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women in barbell

At Warwick Barbell we have a likeminded group of female lifters who form their own tight knit community as well as being firmly integrated within the club.

We aim to remove the stigma surrounding women lifting weights by providing an inclusive and welcoming environment within the club where every single member is supported. Lifting weights not only has a tonne of physical and mental benefits but is also loads of fun and we believe this is something as many people as possible, regardless of their gender, should have the opportunity to experience.

Barbell is a club for anyone who has an interest in lifting weights. This means that the club contains people with a broad range of lifting experience from complete beginners to members who compete on a regular basis. Whatever your lifting ability and experience, you are part of the barbell family and encouraged by the whole club in achieving your goals. Last year, for example, many members decided to test their maxes on their lifts during our November interval meet and it was an amazing atmosphere with lots of cheering and support from members.

Alongside all the usual events we also run regular female only training sessions and socials such as coffee mornings and meals out. These help to cultivate the fantastic female community that we have and are a great way to meet other girls who lift!

Overall, barbell women are a very friendly and inspiring group both inside and outside the gym. We are well represented within the club with an increasing number of female lifters as well as being represented in our Exec by our Secretary and Welfare Officer Madi and our Women's and Campaigns Officer, Sophie. It is always a nice feeling to see another girl you know in the weights section and the barbell family offers just this.

Hello fellow lifters! My name is Sophie and I am Warwick Barbell's Women's and Campaigns Officer. My primary aim as Women's Officer is to continue increasing female and non-binary representation in our club, as well as act as a point of contact and advice for other lifters. 


I have always been quite an active person throughout my childhood and teenage years, but I struggled to find a sport that suited me the most. I joined the gym at the Sports and Wellness Hub in my first year and was immediately intrigued by the world of bodybuilding, weightlifting and powerlifting. Since joining the gym and barbell, I've developed and answered a myriad of questions regarding training and fulfilled the need to interact with other lifters with similar interests to me. This has been invaluable to my progress and confidence within the

gym,  as I finally feel like I belong to a larger group. As Women’s Officer, I want to ensure that this remains the case as in my opinion, it is one of the best things about barbell and something I am really grateful for.

Being Women's Officer means a lot to me as a female lifter in a male dominated sport. Starting off as an intimidated gym goer, I felt like I was diving into unfamiliar territory, but Warwick Barbell's female community welcomed me with open arms. I strive towards making other women feel included and represented, while explaining that strength is relative.

I am committed to ensuring the female community remains strong and well-integrated within the club as well as to encouraging female participation in competitions. This is of course optional and there is no pressure to compete, but if you are at all interested it is a really enjoyable experience that I would highly recommend giving it a go!

Please feel free to seek me out at the gym (I will most likely be there too many times a week :) ) and send me a message on Instagram (@sophi_elifts @sophiehdj) if you would like any advice and a chat!

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