Specialist Powerlifting and Strength Gyms, A/BPU ENDORSED.

There are many excellent Gyms throughout the country – all specialising in Powerlifting and Strength training. Below is a selection we recommend. This list is growing and constantly changing so please check back regularly to look for gyms in your area.

Alternatively, if you have a gym you’d like us to feature – please drop us an email with the details : info@BritishPowerliftingUnion.co.uk

South Coast 

HiRep Gym (Folkestone)


Folkestone’s finest gym without doubt, and has more powerlifting kit than any gym in UK. Everything from competition bars and monolifts to old original Nautilus machines and chrome Ivanko plates. An atmospheric place with kit that you have never even heard of but will love.

Address: 69 Wear Bay Cres, Folkestone CT19 6BA


Performance Fitness Gym. 14 Maple Rd, Eastbourne BN23

Eastbourne’s powerlifting hotbed, PFG has a team of over 15 competitive powerlifters, some competing in extremely high level and all showing extreme skill and tenacity. 2 monolifts, 3 comp benches, all comp bars and plates. Scott and Jo Halliday host competitions for many federations and always welcome new lifters in.

Address: 14 Maple Rd, Eastbourne BN23


London and the South East:

Bulks Power and Strength Gym (Gravesend, Kent)

Run by Emmy Louise, one of the countries best female powerlifters in multiple weight categories – Bulks caters for everyone through Powerlifting, Strongman, and Fitness.
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Bridge Road Barbell, 2, Bridge Industrial Estate, Bridge Rd, Camberley GU15

Another one of A/BPU’s hosting gyms, BBB boasts massive amounts of specialty bars, monolifts, all comp spec equipment imaginable and several specialty items. Owned by a very enthusiastic competitive athlete, the facility offers a great environment and a team of several equipped lifters.


South West

Platform Gym (Barnstaple)

Owned by one of A/BPU’s record holders, Steve Middleton-Lowes, Platform Gym is a facility that has everything. It is for commercial use, has specialty kit for powerlifting and enough space for strongman and performance training. Great facility with great equipment, it is well worth a visit when down in Devon!

Address: Unit 1, Riverside road, Pottington industrial estate, EX31 1QN


349 Barbell (Salisbury)

Adam Hindle’s new, powerlifting centred gym in Salisbury. Amazing and passionate team of equipped and RAW lifters of all levels, hands on coaching and great kit. Chalk and shouting not only allowed but required!

Address: Unit 2, Highpost business centre, Salisbury

East Midlands and North :

Olympic Sport Gym (Manchester – Ashton Under Lyne )

Owned by the infamous Clegg family, including Commonwealth weightlifters, strongman competitors and professional football players, this facility offers all you need for performance training.

Address: Portland St S, Ashton-under-Lyne OL6 7SX


Ultraflex Gym, 175 Effingham St, Rotherham S65 1BL

Owned by IFBB Pro bodybuilder Kuba Cielen, the Northern gem has some of the best bodybuilding and powerlifting kit in UK. Comp bars, monolift, over 1200kg of calibrated plates and more accessory equipment you can ask for. Home of one of A/BPU’s biggest regional qualifiers and some top UK lifters!


Strength Therapy (Manchester-Salford)

Coach Andrzej Roszkowski’s dream setup. Semi-private gym that has some world class athletes using it as their base. The gym has been visited by names like Ed Coan, Charles Poliquin and Mateusz Kieliszkowski. Boasting 2 monolifts, competition kit in abundance and over half a dozen Eleiko power bars, this facility sees 400kg deadlifts and squats week in week out. As hardcore as it gets.

Address: 9 Choir St, Salford M7 1ZD


Strength Lab, 67-83 Bridge St, Northampton NN1 1PD

Strength Lab is a new, big and comprehensively equipped gym hosting A/BPU competitions and famous for its caged, dedicated powerlifting area! Mono, comp kit to cater all needs and comic book graphics on the wall. What’s not to like?


East of England

Mammoth Power Gym (Lowestoft)

Mammoth is the strongest gym in the East! Monolift, comp bench, calibrated plates and specialty bars. Any day of the week you will find competitive lifters at Mammoth, and they are the newest host of A/BPU competitions!

Address: 235 Whapload Rd, Lowestoft NR32 1UL


DL Fitness, 207 Wellington Rd, Rhyl LL18 1LR

Dayle Longford is the top -90kg class competitor in UK. Boasting a 350+ squat and deadlift (RAW!) and 500lbs+ RAW bench, he is a contender for the best -90kg raw lifter in the world!

His gym has everything a powerlifter can dream of: 2 monolifts, comp bars, comp plates, good atmosphere and quality coaching. The home of several annual competitions, DL Fitness is th place for powerlifting in North Wales.


Pembrokeshire Powerlifting Club

South Wales’ headquarters for A/BPU competitions, headed by Aaron Hosking, the Irish Pro winner of 2019 and owner of 1000kg+ powerlifting total! Monolift, comp bars and plates are all available in this old school facility, that is situated in an old school!

Address: Unit 2, The old school, CRESSELLY, Pembrokeshire, SA68 0SP





Powerlifting Coaches

The coaches we have listed are all people who have excelled in the sport, have 10 years+ of international competing experience at a high level and are “time served” in the sport. 

There are many coaches out there who are still effectively novices. Although there are many who are effective, we can only offer recommendations for people who have a long history in the sport competitively, achieved an exceptional level in competition at international standard and that we have also seen the results on platform with their clients. 

In no particular order: 

Andy Bolton (the first man to ever deadlift 1000lbs….. ever….) 

Based in Leeds. https://andyboltonstrength.com/

Delroy McQueen – outstanding lifter and with 30 years Olympic and powerlifting international reputation. 

Based in Eastbourne https://www.facebook.com/themcqueenmethod/

Kalle Ylitalo-James – international bench press specialist in Raw and Equipped. Beched 402.5kg currently and going up…. 

Manchester based. Email is info@britishpowerliftingunion.co.uk. 

Dayle Longford – one of the all time strongest 90kg male RAW lifters with years of top level competing experience at international level. 

Based in Rhyl, North Wales. http://dl-fitness.co.uk/contact.html

They all offer online coaching as well.