I won’t deny I spend a bit of time trying to recruit people into powerlifting, especially at Bethnal Green WLC, and I’ve had a few requests for info on how to sign up there, what level you need to be at, what it’s like etc etc. It’s actually a bit complex to sign up, as BGWLC is not a regular commercial gym, so here’s the info you need.
Where is it?
BGWLC is at:
229 Bethnal Green Road
The entrance is on Turin Street, near the corner of Bethnal Green Road. Nearest transport is Bethnal Green tube/rail; Shoreditch High Street Overground; Liverpool St rail or 8 & 388 buses.
When are the sessions & how do I sign up?
BGWLC is nominally administered by Tower Hamlets council, and is run on a term-by-term basis by their adult education service. The new 2014 term starts on January 13th.
The way to sign up for sessions is by calling 020 7364 5665 and quoting the course code(s) you want.
[Normally this could be done via learningladder.co.uk but Tower Hamlets seem to have taken that site down!]
Mon 5-7pm B2435 (powerlifting)
Mon 7-9pm B1521 (powerlifting)
Tue 10.30-12.30pm B2090 (powerlifting)
Tue 6-8pm B1524 (powerlifting)
Wed 7-9pm B1525 (Olympic weightlifting)
Thu 10.30-12.30pm B1526 (powerlifting)
Thu 5-7pm B2434 (powerlifting)
Thu 7-9pm B1528 (powerlifting)
Fri 7-9pm B2309 (Olympic weightlifting)
Sat 10-12pm B1529 (Olympic weightlifting – beginners)
Sat 12-2pm B2307 (powerlifting)
These codes are valid for January 2014 only
The cost is £45 per term (10 weeks) for one session a week; so if you sign up for 2 sessions it’s £90, etc.
BGWLC offers Olympic Weightlifting & powerlifting. I only do powerlifting, so I’m afraid I can’t offer much info about Olympic weightlifting.
I train on Monday & Thursday evenings 7-9pm (I’m usually there 6.30pm onwards), and Saturday 12-2pm.
What will I learn?
The sessions are not taught formally, but if you need coaching it is available. Many of the people who lift are fitness professionals or experienced lifters, but absolute beginners are completely welcome.
You’ll learn the squat, bench press & deadlift, as well as the accessory lifts and general badassery. There’s no focus on weight/fat loss or aesthetics.
What should I wear?
Wear flat plimsolls or daps, e.g Converse. Avoid wearing shaped-sole running shoes! Clothes-wise, anything is fine – I like wearing capris/running tights, t-shirt & sports bra (the latter isn’t strictly necessary but is good for comfort).
Can I check it out before I sign up?
Yep! The gym is open outside of term times. I will be there on the days I’ve bolded, but at other times you can ask to see Martin/Giles and have a chat.
2nd Jan 6-8pm
3rd Jan 5-9pm
4th Jan 12-3pm
6th Jan 6-8pm
7th Jan 5-8pm
8th Jan 5-9pm
9th Jan 6-8pm
10th Jan 5-9pm
11th Jan 12-3pm