The 9th GBA Awards Winner Red Beard Barbell Club

Getting stronger with a smile on your face is the Red Beard Barbell Club approach. The club runs classes for all abilities and ages (scamps, juniors, and adults).

During lockdown, owner Charlie, loaned equipment and offered virtual coaching. He devised a 6 week, no cost, weight-free, workout on the TrainHeroic app. He organised online quizzes and games so members could keep in touch. Charlie teamed with a performance nutritionist to release podcasts and YouTube videos about strength training and nutrition. Charlie worked tirelessly to ensure the barn was COVID compliant. All his efforts have helped look after people's physical and mental wellbeing.

"Charlie is always there helping … our physical [and] mental health, providing us the tools and advice to keep our bodies moving and active."

"…if you are having problems he will always answer his phone/text/DM's nothing is too much especially in these uncertain and worrying times."

"He is a great person with a character larger than life who will make every effort to make everyone feel comfortable and tailor his coaching style to meet everyone's needs so they never feel left out."

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