Welcome to Barbell Club

Welcome to the University of Leeds Barbell Club; the strongest club on campus and BUCS 2022 silver medalists. If you're interested in the gym and fitness this is the club for you, whether you're a complete beginner or advanced lifter, we cater for everyone! Our primary goal as a club is to host a friendly, supportive, and inclusive community, with a 50/50 gender split, for members to meet like-minded people to train with, chat with and learn from. We run 4 training sessions per week and offer a huge variety of socials every week.

We are pleased to announce that we have been crowned the 2023 Northern University Championships team winners!

BUCS: please check out the ‘products’ and ‘news’ sections to find out how to enter BUCS.


We offer 2 sessions per week - both coached!

Coached group sessions are split into 1 Powerlifting and 1 Weightlifting session. These sessions are aimed at both complete beginners and competitive lifters to learn how to safely and effectively lift in these styles in a safe and supportive environment. Sessions are led by accredited national Powerlifting & Weightlifting coaches and take place in the Gryphons S&C Room in The Edge.

Uncoached/open sessions are a less-structured time for everyone to come and train together with the whole gym to ourselves, no matter what activity you're doing. These sessions are for you to do you own thing, whether its Powerlifting, Weightlifting, Strongman, Parapowerlifting, CrossFit, Bodybuilding, Conditioning or General Fitness. These sessions are held at Implexus Gym, LS12 2QG.

But what are Powerlifting & Weightlifting?

Powerlifting focuses on the squat, bench press and deadlift, whereas Weightlifting focuses on the snatch and clean & jerk Olympic movements. These are the performance aspects of our club, where we send squads to regional and national competitions. We are the first and only university club to become an official British Powerlifting Approved Club.

Do I need to be a member of The Edge & Implexus to go to training sessions?

No, gym entry is included in your membership during our training times. You will only have to get separate gym memberships if you wish to train outside of our sessions.

How do I sign up to sessions?

Links to sign up to sessions will be included in the weekly email, sent to your student email address every Sunday at 6pm. Slots are limited to 15 members at one time. Slots fill up quickly, so be on it and cancel early if you need to. You can go to as many or as few sessions as you wish! Due to popularity, we operate a 2 strikes and your out policy for missing sessions without cancelling prior.

How strong do you have to be to join?

There are no set levels of strength you have to be at to join, we cater for everyone no matter how much experience they have. Coached sessions are primarily targeted at beginners so these are a great starting point.

Training Schedule

Wednesday 14:00-16:00 Weightlifting @  Cromer Terrace

Thursday 15:00-17:00  Powerlifting @ Cromer Terrace


You can purchase your club T-shirt and singlet under the products tab on here!

Hoodies? Jackets? Shorts? Leggings? Polo? Joggers? Puffa Jacket? Bag? We’ve got all that too!

You can get the rest of your UoL Barbell Club kit here.


Our full membership is just £60 (which is an absolute steal for what you get) for the whole year and our social membership is £30. The social membership includes access to socials, seminars and our group chat. The full membership also includes access to training. A single semester full membership is £30. As a member you also get the following perks:


  • Heavily discounted custom UOL Barbell A7 competition singlet.
  • Discounted group travel & accommodation to local and BUCS competitions as part of the UOL squad.
  • Priority entry into the Northern University Championships powerlifting competition.
  • Free entry into our in-house unofficial novice Powerlifting & Weightlifting competitions.
  • Heavily discounted physiotherapy sessions at The Edge.
  • Discounted rates on SBD (20%) and Eleiko (25%) kit.
  • Financial support for international (IPF & IWF) athletes.
  • Financial support towards level 1 & 2 NGB coaching courses.


How do I upgrade to a full membership?

To get a full membership first purchase a £30 ‘standard membership’ (this is your social membership), then under products purchase a £30 ‘full membership upgrade’.

Remember to follow us at University of Leeds Barbell Club on Facebook and @LeedsBarbell on Instagram! If you have any questions feel free to DM us and check out our FAQ's Instagram highlight!

We look forward to seeing you at training and social events. Stay strong 💪🏼