GU Weightlifting Club

GU Weightlifting Club

Glasgow University
Weightlifting Club

"The resistance that you fight physically in the gym and the resistance that you fight in life can only build a strong character." – Arnold Schwarzenegger

The weightlifting club is home to a diverse group of people united by one common interest: picking heavy things up and putting them down again (sometimes in elaborate ways). This comes in many forms, including Powerlifting, Olympic weightlifting, CrossFit, and Bodybuilding; however, we welcome all who have an interest in getting stronger..


Coaching Sessions take place on Wednesdays from 18:00 to 20:00 for Powerlifting, Saturdays from 13:00 to 15:00 for competitive open training and Saturdays 15:00 to 17:00 for Olympic Weightlifting, in Studio 1 of the Stevenson Building.

However, you will likely run into other members regardless of what time you go to the gym! This makes the club a fantastic way to meet new people and overcome any potential apprehension about working out in the Stevie! Most members can be easily recognisable though the club merch they may adorn!


Lifters in the club routinely travel nationally and internationally for competitions. In 2018, our women's Powerlifting team travelled to Pilsen in the Czech Republic to bring home gold in the World University Powerlifting Cup, and in 2019, both our men's and women's teams competed in Tartu, Estonia, with our women's team achieving second place.

There are multiple opportunities to compete throughout the year at a Scottish (i.e. Scottish Unis) or British-wide (i.e. BUCS) level.

We're incredibly proud of our women's Powerlifting team for being awarded with GUSA Team of the Year for 2019-2020, and our club winning the GUSA Club of the Year in the 2021-22 academic year!

You will often find members tagging along to competitions simply to support their friends. We also host our own mock meet competitions to give you a taste of the competitive atmosphere and experience. A key point to note is that we do not require any of our members to compete to join the club; however, should you choose to, we will encourage and support you all the way!


At GUWC, we don't just train together; you'll also find us at the club's weekly socials. These include movie nights, pub-crawls, and pub-quizzes, not to mention the Ceilidh, Christmas dinner and end-of-year ball. Our socials are a mix of sober and non-sober events, to make sure everyone feels welcome. We also always have a sober committee member at socials, and announce them before the event.


The shared passion of everyone in the club makes GUWC a large but close-knit family. We want nothing more than to see each other improve, and there is always room for new members, whether you are a complete beginner or an experienced lifter.

To join GUWC, first secure gym membership and then join online or contact us for further information.

Page last updated: September 2023

How to Join

Joining a GU Sports Club is a simple, three-step process:

  1. Join UofG Sport with one of these three memberships only:
    • Student Sport 12-month Full-Access (£170)
    • Student Sport Semester Full-Access (£99)
    • Student Sport Accommodation 12-month Full-Access (£120)*
  2. Contact the Club about what membership type you should select (if you're unsure) or if you have any questions
  3. Use the Club Management Portal to join the Club online

You'll need your UofG Sport Member ID to join a Club. Here's where to find your Member ID.

* Discounted Accommodation membership is only available to students living in UofG Accommodation, and is not available for online purchase – please join at Front Desk at the Stevenson Building.