About Us

Belfast Barbell Club is a Weightlifting Club within the walls of Reebok Crossfit Northern Ireland (RCFNI). We have two licensed level 2 Coaches and Technical Officials and are a British Weightlifting Affiliate.


The original ‘Barbell Club’ was founded by Stephen Forbes in 2016 to help promote the sport within RCFNI. This was originally one day a week to help members with technique. Since then the club has expanded due to increasing interest and popularity to its current state.

In 2017 the club grew to three sessions a week to allow members to follow a weightlifting programming, as well as Jimmy joining the coaching team.

In 2018 the club also broadened its scope to include members outside the RCFNI community and transformed to Belfast Barbell Club, offering members a variety of options from coached sessions to additional programming.


Belfast Barbell Club has members of all abilities from those looking to do it for enjoyment or general wellbeing to a weightlifting team who have competed locally and internationally.

We aim to coach and develop weightlifters to the highest level possible for each individual, working with each member to ensure safe, efficient and correct technique. All athletes will be encouraged to reach new skill levels and achieve PB’s in the lifts.

Weightlifting - Group Classes - Remote Programming - Individual Programming - Video Analysis - One on One Coaching

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You should always consult your doctor or other healthcare provider before starting an exercise programme. By purchasing one of our services or participating in our classes you understand that there is a risk of injury associated with taking part in and using this coaching service. By purchasing a service or participating in class you will assume full responsibility for any and all injuries, losses and damages that you or items belonging to you incur, and waive all claims against Belfast Barbell Club and its coaching staff while following this service. 

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