THE BAR Strength Club shares a space with CrossFit Firebolt. Although we do not have the newest squat racks and our bench was home made back in the 1960's, we have Eleiko weightlifting and powerlifting bars, our equipment is well looked after and in tip top condition. We have 4 platforms and 1 power rack where the big squats happen. But most importantly, we have a group of lifters who are passionate about their sports and who are always friendly, there to give each other a helping hand and support when needed. Our coaches have got many years of experience and a track record of producing results. Even though everyone trains as a group, the coaches will give each lifter personal attention.
COACH: Andrew Anthony
Weightlifting coaching – beginner to elite level
Powerlifting coaching – beginner to elite level
Strength & conditioning coaching – beginner to elite level
Andrew Anthony took part in weightlifting and powerlifting from a young age until he retired due to injury in 1987. Andrew achieved his South African colours in both sports, winning numerous SA titles along the way.
After retirement he started to dedicate his time to coaching other athletes in both weightlifting and powerlifting, as well as strength and conditioning training for all sports.
Andrew has coached a number of athletes to reach success at national and international levels, including in weightlifting: Darryn Anthony, who competed at the Beijing Olympic Games, 2008; Greg Shushu an African and Commonwealth Championships medalist; Sean Anthony, a medalist at the 2008 Commonwealth Youth Championships. In powerlifting Andrew has had great results at Junior, Open and Masters level, including Benedict Bucarizza, multiple SA Champion and Best Lifter Award; Antoinette Kriel, multiple SA Champion, Best Lifter award and silver medalist in the bench press at the 2015 World Powerlifting Championships; Susan Farrell, silver medalist in the 63kg M3 category at the 2017 World Powerlifting Championships.
In 2005 Andrew was selected as the South African coach for the World Junior Powerlifting Championships.
Andrew also represented South Africa as the paraplegic powerlifting coach in Team South Africa at the 2006 Commonwealth Games and assisted with the weightlifting coaching.
Andrew was selected to represent South Africa as the weightlifting coach in Team South Africa at the 2007 All Africa Games, 2008 Commonwealth Championships and 2008 and 2009 Africa Championships.
COACH: Antoinette Kriel
Coaching experience and qualifications:
Before going over to the UK in 1997 Antoinette studied strength and conditioning under the late Dr Mel Siff. She also studied under Mel’s wife, Lisa Ericsson-Siff, learning about disabilities and exercise (Lisa is a T3/4 paraplegic) and specifically learning Lisa’s unique system of Seated Movement Aerobic and Resistance Training (SMART).
While in the UK Antoinette set up a number of SMART classes, working with people of all ages and abilities.
In 2007 Antoinette completed her MSc in Sports Coaching at the London Southbank University. She has since focused on getting more women involved in the sport of powerlifting and weightlifting.
Athletic background and achievements:
Antoinette has been passionate about all kinds of sporting activities ever since she can remember. Her main sports at school, university and club level were hockey and athletics. After school she dabbled in triathlon, trail running, rock climbing and canoeing, completing the Dusi in 2010 as well as the grueling 125 mile Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race and placing 3rd in the mixed doubles category.
After a serious illness which saw her hospitalised and out of training for about 6 months she decided to concentrate her efforts on powerlifting to increase her strength levels and has not looked back since. In March 2013 she competed in the SA RAW (unequipped) championships, winning her weight class (52kg) and best overall female lifter. She was selected for the SA team to compete at the World Classic Championships where she placed 7th and breaking a number of SA senior and Masters records in the process. She has since competed and won 4 consecutive SA titles, competed at 3 World Championships, placing top 10 every time and winning a silver medal in the bench press, Open 57kg category at the 2015 World Championships in Finland. In 2017 she also won her division in the M1 (40-49) age category at the Commonwealth Powerlifting Championships in Potchefstroom and won the Best Overall M1 Female Lifter award.