Welcome to Merton Weightlifting Club

About Us

Weight Lifting

Merton Weightlifting began in 2014 because Merton Council wished for the local leisure centre to provide a club, and team, for the London Youth Games. We started with one session per week for young people to learn the snatch and clean 7 jerk (Olympic style weightlifting), and rapidly grew to accomodate women only, and mixed adult sessions. Since our modest start we now boast three British Weightlifting Level 2 coaches, and two Level 1 coaches, as well as a team of qualified technical officials, spread acoss our hub club in Wimbledon, and our satellite clubs in Brixton and Hammersmith.

Our club is affiliated to British Weightlifting, and is proud to have athletes of all abilities, including complete beginners, regional talent squad members and national Champions.

Power Lifting

In addtion to coaching the snatch and clean and jerk, our club has a wealth of experience in coaching the powerlifts, which includes the squat, bench press and deadlift.

Several of our qualified weightlifting coaches have also participated in powerlifting, with two of them having represented Great Britain in the IPF World Bench Press Championships in 2018. We have two Level 1 qualified British Powerlifting Coaches, and we affiliate to British Powerlifting, and British Drug Free Powerlifting - the main two drug tested powerlifting organisations in the UK, in addition to British Weightlifting.

Our small club also boasts an IPF World Champion in the Bench Press, as well as a number of BDFPA national record holders, and London record holder in British Powerlifting. So whatever your needs, from beginners, to advanced, we are able to cater for all.

Satellite Clubs

Merton Weightlifting Club is our original and hub club, and through working with London Sport, we have had the honour and privelege to be able to create two satellite clubs.

Brixton Weightlifting club is based at Brixton Recreation Centre, on Friday nights between 6 and 7pm. This serves primarily as a weightifting session, however some of our powerlifters will train there from time to time. At this location we are also in possession of a Para Powerlifting bench press - this means that we can coach and support disabled athletes in Para-Bench pressing. Brixton Recreation Centre is an accessible location.

Other recommended places to train:

Hammersmith Fitness and Squash Centre hosts a number of strength and conditioning classes, which are open to all members of the leisure centre. If you are looking for women only strength sessions, or sessions for young people, then enquire directly with the centre, and they will take good care of you. This is an ideal starting point if you intend to progress to formal competition, or sessions at Merton Weightlifting Club, like many members do. Spaces are limited to avoid disruption to other gym members, so please enquire first.

The Wimbledon Foundation

We are extremely lucky to have a strong relationship with the Wimbledon Foundation (based at the All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon), who values our impact on the community so much that they published this short documentary about us.

They have been an enormous help to our club with funding contributions for equipment and qualifications so that our club can continue to grow.

South West Londoner

Please also watch this great video made by South West Londoner news team, to give further insight into what we do. 

You can also read the following article written about the club:


Contact Us

Drop us a line!

Better yet, see us in person!

Do you want to learn a new sport, or get fitter and stronger for all sports?

If the answer is yes, then get in touch now to learn more about Merton, Brixton or Hammersmith Weightlifting Clubs.

Merton Weightlifting Club

Wimbledon Leisure Centre, Latimer Road, Wimbledon SW19 1EW

07535 631 653

Merton Weightlifting Club Times

Open today

18:00 – 20:00

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