About Us

The South Brooklyn Weightlifting Club (SBWC) is a privately owned black iron gym. It was founded in 2010 by Paulie Steinman. SBWC is also a USAW registered Weightlifting club and a USA Powerlifting Platinum Regional Training Center.  It is the oldest, dedicated powerlifting and weightlifting gym in the 5 boroughs of New York.

Getting Started

First of all, what is a black iron gym?
A black iron gym is one that is comprised primarily of free weights and barbells which eliminates the need for weight machines, gimmicks, trends, fancy (boring) cardio, or the like. Our facility is probably very similar to a physical culture center that your grandparents might have belonged to.


Why would I want to train the way my grandparents did?
Simply put, old school barbell training works! It benefits overall health. 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 applies equally for men and women.


I’ve heard a lot of stories about gyms like this. Will I get a hard time if I am small, weak, or a woman?
Absolutely not! SBWC offers a fun and inclusive zen-like 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 training sessions like?
Our sessions are supervised training groups of up to 10 lifters. Each person will be following an established program while interacting with the class as a whole. Often there are several lifters who are following the same regime, although their weight loads may be different. A coach runs the session and gives cues, calls for spots, and guides each person through the workout. He will make sure that everyone is getting the right amount of rest, being safe, and pushing themselves. It is a supportive and inspiring environment.

We liken SBWC to a dojo. We want everyone to enjoy training but, at the same time, to take it seriously. Expect honest feedback. In order to get the most out of your experience here you should be prepared to stay focused on lifting and to be present! Forget all the other worries of your day, put away your cellphone, and soak it all in.


Great! I’m interested. How do I get started?
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 (Power Lifting or Weightlifting), there are a few options. You can sign up for a preparatory 3-session private course, or you can do a single powerlifting or weightlifting private session. If you have some experience already, we will take you through a mandatory evaluation so that we have a clear picture of you as a lifter. Regardless of your background, 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 Powerlifting team.  Please contact us to learn more about this.

Private Coaching and Programming

Yes, both are available. If you are looking to get started with strength training, 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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