is an experienced athlete himself and his programs have led to podiums, national competition, and state records.
Rob Rykowski, MA, CSCS
Owner & Coach
Powerlifting 93KG - 551/343/684
Obstacle Course Racing
USAPL 93kg Deadlift State Record Holder
Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
USAPL Club Coach
USAPL State Referee
USAPL National-level competitor
USA Weightlifting Sport Coach
CrossFit Level 1 Coach
Head Coach, CrossFit Watch City
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.