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In-Person Weightlifting, Strength & Conditioning Coaching

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Goals catered for

Technique Development

Snatch and Clean & Jerk Troubleshooting

Weightlifting Programming

Strength & Conditioning

Injury prevention

Competition Taper & Peaking


1:1 Support

Work in person 1:1 with a World-Class Coach.  Maximise your Performance.

your coach

strength coach

Alex Parry, MSc, BA

I’ve been working within weightlifting and strength & conditioning for around a decade, coaching recreational through to senior international athletes across a range of sports.  I’ve supported two major universities and three national talent pathways.

Alongside this I work as a tutor and educator for British Weightlifting, was Head Coach of Yorkshire Barbell Club, and work as an assistant Lecturer at the University of Hull, specialising in Strength Coach-Athlete Relationships.

 How it works

Here’s a step by step explanation of what happens when you choose to sign up for in-person weightlifting or strength and conditioning coaching

1) Info gathering

Great coaching relationships require high-quality information, so we’ll start by discussing your goals, training history, workout frequency etc.  We’ll also go through a full technique analysis session together to see where we can make the biggest improvements.

3) Train & Adapt

Each training session you’ll record key performance data such as weight and reps, as well as fatigue.  I’ll then review all your data and adapt your training programme for the following week to keep you performing at your maximum potential.

2) 1:1 Support

Coaching doesn’t just end once you’re out the door.  You’ll also have access to me through WhatsApp, where you can ask questions, as well as send training videos for feedback.  I’ll also proactively check-in with to keep you on track and progressing.

3) Train & Adapt

Each training session you’ll record key performance data such as weight and reps, as well as fatigue.  I’ll then review all your data and adapt your training programme for the following week to keep you performing at your maximum potential.

real lifters.real results

Alex has helped me developed a much more effective lifting technique through feedback, drills, assistance work and root cause analysis of poor lifts

Greg H. Recreational Weightlifter

“Before I contacted you I was struggling to total 57kg, that was only 10 weeks ago, now I’m looking at a total of 80kg+ with Master’s Worlds on the cards, thanks so much Boss

Jean M. Masters 65F Weightlifter


I offer weightlifting coaching and strength coaching in the West Yorkshire region, and deliver my face to face sessions out of Yorkshire strength gym, in Castleford.  So regular coaching is likely a good option if you live in…

  • Leeds
  • York
  • Castleford
  • Wakefield
  • Huddersfield
  • Bradford

If you live further afield, drop me a message and I’ll see if I can arrange a longer session or half day of training to make it worth your travel time. Alternatively consider my remote coaching option.

Yorkshire Strength Gym, Castleford, WF10 5PX

How will I communicate with my coach?

We’ll meet in-person at a frequency to suit you, and then communicate through WhatsApp in between those sessions.

What are your coaching Qualifications?

I have a Masters Degree in Strength & Conditioning, Level 1 and 2 British Weightlifting Certifications and Level 3 Sports Conditioning Certification. I am also currently pursuing a PhD in Strength Coach-Athlete Relationships.

Do you offer scholarships?

Yes, I provide full and part scholarships for talented athletes from challenging backgrounds and/or low economic means.  For more information please email alex@characterstrength.co.uk with the subject line ‘Scholarship Application’

Is this coaching suitable for all levels of athlete?

Yes, absolutely.  I work with recreational through to senior international athletes.  The main things I look for are that you genuinely take your weightlifting training seriously and are coachable.

where will we train?

Most coaching takes place at Yorkshire Strength gym in Castleford, West Yorkshire.  On special occassions I can travel to coach at a gym of your choice, though costs for this will inevitably be higher to account for travel time.

Can I CHat with you before making a purchase

 Of course, I actually insist on chatting with all my potential lifters to make sure that we’re a good fit.  Feel free to drop me an email, alex@characterstrength.co.uk or message me on 07712 471834

Who have you worked with?

I have worked with individual athletes from recreational through to senior international level, acted as Head Coach of Yorkshire Barbell Club, as well as Outlift Powerlifting Club, and worked as an Educator for British Weightlifting

I have also provided strength and conditioning support to Leeds Beckett and Leeds Universities, City of Leeds Swimming Club, Cultiv8 Tennis Academy and Leeds Rebound Gymnastics Club. 

Do you also work with youth athletes?

Yes, I also work with youth athletes.  Coaching is delivered in collaboration with parents/carers, who must be present in all communication channels, as well as responsible for signing onboarding documents, making payments etc.

Let me Help you

Maximise Your Performance with in-person coaching

We’ll work together to get you stronger, refine your technique and increase your results.

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