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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. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.

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 three recent jobs you've completed.

A. I made two world class weightlifters. I moved across the country. I left a company which had a different focus than I did.

Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

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

Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?

A. Training science exists. It has been working for elite athletes and everyday people for almost a century. The best science comes from the former Soviet Union. This science is available to trainers on the internet.

Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?

A. What is hard work? How hard will I need to work to reach my goals? How long will it take to reach my goals?

Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?

A. Training is a multi year endeavor. Exercise lasts weeks. Training is a lifetime commitment. Training is developmental. Exercise is only stressful.

Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?

A. I have been in this service for all of my adult life. I developed a service plan when I was eighteen and continue to develop this plan at forty-six years of age. I am more experienced than most trainers. Also, I have participated in a world championships as an athlete.

Q. What do you like most about your job?

A. I enjoy helping people.

Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

A. "How should I lose weight?"
Do not lose weight. Lose body fat. Staying at the same weight and making the system more muscular is an improvement in health.

Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?

A. Life is the great adventure. What might be a great story to me seems mundane to another. Every story is a great story to someone.

Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?

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.

Q. How did you decide to get in your line 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. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.

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. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?

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

Q. What are the latest developments in your field? Are there any exciting things coming in the next few years or decade that will change your line of business?

A. Full body exercises are better than isolation exercises. I will continue to educate those interested in injury avoidance. Work smart not just hard.

Q. Describe your most recent project, what it involved, how much it cost, and how long it took.

A. I am opening a gym, in D.C. This project is ongoing. It will take several more months for the gym to be completely opened.

Q. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.

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

Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?

A. Participate in a competitive sport. If you are training to reach specific goals you understand more fully how to help someone else do the same.

Q. What is your greatest strength?

A. I am reliable.

Q. What are you currently working on improving?

A. I need to learn how to market my skills.

Q. Write your own question and answer it.

A. What is fitness?

Fitness is the ability to meet the needs of everyday life, with ease, and have a reserve for emergency situations.

Q. Write your own question and answer it.

A. What does endurance have to do with my fitness?

There are two major types of endurance. Local muscular endurance and cardio vascular endurance. Marathon runners need both. Weightlifters need CV endurance more than local muscular endurance. Fitness is individual and we need to plan accordingly.

Q. Write your own question and answer it.

A. What is strength?

Strength is the foundation of all things physical. Strength is the only component of physical fitness that directly affects everything else.

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