Most of the people who train with us have never before lifted weights in a serious way, and most come to us as part of a larger rehabilitative, therapeutic, or developmental program. Powerlifting is not necessarily a skill they're seeking when we first meet. So when clients step into the gym for the first time, we make them feel safe, comfortable, and in control.

Before we put weight on a bar, we talk about a lot of things – what "strong" is, what powerlifting can do for body and mind, gym etiquette, the culture of the sport, and our own personal experiences with failure and loss.

This video, recorded during South Brooklyn Weightlifting Club's Introduction to Powerlifting class, shows Coaches Paulie and Becca welcoming a group of new lifters and preparing them for the work ahead. This is the kind of counseling that happens throughout the Beat the Weight sessions.


BarBend, the online home for all things strength, visited us during a training session and wrote about what they saw. Click through below.