Coaching Qualifications

Swindon Barbell Coach Helen Toms

Swindon Barbell Coach Helen Toms

I have been coaching for about 2 years and have the British Powerlifting Level 1 coaching course.

How long have you been strength training?

I’ve been strength training for around 10 years, and started it to get my injured knees strong enough to ski, but did all over body strength work because I enjoyed it. This then led me to Powerlifting.

Do you compete in Powerlifting?

I have competed in powerlifting for 5 years now, initially in classic competitions, and now in equipped competitions. I am a masters 2 category lifter, which is the 50-59 year age group, and lift in the under 84kg weight class.

  • 2015 World Silver masters 2
  • 2017 European Champion masters 2

What is your favourite lift?

I don’t really have one – usually it’s the one that’s going well in training!

What is your hometown?

My hometown is Reading, but have lived in Swindon for 25 years What is your favourite food? I spend a lot of time eating bacon.