You don't get strong by training with weak people.
I wanted somewhere dedicated to strength training. Physically and mentally. Where a strong work ethic took priority over expensive drugs and short cuts. A place that didn't give a damn about your 6 minute abs. And only respected your performance and how much "heart" you put into your training.
Somewhere you could find an elite powerlifter training alongside your average gym rat, strongman, strongwoman or emerging strength athlete. A gym that welcomed all kinds of people. All dedicated to getting stronger. A place that was fully equipped with everything that was needed for transforming you into a certified strength mutant (whether you were male or female). A place were competition was welcomed, but everyone supported each other like family.
I needed a gym that was a throw back to an old school era. Because in my opinion, so much about strength training and the fitness industry today is BS. The kind of gym Arnie or Sergio may have trained in, while Magnus Ver Magnusson would've still felt at home.
Where John Grimeck, John Davis, George Hackenschmidt or even Eugene Sandow would have chalked up and grappled with the iron if they would have had the chance.
If these names mean anything to you, you'll get where I'm coming from. If they don't, then you'll get to know. My friend and Chief Villain, Coach Andrew Marshall created Villain Barbell Club to be just that. But it's more than just a gym. It's a training lab and a second home.
This is why I train at London'd best kept secret, Villain Barbell Club.
What We Do
No frills, rugged and raw, real deal strength training. From Strongman, to powerlifting, olympic lifting, kettlebells, grip training, odd lifts. If it improves strength and performance we use it. If it's a gimmick, fad or straight up nonsense we won't waste our time with it, or yours.
Here's just a taste of some of our kit,
Atlas stones (from 20kg right up to 170kg)
Olympic Lifting Platforms
Tyres (huge gigantic tyres up to 400kg)
Glute Ham Developer
Lots and lots of weight (tonnes of it, literally.)
And much more.... Plus our friends over at Magni Power supply a lot of our equipment. So they are constantly chucking new bits of kit our way to play around with.
All levels are welcome. From complete beginner to pro athlete. Training is structured week by week for all gym members to help you get stronger and pack on slabs of muscle if that's your goal. But you can stick to your own program too.
We run regular workshops, events and competitions so there will be plenty of opportunity for you to test yourself and get stuck in. You can also get private coaching if that is something you want to explore to get your strength gains up.
What We Don't Do
Wall to wall mirrors, Zumba, Step, Body Pump, Bosu balls or any other such foolishness.
What It Takes To Train With At Villain Barbell Club
A strong work ethic.
A demented desire for strength
A willingness to give it your best - especially when you don't feel like it.
Heart and determination.
Some form of social skills (we don't expect you to be a people loving freak. But Villain Barbell Club is a strong community.And you're an important part of that.)
A willingness to learn and apply, so that you become a better strength athlete.
The ability to encourage others when needed.
The humility to ask for help when required.
And the focus to be one strong badass!
Are You Welcome At Villain Barbell Club?
You know what we do. And you know what it takes. If this sounds good to you, then YES. You are welcome down at Villain Barbell Club. Based in Mill Hill Broadway, in North London, the gym is Spartan. But you'll have everything that you will ever need to turn you into a certified strength mutant.
If you are looking for a steam room, towels, poorly instructed classes, and endless year on year training while still making no gains, I'd suggest you walk straight past our front door, and head on down to the nearest Globo-gym. We're you can continue being average and wasting vast amounts of money, just like a huge chunk of the population. We're clearly not for you.
But if you want to get stronger, be held to a higher standard so that you smash through your previous best (not just in the gym, but in life). And you want to be a part of a growing strength community, you've found the right place. Fill out the contact form at the bottom of this page and get in touch. See you at the gym.
Andrew Marshall and Cj Swaby plotting some villainous activities.