September 18, 2006

17 responses to Breaking news: Metal Gym shut down!

  1. Scott Says:

    If they are indeed getting rid of things like reverse hypers and cambered bars, could be a good opportunity to buy some great pre-loved gear.

  2. Kris Says:

    I believe they are not getting rid of anything, just looking at a new place to set up shop. From the sound of it, and total lack of customer notice, this rent matter must have dropped on them like a bombshell. Not sure if Ano has actually sold the gym business to concentrate on his clothing and equipment business or what all this talk about new owners is about. Moving everything and setting up a new gym takes time, guessing it will be until next year before the new Metal is officially opened. Long-term this might be a good thing, there might be improvements (I’d love more specialty bars and to have the other pair of the 38 kg dumbell finally fixed, not to mention seeing the heavy bag back up that has been absent since the chain broke in late spring).

  3. Måns Says:

    Yup, all I have to say is this sucks a bit. Now we’ll need to find somewhere else to train… Bummer.

  4. Stinn Says:

    Wow that’s some crazy news. Maybe they are getting so busy with the gear business they need to split a bit.

  5. Kris Says:

    Latest developments: Ano just posted a note saying that Metal might not relocate after all and that negotiations are continuing. The verdict is expected within a couple of days. Good thing I haven’t yet bought a card somewhere else.

  6. Måns Says:

    You’d think they wouldn’t post a “we’re shut”-sign until it’s absolutely certain. And, you’d also think they’d have the gym open until they know for sure, wouldn’t you?
    Oh well, hoping for the best!

  7. Kris Says:

    I have a feeling that they already knew for sure… only then someone saw some light somewhere and now nobody knows for no nothing no anything. Really hope they can settle the score, got some training to do.

  8. Kris Says:

    From Ano on the Metal Gym homepage:

    Dear gym customers!

    Although METAL Gym was shut down for some time, it will reopen in the same localities with a 99% certainty. The schedule is currently under negotiation with the new gym operator and landlord.

    METAL Gym Helsinki will continue to resell METAL SPORT & WEAR with an expanded array of clothing and powerlifting equipment for sale. An extremely massive supplement store will also open in conjunction with the gym.

    The positive atmosphere supportive of all kinds of training will continue to be a hallmark of the gym. Customers will be served even better than before with such services as gym instruction and customised training programs being offered.

    We regret the sudden temporary shutdown of the gym! We ask those customers who have unused training time to contact us via e-mail for a refund, OR, to arrange to have the unused time transfered to the reopened gym.

    More information on the gym and store reopening schedule will soon be posted!

    The facilites at the gym we visited yesterday with Måns left me even more eager to have Metal back… this is GREAT news. Since I was in contact with them about my unused training time, I also requested the heavy bag be reinstalled. My back is starting to feel the results of not being able to bang the bag of late after the chain snapped. Anyway, it is with much curiosity that I await the reincarnated gym and whether it will turn more commercial trying to attract a larger customer base (to pay the increased rent…?). To some extent, having more money rolling in could be a good thing in regards to certain specialty bars I would love to see in there. :-) On the other hand, this will probably mean that the percentage of powerlifters in the gym will be somewhat diluted… After all, powerlifters are generally not interested in “extremely massive supplement stores” as long as they get their protein. ;-)

    HAPPY HAPPY!!!! Unless the 1% hits the fan that is… Now let’s hope we won’t have to wait very long for the reopening.

  9. Alberto Caraballo Says:

    Ironic, isn’t it, that gym’s make more money from people that don’t show up than from those who do. It’s a tough business. I’m glad it might stay open for you, Kris, because Metal had to be the sweetest setup I ever heard of. Ever.

  10. Kris Says:

    Frankly, I would be surprised if Metal if making much money off the gym. Always kind of figured that the gym is living off their very popular Metal powerlifting equipment. With much of the world elite now lifting in Metal gear, they must be pulling in some decent sums. I confess to being a bit worried about the prospect of new owners and, in all likelihood, a striving to make the gym commercially viable on its own. Then again, I have a hard time believing that Ano would let a gym carrying his brand name degrade into a spandex haven. ;-)

  11. Mike Says:

    What about the gym you lifted at in the past, not the school gym, the one where you have a lot of footage from? That seems like a nice gym as well.

  12. Kris Says:

    Mike, I’ve consider that option. The equipment is basic but solid, mostly coming from the former Gold’s Gym Helsinki, and the gym is located quite close to where I live. The place has changed owners since after crashing hard under bad management - a few lingering memories makes us looking primarily at other venues at the moment. As it stands now, the choice is between the largest gym in Helsinki and a much more basic affair with a 24h key card system. I’ll post some pics from our first visit to the latter, in the meantime everybody go read Måns’s excellent review. What I’m really waiting for now is the news on when Metal will be reopened. There’s really no point in going beyond pay-per-visit before then.

  13. Kris Says:

    The latest from Metal is that the gym will be opened as soon as possible (October) in the old space. Really looking forward to that, just discovered that the gym we are going to today closes at 10pm. Måns is off work at 8pm and needs to refuel, so that’s pretty tight.

  14. Kris Says:

    The news stream has really picked up speed now. On Sunday, Ano announced that the gym has indeed been sold off to an external party, namely to the Finnish webstore (translates as The PowerStore). Ano also wrote that the traditional Metal Gym Christmas Bench Bash (joulupenkkarit) will also be held as normal at Metal Gym in conjunction with a Nationals deadlift meet.

    Today in the morning, Ano went on to reveal that the new gym manager is none other than the Finnish strength and bodybuilding legend Arto Lyytikäinen. I profess to not being quite up to speed with the large annals of Finnish strength history, but google tells me Mr. Lyytikäinen won BOTH the Finnish national titles in strongman AND bodybuilding in 1987. He is also a legendary coach and was very active when Iisalmi was something of a Finnish Body Mecca. From the few sources I have found, it does indeed seem like this man deservedly carries a lot of respect over here.

    Finally, in the afternoon Metal Gym announced, this time also via e-mail, that the gym will reopen sometime NEXT WEEK. The official reopening will happen in November when there is also going to be a huge sale on supplements and Metal gear. Looks like that’s when I’m going to be buying new Metal training pants (God knows I need them, you all know what my trademark pants look like).

    In sum, let’s see how this turns out. It could be a fresh change… or the path to Metal Gym turning into a crowded bodybuilding centred gym (NOOOOOOOOOOO!). This change is just too grand to be able to say much anything about it yet.

  15. Måns Says:

    Or, could be nothing at all changes except the supplement sales part. We’ll just have to eagerly await and see… :D

  16. Kris Says:

    There’s no official announcement yet, but Ano mentions that the new owner has the intention of reopening Metal on Thursday.

  17. Kris Says:

    Official now, Metal is opening on Thursday. Wonder if there are any major changes in there…

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