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Barbell Club (Queen Mary)

Want to be strong and athletic while looking good? Look no further and seek out the Barbell Club!

We are a close knit of like-minded men and women seeking to push our physical and mental limits in either of two weight lifting disciplines: Olympic weightlifting and Powerlifting.

Olympic Weightlifting is an Olympic sport in which the athlete attempts two types of maximal single explosive lifts (the clean and jerk and the snatch). Weightlifters primarily seek to hone the technique of these competition lifts along with improving flexibility, balance, agility and lower body strength.

Powerlifting is a sport aiming to maximally lift weights on the squat, bench press and deadlift. Powerlifters typically adopt an all rounded whole body strength training programme.

Whether you are interested in Olympic weightlifting or Powerlifting, Queen Mary and Barts and the London’s strongest society welcomes all regardless of age, experience level and gender. We will provide you with all the equipment, coaching and competition experience you need to fuel your passion!

Training

Olympic Weightlifting

  • Training: Tue/Thur 7-9pm & Sat 11-2pm @ Qmotion Performance studio

Note: due to limited capacity of the training sessions please contact Mark Morrison before turning up (m.morrison@qmul.ac.uk).

Powerlifting

  • Training times: 7pm-9pm on Wednesdays @ Qmotion Performance studio

****A Qmotion membership is required to access the facility for any training sessions**

 

If you would like to learn Olympic weightlifting contact Mark Morrison m.morrison@qmul.ac.uk or speak to a fitness trainer at Qmotion for a one-to-one taster session.

Olympic weightlifting training sessions are primarily for students wanting to represent the club at London and British University Weightlifting competitions.

Equipment: No equipment needed initially

Commitment levels required: Trainings at least three times weekly and participation in a competition at least once a year.

Competitions

Olympic Weightlifting:

The BWL London and South East Series takes place tri-monthly culminating in the London and South East Championships throughout the year.

Our biggest event for the year is the BWL British University & College Championships, where we compete against weightlifters from other universities.

Powerlifting:

Powerlifters compete in the Qmotion powerlifting competition, GBPF Greater London Regionals and British University Championships.

We also have competitive powerlifters who participate in the GBPF All England Nationals.

How to get involved

  1. Like the Facebook page and get in contact with the club committee members.
  2. New members may participate in a week of trial sessions before deciding.
  3. Purchase your subs (£5) at the Hub (Mile End), BLSA reception (Whitechapel) or online.
  4. Enjoy! Take part in the sessions, and compete in the matches.

Personal Fitness

QMSU offers a gym on the Mile End campus, Qmotion, as well as a sister-gym in Charterhouse Square, Fitness to Practice, both with competitive student membership rates. This is ideal for students who want to purchase a gym membership - which is separate from a Club Sport subs - to improve and maintain peak physical fitness.

With every gym membership, you get a free 60 minute one-to-one session with trained instructors which includes:

  • A personalised gym programme tailored to your own fitness goals;
  • A full demonstration of exercise and techniques, and guidance on resistance machines;
  • Information and advice on nutrition;
  • A 60 minute review session every 6-8 weeks to re-evaluate and re-customise a new programme to avoid plateaus.

Contact details

President: John Tjoakarfa (j.tjoakarfa@smd14.qmul.ac.uk)

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