The South Brooklyn Weightlifting Club (SBWC) is a privately owned black iron gym. It was founded in 2010 by Paulie Steinman, a competitive power lifter, a certified Starting Strength Coach, and a USAW certified club-level Olympic weightlifting coach. SBWC is also a USAW registered Olympic weightlifting club. It is the only dedicated Olympic weightlifting and power lifting gym in the 5 boroughs of New York.

getting started

First of all, what is a black iron gym?

A black iron gym is a gym that is primarily comprised of free weights and barbells thereby eliminating the need for weight machines, gimmicks, trends, fancy (boring) cardio, or the like. Our facility is probably very similar to one that your grandparents might have belonged to.

OK, that makes sense, but why would I want to train the way that my grandparents did?

Simply put, old school barbell training works! At SBWC we focus on multi-joint, full-body movements that maximize your body’s potential to get strong, increase bone density, and move in a productive and functional manner. This equally applies for men and women.

I’ve heard a lot of stories about gyms like these. Will I get a hard time if I am small, weak, or if I am a woman?

Absolutely not! SBWC offers a fun and inclusive training environment. Classes are always monitored by an experienced coach. Lifters train in a supportive team-like atmosphere where everyone shares the same goal.

What are your classes like?

Our classes are supervised training sessions of up to 12 lifters. Each person will be following his or her own program while interacting with the whole group. Often there are several lifters who are doing the same work, even if the weights are different. A coach runs the session and gives cues, provides spots, and guides each person through training. He will make sure that everyone is getting the right amount of rest, being safe, and pushing themselves. It is a fun, supportive, and inspiring environment.

Great…I’m interested. So, seriously, how do I get started now?

E-mail Paulie! If you don’t have any experience lifting, haven’t done it in a while, or want to change from one type of lifting to the other (Olympic or Power), there are a few options. You can sign up for an introductory 3-session Starting Strength private course, or you can do a single Olympic or Power Lifting private session. If you are ready to jump into Open classes, sign up for an available time slot. Paulie will want to talk to you one-on-one to find out more about your athletic history, goals, and to find out about any physical concerns, so be prepared!

competitive lifting teams

We have our own competitive Power Lifting team and our own competitive Olympic Weightlifitng team.  Please contact us to learn more about our competitive lifting teams.

private coaching and programming

Yes, both are available. If you are looking to get started with Starting Strength, learn or improve your Olympic lifts, or you are just in search of some technical guidance on you existing program, please contact us for more details.


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