The 10 Best Powerlifting Gyms in Sydney - Men's Health Magazine Australia

The 10 Best Powerlifting Gyms in Sydney

Where to go to get your bench, squat and deadlift on.

Part of the beauty of fitness is the fact there is something for everyone. Enjoy the fresh air? Cross country runs and trail hiking is for you. Love the feeling of taking your aggression out during your workout? Give boxing or MMA a try. And if you enjoy nothing more than moving heavy weights and grunting your way to a new PB, powerlifting is the sport for you. 

Powerlifting has a rich history dating as far back as the Ancient Greeks. It is a strength-based sport that comprises three ‘lifts’: the bench press, testing your pushing ability and chest/shoulder strength; the squat, testing your leg strength; and the deadlift that works your pulling ability as well as your entire posterior chain. Powerlifters compete at events called ‘meets’ whereby athletes are given three attempts at each lift to establish a total  the combined weight of their best bench press, squat and deadlift. While powerlifters will base their training around these three core lifts, they will also perform a number of ‘accessory’ movements and mobility work to support their development and enable them to perform better in competition. In terms of equipment, powerlifters will often perform in bare feet or flat-soled shoes like Vans or Converse. Oftentimes they will train with a weight belt to support their lower back but other than that, all you really need is a bench, a barbell and some plates. 

Before we dive into the best places to powerlift in Sydney, let’s clear one thing up. People often confuse powerlifting with weightlifting  they are two different things. While both are strength-based sports and involve a barbell, weightlifting, comprising the snatch and clean & jerk, involves more explosive power and flexibility, whereas powerlifting favours raw strength. Got it? Good. 

If you are bored of your typical bodybuilding workout and want to get more serious about your lifts, each of the below gyms offer a brilliant entry to the sport along with the necessary equipment and expertise to support your progress. As it is a highly technical sport, good coaching is required so some gyms include training plans in the standard price of a membership. If you’re curious, it’s best to reach out and discuss your goals, budget and expectations before joining. 





City Strength HQ

12 Cadogan St, Marrickville NSW 2204

From $30 / week

Sydney Strength Gym

Unit B2, 1 Cahill Lane, Annandale NSW 2038

From $75 / week (includes coaching)

Shred Fitness

3/76 Sunnyholt Rd

Blacktown, NSW 2148


Black Flag

14/44 Carrington Rd, Castle Hill

From $40 / week

Gold’s Gym North Sydney

7-9 West St, North Sydney NSW 2060


Adonis Athletics, Castle Hill

16/8 Victoria Avenue Castle Hill NSW 2154


Raw Barbell Club

1/62 Argyle Street, South Windsor, NSW 2756


SPC Performance

U8/58 Box Rd, Taren Point NSW 2229

From $18.88 / week

Paragon Strength and Performance

8/87-89 Whiting St, Artarmon NSW 2068

From $25 / week


Lower Ground Floor, 20 Berry Street North Sydney NSW 2060 Australia

From $79.95 / week (include online coaching)

City Strength HQ

Based in Marrickville, City Strength fosters a strong community vibe among its members and regularly hosts lifting meets. But the best bit is the passionate and knowledgeable staff who put on educational events for their members  free of charge. Everything from ‘Powerlifting Rules Nights’ to theory sessions will help you enormously as you chase that next PB.

Location: 12 Cadogan St, Marrickville NSW 2204

Contact: 02 9517 9989

Pricing: From $30 / week

Sydney Strength Gym

At 380 square metres, Sydney Strength is on the larger size and prides itself on its members never having to share equipment, which in today’s climate, is a particular bonus. Don’t expect any of the ego and pretense that sometimes plagues powerlifting gyms  these guys encourage anyone and everyone to get involved.

Location: Unit B2, 1 Cahill Lane, Annandale NSW 2038

Contact: 0435 347 435

Pricing: From $75 / week (includes coaching)

Shred Fitness

While this isn’t a dedicated powerlifting gym (it also offers conditioning and weightlifting sessions), Shred’s powerlifting expertise earns them a place on this list. They even offer massages and physios on-site so it really is your one-stop shop for strength and recovery. 

Location: 3/76 Sunnyholt Rd, Blacktown, NSW 2148

Contact: 0414 751 089

Pricing: POA

Black Flag

Their tagline ‘by lifters, for lifters’ says it all. Black Flag is a no thrills gym that specialises in all things strength. It’s exclusive (you have to apply for membership) but they know what they’re talking about and they’re open 24/7. So, what are you waiting for?

Location: 14/44 Carrington Rd, Castle Hill

Contact: 0450 785 570

Pricing: From $40 / week

Gold’s Gym, North Sydney 

Anyone who knows a thing or two about throwing weight around, knows Gold’s Gym. It’s one of the most storied gym franchises in the world with a rich history of training some of the world’s strongest people. In other words, you’ll be in good company. There’s even a sauna and steam room for that post-pump sweat session.

Location: 7-9 West St, North Sydney NSW 2060

Contact: 02 9956 5230

Pricing: POA

Adonis Athletics, Castle Hill

Offering powerlifting, weightlifting and strength and conditioning, Adonis places great emphasis on the educational aspect of lifting. Its online portal offers tutorials on things like technique and nutrition and their coaches have a proven track record in training world record holders.  

Location: 16/8 Victoria Avenue Castle Hill NSW 2154

Contact: 0431 691 934

Pricing: POA

Raw Barbell Club

Based in the Hawkesbury region, the philosophy at Raw is simple: get strong and have fun while you’re doing it. Sounds good to us. They offer one-on-one training, team training or online programming for those who can’t make it in person. The set up is basic but the results are significant.

Location: 1/62 Argyle Street, South Windsor, NSW 2756


Pricing: POA

SPC Performance Lab

In a ‘non ego training environment’ SPC works with competitive powerlifters and amateurs alike. The owner and head coach Paul knows his stuff and has a good ability to communicate complex movements in simple terms. If you’re based in the Shire, this is your spot.

Location: U8/58 Box Rd, Taren Point NSW 2229

Contact: 0420 387 311

Pricing: From $18.88 / week

Paragon Strength and Performance

With four passionate coaches at the helm, PSP fosters a positive, safe space for its members to chase their goals. They regularly host competitive events and offer training tools so you’re well versed before you first meet.

Location: 8/87-89 Whiting St, Artarmon NSW 2068

Contact: 0431 757 912

Pricing: From $25 / week

Unity Gym

Offering customised workout plans per member, Unity is all about turning driven people into athletes. On top of personalised coaching plans and workshops they offer their members free-to-download training manuals for their members, breaking down the key principles of flexibility, strength and physique building. 

Location: Lower Ground Floor, 20 Berry Street North Sydney NSW 2060 Australia

Contact: (+612) 9922 6161

Pricing: From $79.95 / week (include online coaching)

By Christopher Riley

Christopher Riley is the editorial director of Men’s Health and Women’s Health, and the editor-in-chief of Esquire Australia. Formerly deputy editor of GQ, Riley published his first book in 2022, with Penguin Random House.

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