Try Out Below Parallel With A Free Trial Week

Includes 3 x Assessment Sessions

Whether you’re new to strength training or looking to refine your technique, Below Parallel caters to lifters of all abilities in a supportive and inclusive environment.

One of our trainers will look at your squat, bench, and deadlift in your first week to see opportunities for improvement so you can safely and effectively transition into our regular programming.

  • 24/7 gym access
  • New programs weekly
  • Track and monitor your progress through the app
  • Supervision from qualified trainers and exercise scientists

About Below Parallel Barbell Club

Qualified Powerlifting & Strongman Coaching

Weekly Tailored Program

Track Your Training & Access Programs Through Our App

Located Centrally in Fortitude Valley

Competition Grade Equipment

Onsite Parking & 24/7 Access

The Trainers

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.

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.

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.

Free Introductory Week & 3 Coached Sessions

Trial Below Parallel with your first week plus first 3 sessions in that week on us, to ensure we’re the right fit for each other.

We’ll look at your bench, squat, and deadlift to best assess where to get you started.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is powerlifting?

If you were to ask Beau (head trainer / bearded man #1) he would tell you it’s ‘the one true sport’, but more specifically it is a sport / training regimen that focuses on achieving the heaviest weight possible for one rep of your squat, bench, and deadlift.

Is powerlifting safe?

As safe as any other sport (and certainly safer than some…). Our emphasis is on form and technique – meaning the weights on the bar don’t go up until your technique is bang on.

This minimises the risk of any injury but also primarily helps you progress in the sport.

Is your gym female-friendly?

We actually have a pretty even male / female split at Below Parallel.

There are plenty of women training out of our gym, and everyone follows the same program as it is based off your level and 1RM at any given time.

Do you offer classes?

No. We don’t offer classes or have a regimented schedule, but each and every week you will have access to a new program.

You workout on your own schedule, and providing you come between 5.30am and 7pm there will be coaches onsite to assist with anything you’re unsure about.

I'm new to strength-training... is the gym right for me?

We can certainly cater to those new to lifting, and we’ve had plenty of novice lifters through the gym.

The caveat, of course, is that you actually want to be strength-training. If you’re looking to tone or just get a bit fitter, powerlifting may not be the right fit for you.

Didn't find the answer?

Just head to our contact page if you’ve got a more specific question, or better yet, come into the gym for a chat.