Give your workout a lift at a new strength gym

New state-of-the-art facility built upon supportive, inclusive foundation is unique on the Island

Victoria Barbell welcomes people of all experience levels to its Colwood gym.

If you’re looking for a new way to build muscle/strength, or move past that weight-loss plateau, a new strength training facility in Colwood has a few ideas to help you achieve your goals.

Creating a welcoming environment for all

While brothers Jeremy and Jason Klaus compete at a high level, they’re also personal trainers, and emphasize the positive and inclusive nature of their Victoria Barbell gym for all abilities. “You don’t have to be strong to come here,” Jeremy says, noting they have clients in their 60s who enjoy powerlifting as a way to build muscle, improve bone density and lose weight.

“We’ve only been open a short time and we’ve already had people tell us they love coming here because of the friendly, supportive environment, the large variety of equipment and the specialty bars,” Jason notes.

It’s not a traditional gym

You won’t find many weight machines or rows of treadmills at Victoria Barbell Club… What you will find is a large variety of barbells, bands/chains, specialty equipment such as a belt squat machine, reverse hyperextension, dumbbells up to 190lbs, powerlifting and Olympic platforms, competition benches and so much more.

You’ll also find that Victoria Barbell is a supportive, welcoming environment for everyone from first-timers to competitive athletes of all ages.

The team behind the vision

Jeremy and Jason today are both national-level powerlifters but came to the sport with different goals several years ago.

For Jason, powerlifting was a way to lose weight and gain strength, while Jeremy was wanting to build size and strength for his then-125-pound frame, which is now 200 pounds. They both appreciated the welcoming environment, from training in the gym right through to competitions – something they hadn’t always seen in other sports. “Even at that competitive level, everyone around you is so supportive and encouraging,” Jeremy says.

Personal training and continuing education

Victoria Barbell also offers personal training, coaching/programming and workshops, for both newcomers and those wanting to take their training to the next level.

Powerlifting is based on compound movements that engages multiple muscle groups with minimal movement patterns.

“We got our dad into lifting less than a year ago and he has now lost over 70 pounds and is off his blood pressure medication and able to walk without his cane,” says Jason.

Another client – a marathon runner in her 50s – is cross-training with powerlifting and has moved up a running group after having 1-on-1 personal training with Jeremy. He’s helped her bring up some weaknesses to help improve her overall strength in and outside of the gym.

Whether you’re new to training or an experienced lifter, Victoria Barbell welcomes you, no matter what age. Drop by to check out the new facility and Jason or Jeremy will be happy to show you around.

Visit Victoria Barbell at #105-2675 Wilfert Rd. in Colwood, across from Lee Valley.

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