The best equipped strength training facility in Brussels and the first Starting Strength Affiliate in Europe. Regardless of age, experience or current level of activity, there IS a weight at which you can safely start your journey towards building incredible strength. Expert coaching from a Starting Strength Coach and a private rack, platform and equipment is guaranteed every time you walk through door. There is no better place to train than Brussels Barbell.
Strength is at the core of everything we do — all day, every day because it is the most general and fundamental physical adaptation we can make. Whether we’re carrying boxes, playing with kids, grocery shopping or participating in sports, the foundation is always the same: it starts with strength.
People who are strong experience increased energy, stamina, coordination, balance, mental vigor and power. It’s the basis of health — both physically and mentally — and the most important change you can make for a high quality of life. So ... are you ready to get strong?
Squat, press, bench and deadlift. From your very first session with us, you’ll learn all the terminology and how a barbell will reshape your body — every muscle, ligament, bone and tendon. The barbell is proven to be by far the most efficient tool for building strength, as it loads the body in a systemic way that cannot be duplicated by any other machine or fitness tool. We begin at a weight that’s right for you (maybe even no weight!) and coach you to achieve a strength you never knew possible.
How We Do It
At Brussels Barbell, we do things a little differently. Don’t expect a spin studio, hot yoga classes, or smoothie bars. We don’t have rows of cardio machines, and we don’t treat the gym like a fashion runway. There are no elastic bands, medicine balls, or kettlebells, and you won’t spend time performing random, inefficient exercises because your time matters, and we won’t waste it. We’re here for one purpose: to get strong. Whether you’re young or old, beginner or advanced, we look forward to supporting you in your journey.
The Starting Strength Method
Brussels Barbell is proud to be the first and only Starting Strength Affiliate in Europe. No other facility in Belgium guarantees its members a private platform, rack, bars, plates and access to expert coaching from a Starting Strength Coach — every time they train.
Our sessions are held in a small group setting, with no more than 6 people training at the same time. This allows us to offer personal, targeted, one-on-one attention, while also having fun in an environment that’s supportive and encouraging. Every work set you perform is meticulously and actively coached by a Starting Strength Coach.
“Starting Strength Affiliates are exceptional places to train. Managed by Starting Strength Coaches who have been evaluated for their expertise in instruction and their understanding of the Starting Strength method, a Starting Strength affiliation is your assurance of a quality training experience, whether you join as a member or are just in the area for the week. Expert coaching, the finest equipment, and a helpful attitude toward your training goals are all part of the experience at a Starting Strength Affiliate.”
Ausra, Brussels Barbell Member
“I reached out to Steve right after the first lockdown, as I realized I wasn’t physically and mentally ready for any global disasters. After a few months of real coaching and training with Steve, I managed to achieve what a couple of years of intense post-ACL surgery rehab in some fanciest-in-town sports physiotherapy establishments and self-training hadn’t allowed me to: not only I finally gained all my strength back, I am stronger than ever before.”
Neil, Brussels Barbell Member
Steve took me from not even knowing where to position the bar on my back to squatting 120kgs for sets across with ease. A natural coach whose attention to detail ensures you develop the right technique to maximize your lifts and minimize injury risk. No false promises, just a sure-fire way to get you stronger.
Mike, Brussels Barbell Member
Steve introduced me to strength training two years ago. He is a total professional and his enthusiasm and commitment is highly infectious. I have gone from ‘ground zero’ to confidently lifting weights I would never have dreamed possible. I cannot imagine having achieved this with anyone other than Steve. He can be tough, in terms of wanting that extra effort from me to achieve a new personal best. At the same time, I know he puts in a lot of effort to ensure that my training program is 100% geared to be what’s right for me personally.
If you are anything like me, under Steve’s guidance you will make great progress, find that your body is much improved, AND enjoy lifting.
Merit, Brussels Barbell Member
I have tried most of the workouts out there, from all sorts of group classes to "exercising" in the gym to the most intense yoga. But nothing compares to barbell training.
You will see progress immediately and, most importantly, long-term, both in terms of numbers and how you feel and look. This will keep you motivated and consistent in your training. This is non-negotiable, as I want to see progress in return for the time and effort I put into anything in my life. And you will want to have a coach that understands that and cares. Steve is extremely knowledgeable as a coach (he will get into minute detail about anatomy and biomechanics explaining why a certain movement is done the way it is) and you'll know exactly what you will be doing, how and why.
Andras, Brussels Barbell Member
I started to train with Steve a few years ago, after being stuck at the same level for years. I’m not as consistent as I'd like to be, but now I can move weights more than twice as much as when I started. It’s not just the increased strength - this knowledge I can use in other sports and everyday activities. Most importantly, though I work in an office, sitting over eight hours in front of the screen, I have never had any pain in my back or joints.
Your health and safety are our top priority, and we have introduced various measures to ensure our gym is as hygienic as possible.
In line with government regulations, we have capped a maximum number of people permitted in the gym at the same time, and nobody will enter your personal space while you train. Our equipment is spaced out to ensure a minimum 1.5m distance between people, and everything is sanitized between training sessions. We’re learning and adapting with the regulations as they evolve, so if you have any feedback or questions about our COVID-19 safety measures, please contact us!