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 USAPL certified Senior National Coach,  and a USAW certified Advanced Sports Performance Olympic Weightlifting Coach. In addition, Paulie is a USAPL State Referee and a USAW State Referee. SBWC is also a USAW registered Olympic weightlifting club and a USA Powerlifting Platinum Regional Training Center.  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 one 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.

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 applies equally 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 sessions like?

Our sessions are supervised training groups of up to 10 lifters. Each person will be following his or her own program while interacting with the class as a whole. 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 preparatory 3-session Intro to Strength Training private course, or you can do a single Olympic or powerlifting 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 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 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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