Gym Reviews & Testimonials


I found out about Black Hills Barbell in January of 2021. I asked to get a day pass and a few of my buddies and I came up the next day. The second I walked in to the gym I was instantly hooked. Everything here is top of the line. Adam, the owner, has always taken time out of his day to help others and make sure they are taken care of. This is hands down the best gym in the Black Hills, and I am blessed to be a part of it.


–  Kaden W.

I came out here on vacation worried I wouldn’t be able to train ( bodybuilder on prep) and low and behold I found Alpha Elite Physiques and this gym. This place is way better than back home and I was in bodybuilder heaven with the leg setup. Adam worked me in for one hell of a leg session also  – the things that man did to me are evil lol. I learned a ton in an hour with him. Will 11/10 be back in next time I vacation here. Love it.


–  Ivan S.

I bought a membership just to use the showers here bc i am living in a campground with poor facilities. I am now starting to actually lift weights and loving it! 24 hours is amazing for my schedule.


–  Laura K.

Came from Colorado worried I wouldn’t find a good gym to train at here in my new home, but this place is better than my old gym and cheaper. Very happy this place is here so I can continue to train seriously.


– Chris C.

I’m a serious and established powerlifter, and this place was amazing to train at. Love the equipment here and the environment was killer. Had to pass on a shirt because they didn’t have any 3xl shirts lol. Thanks Adam.


– James D.

My son used Black Hills Barbell during our vacation. Signing up for the 7 day pass was super easy and done online which gave him 24 hour access during our stay in the Hills. You cannot go wrong! Their facility is super clean with new and up to date equipment. Well worth the $ and quite reasonable for how amazing it is! Will absolutely use again next time we are in the Hills!

– Jenna Gatzke

I am a bodybuilder on prep, and was worried about being in the Black Hills and having no place to train like I normally do, but this place is better that where I train at back home. Bodybuilder heaven in here with this equipment! Adam was fantastic to chat with and he even showed me a couple tricks for my leg training.

Great set up, all brand new equipment and shower facilities!!


– Ann Vaughn

Nice new and clean facility. I could pair my music to their bluetooth and sound system which was amazing. Also has a lot of good equipment including a Reverse Hyper machine…big plus to help decompress the spine after heavy squats and deadlifts while also strengthening your erectors!

– Joe S.

I highly recommend Black Hills Barbells! the gym is so clean!! They have some of the best equipment I have ever seen. It can feel really overwhelming if you haven’t worked with that equipment before but the people who own it are so willing to help! You can tell the people who own it have a passion for what they do! It is the kind of place that makes you want to better yourself. I am so glad there is a place like this in Hill City!

– Tayla B.

This place is amazing….I’m just a beginner but this place has it all! If you want to up your game check this place out!

– Angie R.

Go check out this awesome gym! You won’t regret it!

– Mercedes B.

What a Great gym, with all new equipment. The 24hr access is great.

– Brian Johnson

This is a great place. The atmosphere is amazing and love the setup. It ROCKS!!

– Christy Larson

Love this place. Good people, good gym, good workout

– Brandon Dennis

This is amazing gym! It’s so new and clean. It also has amazing and unique equipment! Definitely worth checking out!

– Renae Welke

Fantastic new gym in the heart of the hills! The equipment is killer, the best I’ve ever used, 24/7, and you can’t beat access to Adam Hunsaker, an amazing trainer and his programming! Check it out!

– Caitlin Hills

The premiere barbell club of the Black Hills 💪🏼 Great facility, great atmosphere, great people!

– Christian Hagen


Adam is hands down the best coach I’ve ever worked with. Living afar, I was skeptical what he would be able to do. He is versatile, knows his stuff and is always willing to answer any question! I’m thrilled with my results and look forward to the new workouts each week because he switches things up so I’m never bored.

I started training full fledged on my own last year, and started training with Adam in December. This journey has been incredible! I was what most would consider “skinny fat” I struggled to put healthy weight on and I always felt like I knew what I wanted to look like but always made excuses on getting there. I feel like a completely different person now! With Adam’s training techniques and nutrition, I have finally pushed past where I thought I would be when I started. I struggled to accomplish my goals on my own and getting in the gym with Adam and training and having a nutrition plan catered to my goals has made all of the difference! I highly recommend to anyone to start somewhere with Adam’s programming! Even if it is using just Daily Trainer program and the Evolution Nutrition. He is goal oriented (your goals!) and successful and the results speak for themselves!

I came to Adam initially to help change up my training after I qualified for the Boston Marathon. Trusting him was one of the scariest yet smartest things I have ever done in regards to not only the physical change aspects, but also my mentality towards training and the proper nutrition that comes with it. Having used to weigh well over 200 pounds, then losing approximately 100, I found myself well into the grips of an unhealthy eating disorder that left me at times crying and panicked when I had to eat, or having to run a certain amount of miles to “deserve to eat”. My first few months of working with Adam brought back those panicked feelings when I saw how much he wanted me to eat…and the fear of gaining all that weight back set in. Adam has tailored my training and nutrition to my specific needs to allow for both strength training with him to coincide with marathon training and running up to 50 miles a week. Not only have I seen physical changes, but I feel stronger in the weight room, my endurance on my runs has improved, I’m sleeping better at night, recovering faster, and I can eat food (read: FUEL) without fear and anxiety. Adam knows his stuff, and his knowledge speaks volumes if you let it and trust him.

I knew Adam for a few years before I decided to reach out to him and start his program. When I decided to start I definitely wasn’t going to go with anyone else. Adam helped me learn the fundamentals in not just weight training but in my nutrition as well. He was easy to work with and was always professional and respectful. Working with Adam was the best decision I had made in a long time when it came to getting my butt in shape. Now I’m able to go to the gym and not feel uncomfortable or anxious and my nutrition has taken a huge turn in the right direction!

I really enjoyed working with Adam. When I started the program I was a skinny guy with no fitness knowledge or experience. I had very little confidence when going to the gym, and was usually very intimidated. I’ve struggled with injuries, and putting on muscle for years, which Adam was sensitive to. After working with him I was still a skinny guy, but I was able to put on 8 lbs of muscle and drop my body fat from 11% to 8% while building the confidence and knowledge to continue on my own. I will most definitely work with him again in the future! Very knowledgeable, informative, and professional. Thanks Adam!

If you are looking for a challenge and a change Adam is your man. I’ve been working with Adam for a little over three months and I’ve grown in ways I didn’t think were possible. Adam has been extremely patient with me and been amazing to work with. I have struggled with some health issues throughout my training and figured Adam would push me off to the side thinking I was a lost cause. Not Adam, he was patient, took the time make sure I was healthy and adapted to me and made things work. He adapted his training and nutrition to be if it me and help me become stronger and look the best I ever have.
Adam has always been a huge resource for not only workouts but for nutrition and overall wellness. For anyone who is looking for someone that is not only going to push you to reach your goals but to push you physically and mentally Adam is your man. He is easy to talk to and approach, I never once felt like he was judging me but willing to help me grow. If I have a question about a certain workout or food or anything and I see him at the gym, Adam has always been willing to talk to me and explain things to me.
I would recommend Coach Adam to anyone looking for a great personable trainer that will help you reach your goals, smash through that goal and carry on toward the next one.

Adam is always super helpful and very professional. It’s easy to see that he is extremely passionate about what he does and he truly wants his clients to succeed. His programming is versatile and challenging, so you’ll never get bored in the gym. It never fails that his workouts kick my butt everyday ???????? Adam’s programming paired with his nutrition plan have definitely helped me move towards achieving my fitness goals! Would highly recommend to anyone looking to take their fitness to the next level!

I love the convenience of the home workouts. I can log in and have access to them and my meal plan 24/7. Adam has an awesome wealth of knowledge and is great to work with. I can already feel and see the results and I’m excited to keep going! ????????????

Adam is one of the best trainers out there! If you are in the black hills area currently and in need a of a professional who is genuinely authentic I highly recommend Adam. You will not be disappointed.

Seven days ago I started a meal plan I got from Adam. Today, I got on the scale to see how much progress I’ve made. When I first started out Adam’s scale said I weighed 171.6 lbs. I have dropped down to 156.6 lbs! That’s a total of 15 lbs in one week and I haven’t even started my workouts yet! Thirty-one more pounds until I reach that 125 lb mark! Very, very please with my results so far!

I trained with Adam for about a year, and during that time I gained a tremendous amount of knowledge and achieved great results following his guidelines on how to eat and train. One thing I really appreciated is that Adam always took the time to educate me about everything he asked me to do. He doesn’t just tell you and show you what to do, he explains the reason why you should do it and the benefits that come if you stick with it. That was essential for me in helping me achieve my goals. The passion and dedication Adam invests into each of his clients to help them achieve their goals is truly unparalleled when compared to most trainers. If you are looking for someone that is passionate about fitness, that has a vast amount of knowledge on the subject and is always willing to go the extra mile and will stop at nothing to help you achieve your goals, then Adam is the man you are looking for. One thing for sure is if you do train with him be ready to work! he will push you beyond limits that even you don’t know you have.

This ain’t no regular workout but it will keep you pushing yourself more every week to the point you want to puke. But are doable and in my opinion are amazing for nearly anyone out their beginning or even years of experience.

Adam is a GREAT trainer! I have learned so much about fitness and nutrition. I definitely was in a funk with my exercise and he helped me get out of that. I am the strongest I have ever been and can’t wait to keep it up with the AEP daily trainer!

I have struggled for years with my weight and my eating habits. I always knew the crappy diets wouldn’t work in the long term. Adam has given me the biggest tool that I’ve needed for years. He has taught me how to eat right and how to portion my food. I’ve been losing fat and have been gaining muscle. I highly recommend that if you are serious about losing fat and gaining muscle that you should try Adam’s program.

Adam originally got me started into training with a clear defined plan. I started in May of last year at 200lbs with >20% bodyfat. I asked him to help get me to 10% bodyfat. I achieved this with his help by August/September of last year. Since then I have been going my own way, but I will approach Adam for help again. He knows what he is doing, and you will get results with his guidance.

This guy is LEGIT! Got me beyond where I wanted to be in half the time. If you like to workout or not and need someone to point you in the right direction with awesome workouts and nutrition call Adam!!

Black Hills Barbell

Black Hills Barbell is an equipment driven exclusive barbell club outfitted for serious training culture. Featuring top equipment selections and trainer designed to maximize the training experience, and ultimately results are at the forefront of our efforts. We are here to serve members not just with access, but with success at the top of the list. Alpha Elite Physiques heads out the training, nutrition, and programming division. Our supplement division is headlined by Black Hills Supplement Sciences. We are an inclusive option to absolutely take yourself to the next level – whatever that looks like for you.



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