Power Lifting Studio

What is Powerlifting?

Powerlifting originated from Olympic lifting back in the 1950ís and quickly gained worldwide popularity. Powerlifters compete in three disciplines, the Squat, the Bench Press and the Deadlift. Athletesí compete against each other in age and weight classes with the highest total of the 3 lifts wins the respective category. For more details about the sport please visit the NIPF website, address on footer.

A fast growing sport

The sport of powerlifting has been growing dramatically in popularity over the last two years. It has also been attracting a significant number of lady athletes to the point that they now make up one quarter of the NIPF membership.

Viking Barbell Club

This growth has encouraged the sportís governing body, the NIPF (Northern Ireland Powerlifting Federation) to help setup Northern Irelandís first Centre of Powerlifting Excellence, the Viking Barbell Club. The club has been set up and managed by Brian Coombes with the support network of the NIPF. Brian is 2012 British Bench Press Champion and multiple record holder. Viking Barbell will have a permanent home in the Powerlifting Studio at the Valley Leisure Centre which will house the latest in competition standard (Eleiko) Powerlifting equipment.

The club will hold classes and seminars on improving strength and lifting techniques tailored to the needs of the individual, sports clubs, schools and sporting bodies as well as experienced lifter looking to improve their lifts. The N.Ireland Powerlifting Team will use the facility for squad and pre-competition sessions and will be holding referee training courses throughout the year.

How to Join the Viking Barbell

Firstly resister as a member with the National Governing Body , the N.Ireland Powerlifting Federation (NIPF), this costs only £30 per year. www.nipfpowerlifting.co.uk/Join.html

Then Viking Barbell Club membership fees will cost just £6.50 per month via direct debit. Or You can pay a one off single yearly fee of £75

Joining the Viking Barbell entitles members to compete locally in the high octane Benchpress / Deadlift or full Powerlifting competitions held quarterly. With the option to progress to British , European and World championships. Joining requirements: Minimum age is 14 and under 18 to be supervised by an adult. Entrance to the Viking Club will be via a photographic membership card and a safety induction issued to new members on joining.

To join please contact: coombes.b@hotmail.com

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