Barbells & Babes

 Where strength is more than just numbers. It’s a mindset.


Barbells & Babes is not just another group class. We enable and encourage women to reach their full potential.

Our 12-week program was carefully designed with the goal of increasing full-body strength, all while promoting an uplifting and rewarding training experience in a judgement-free gym environment.

By giving them the tools they need to succeed, our strong ladies develop the confidence and knowledge that naturally results from working with a dedicated and knowledgeable strength coach.

Babes will improve their squat, bench and deadlift technique, along with other barbell lifts, as well as learn how to progress each lift on a weekly basis.

We will also dedicate time to developing full-body strength and fitness by combining powerlifting movements with a well-rounded, balanced approach to training.


Every week, our group of 6 babes meets for two 75-minute training sessions carried out at Barbell Strength. Each training session is supervised and coached by B&B Head Coach Barbara.

During our 12-weeks together, babes will…

• Learn how to efficiently and safely perform the main barbell lifts, including the squat, bench press and deadlift.

• Increase full-body strength, including mastering bodyweight movements such as pull-ups and push-ups.

• Be introduced to program design that focuses on long-term progression, proper recovery and individualization

• Master variations of the big three lifts, and learn how to progress or regress them based on their own training level, abilities and limitations

• Train in a welcoming, judgement-free zone that promotes self-growth and challenges

• Build healthy and supportive friendships with other ladies who are also on the path to stronger, more resilient bodies and minds



With over 6 years of experience coaching women of varying fitness levels, Barbara’s passion lies in guiding women to their untapped potential.

As one of the masterminds behind Barbells & Babes, her goal is to empower, educate and encourage women of all ages and shapes to feel stronger and more confident, both inside and outside the gym.

Barbara M.

Head Coach, Co-founder


Barbara is very attentive to what I want and has provided me with training that is customized to me.
She treats me as an important client and friend, and truly wants me to attain my goals as much as I do.  She sincerely cares. I recommend Barbara to everyone I know.

Angie N.

Barbara was incredibly helpful and encouraging in helping me reach my fitness goals. She’s extremely knowledgeable and passionate about what she does.

Krystle C.

Barbara’s approach is sustainable and the foundational knowledge she provides is easily translated into an ongoing healthy lifestyle. Besides helping me get into shape (and lose 30 pounds), Barb definitely helped me get over my intimidation of knowing my way around a gym!

Iryna G.

Having fitness goals that you don’t know how to reach can be tough. Barb showed me that hard work and the science of exercise and nutrition was on my side.

Cathy D.

The Venue

Barbell Strength

what's included in the program:

– Online access (Google Drive) to your customized 12-Week training program

– An in-depth explanation of the program rationale, warm-up exercises, auto-regulation techniques, etc.

– Two 75-min group sessions per week, led and supervised by B&B coach Barbara

– Before and After in-depth body-composition analysis (InBody), by Next Level Human

– Nutritional guidelines to help you get the most out of your training

– Ongoing technique analysis, support and constructive feedback

– A clean, welcoming and safe training environment, fully equipped with the best strength-training equipment line, Eleiko.

€150/ month

(3-month commitment)

Frequently Asked Questions

How is this different than a regular group class?

We’re glad you asked!

Barbells & Babes is the next logical step for ladies who enjoy group training, but would like more consistency and progression within their routine. 

It is also a great opportunity for those who would like to improve their lifting technique and increase their strength training knowledge.

What do you mean by a program that is "customized" to an individual?

At Barbells & Babes, our goal is to build efficacy in the main barbell lifts and their variations, as well as to promote full-body strength through assistance exercises and bodyweight movements like pull-ups and push-ups.

However, we know that injuries happen, and that some individuals may have mobility restrictions that prevent them from properly performing certain movements.

With that in mind, we are able to tailor the program to suit each person’s current abilities without straying too far from the main goal: to build a badass, strong, resiliant body and mind.

Do I need a certain level of training experience to join?

Due to the nature of the program, we expect participants to have at least some experience with barbells and strength training (from 6 months to 1-year).

If you don’t think you’re ready to join yet, don’t worry! In the future, we will be offering beginner-level programs to accomodate all you ambitious babes.

What happens if I miss a class?

We strongly encourage all of our babes to stick to the class schedule so that we are all running on the same page every time we meet for training.

If you have to miss a class, you can make it up on your own time at Barbell Strength.

Note: We cannot guarantee that the coach will be available to assist you with training on your own, therefore it is strongly recommended that you do not miss group sessions!

I would love to get stronger, but I am also interested in losing weight.
Why are spots limited to 6 people?

One of the key features of our program is the immediate availability to an experienced coach who will be assisting and monitoring each member during training.

In order to deliver great quality coaching, we have capped the number of participants to six to ensure each member is able to get the attention they require.

Are there any events associated with Barbells & Babes?

We host exclusive events and outings to promote and foster the friendships that will inevitably surface from training together every week.

At the end of our 12-week program, we will also host a big final event to celebrate all that we’ve been able to achieve as a group!

Are you ready to become a stronger version of you?

Phase IV of Barbells & Babes is set to start on January 6th, 2020!

If you’d like to become part of B&B, send us an application by filling out the form below and we’ll get in touch with you within the next 48 hours.


Barbell Strength

Overwegwachter 6
3034 KG, Rotterdam