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About Doc's Gym

If improving health is important to you I can help. Look better, feel better, and move more efficiently. Training is a science I have studied for more than thirty years. You benefit from this experience in any way you want. I train international class athletes and everyday people looking for improvement. Training is fun! Exercise is boring. Strength is health.


Washington, DC 20015


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  • 5/5 stars

    Bill Dougherty is an expert strength trainer. He possesses extensive knowledge and experience, which he applies to an individualized training regime. For those who are committed to improving their health and fitness, Bill delivers impressive results.
    In my case, we focus on core strength. To achieve correct form we discuss how the various muscles engage in the execution of exercises. This knowledge along with Bill’s focused scrutiny has made me much stronger and this has been achieved without injury. With Bill’s guidance, I have established a disciplined exercise routine and an improved lifestyle. Now, well into my 50’s, I more fit than ever and I have never felt better.

  • 5/5 stars

    Working out with Bill was so informative and productive. He was very knowledgable and patient with us - we had never worked out with free weights before. Bill was able to help my husband's posture through our workouts and was careful to be sure we never injured ourselves. I would recommend him to anyone looking for an excellent weight trainer!

  • 5/5 stars

    Before training with Bill, I trained on my own using a Starting Strength-type program for a few months. After a while, I began to stall on all the lifts, and couldn't progress. I felt I needed an experienced lifter to give me some pointers and get me past my plateau.

    Bill has done just that, in addition to teaching me the power lifts, which I was too intimidated to try on my own. He's very good at explaining what he sees and giving you just enough to think about on the next set to improve. His rates are also quite reasonable.

    William D. from Doc's Gym replied to this review on November 11, 2013:

    Thank you Rachel!

    Rachel is dedicated. She works on what she needs. She is very consistent.

  • 5/5 stars

    I started working with Bill over 3 years ago. He is extremely dedicated to helping be become better fit and healthier. His knowledge of the practical side of all aspects of health have had a significant impact on my well-being. The advice goes beyond just exercise and strength. It includes proper eating habits as well. I am fit and healthy because of the time and effort Bill put into my life. I would recommend him to anyone interested in improving how the feel and how they look.

    William D. from Doc's Gym replied to this review on November 10, 2013:

    Thank you Michael! Michael is a busy professional. He follows the workouts well and reaps the benefits. Making a team effort builds solid results.

  • 5/5 stars

    I worked with Bill for almost a decade. He is extraordinarily knowledgeable about powerlifting programs, workout techniques, avoiding injury, and everything needed for a good strength program. I would recommend him to anyone.

    William D. from Doc's Gym replied to this review on November 10, 2013:

    Thank you Rich! Rich is a very busy professional. He had limited time and made the most of his physical efforts. After understanding instructions he followed them very well.

Question and answer

Q. What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

A. I always improve my certifications. I participate in workshops and conferences every year.

Q. Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.

A. My pricing is simple. Individual sessions, ten packs, and twenty packs.

Q. How did you get started doing this type of work?

A. I read a book written by the man who started personal training certification. He was my coach. He told us to make a career of fitness. Do not just do it until the next "real" job is available.

Q. What types of customers have you worked with?

A. I make people healthier (stronger, leaner, and more coordinated). Many people are looking for weight loss. Others are looking for strength improvements. I meet people where they are and get them where they want to be.

Q. Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?

A. I moved back to Washington, D.C., from California. I grew up here and a year in CA was more than enough time away from my home town.

Q. What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?

A. I would hope to know that people who care help more.

Q. What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?

A. Strength is health. Improvements in full body strength indicate a healthy organism. If full body strength is not improving, health must be addressed from another angle.

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