Powerlifting and Afterburn Barbell Club
Afterburn has reinvented the gym experience through its amazing and strong community. Unlike other commercial gyms who may ask you to “be a little more quiet”, we encourage lifters through our supportive members who won’t hold themselves from screaming “UP”! The core values of Intensity, Efficiency, Effectiveness, Sustainability and Togetherness created an environment that ultimately captivated people from various athletic backgrounds.
Who is Barbell
Afterburn Barbell Club is a family of diverse individuals who want nothing more than to bring out the best in one another. Our mission statement is to “build a strong community through competitive and recreational barbell training, to provide a positive and inclusive training atmosphere, and to compete as a team in sanctioned Powerlifting meets.Whether you are looking to compete on a team or to learn from the best, this is the place to start your journey. There are a plethora of expereinced coaches who have the resources and knowledge to make you better.
Led by Walter and the exec team, Afterburn Barbell Club presents special events for the powerlifting community each year. The famous Scarbrough Spring Classic held every May, gives OPA powerlifters a chance to compete for great prizes and provincial records. For the non-OPA powerlifters, Jingebars is the meet to be at every Decemeber! Here hundreds of dollars worth of prizes are at stake aswell as special events for anyopne to compete in. Make Afterburn your home for competition prep with all the specialty equipment you need at your disposal.
Notable events, wins
Our members have accumulated quite a few accolades throughout the years. Every year they send dozens of athletes to compete at the provincial and national level. In 2018 they took best team at provincials! They have set several national records and with members taking the podium every year. Teresa Yeung has taken the 57kg national title in 2019 as well as the bronze medal in deadlifts at Worlds. Walter Cariazo has consistently taken the 93kg and 105kg national titles from 2017-2019 as well as competing at Worlds twice. Simone Lai has taken the 47kg national title twice in 2017 and 2019, the bronze medal squat at worlds, and bronze overall medal at Worlds!
Who to contact
If you’re looking for something more, email us at to apply to become part of our competitive team.
Bi-weekly lift nights are held on Friday's! Come and lift some heavy weights with the team. $12 drop in fee applies. Be sure to email the barbell account to register for the night.
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