Methodology

Below Parallel initially emerged from an idea to build a training environment where the ultimate pursuit of strength and technique is paramount. Years spent watching people waste their time in commercial gyms with no direction and no knowledge led to the desire to create a space where the true fundamentals of training could be acquired and applied by everyone, without having to rely on cheap equipment, overpay an under-experienced personal trainer, or rely on ridiculous gimmick workouts.

Commercial gyms are filled with machines designed to make difficult movements easier, rather than filling them with people who can teach the difficult movements. We are a barbell club. We rely on the techniques of powerlifting and weightlifting to develop strength, power, and skill. Nobody who decides to train at Below Parallel is just left to their own devices; everyone will know what they’re doing and why.

Training is based around the acquisition of strength and is usually structured over 12 week blocks, with a quarterly testing week. Education and technical improvement are the primary focus for your first 12 weeks and remain the core of all your training. Our strength program is based around the sport of powerlifting, with testing for the squat, bench press and deadlift. Programming for olympic weightlifting and strongman is incorporated for variety and for those who want it, however the gym is equipped for almost anything you need. Additional emphasis is placed continual improvements in movement patterns and joint stability for injury prevention and improved performance.

“Nobody who decides to train at Below Parallel is just left to their own devices; everyone will know what they’re doing and why.”

Meet The Trainers

Beau

Director and S&C Coach

Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science (Hons), ASCA Lv 1, Level 1 Sport Trainer
Level 1 Weightlifting/Sports Power, Cert III/IV Personal Training.

Beau has worked as a PT and S&C coach for 10 years, in Melbourne and Brisbane, training all walks of life. The opening of Below Parallel Barbell Club represents the culmination of many years of training, and represents the core of what training should be about: strength, skill and conditioning.

Likes: Platinum camo
Dislikes: Smith Machines
Training music: Metalcore, hardcore, hip hop, 80’s rock classics.

Matt

Director

A former IT business owner and raw powerlifter, Matt is the furnace of the business side of Below Parallel and has possibly the world’s largest natural quads. When Matt isn’t squatting or perusing the gym floor, you can probably find him in the office playing playstation. A quick yell though the door and he’ll happily be there to offer you a spot.

Likes: Grill’d, people putting their equipment away
Dislikes: High Squats
Training music: Happy hardcore and rave podcasts

Liam

S&C Coach

Certificate III and IV in Fitness, Crossfit Level 1 Certification

Liam has been a fitness coach for over half a decade. He was previously Head Coach at CrossFit Woolloongabba and The Results Room (though we don’t hold his CrossFit background against him). He’s coached finalists through multiple female powerlifting competitions and the Female Arnold’s Strongman Competition. Liam’s training style focuses on Powerlifting Foundations with parts of CrossFit and Olympic Lifting thrown in for good measure.

Likes: Nerdy jokes about history and anatomy
Dislikes: Complaining about the program
Training music: Drum and bass, movie and game soundtracks