Hello. We are Donut Barbell.
Donut Barbell is a 1-2-1 and online training service working remotely and locally in Cardiff, South Wales. We specialise in powerlifting and strength training for beginners through to high level competitors.
For individuals in the pursuit of physical and mental strength.
It is our belief that working remotely or in person must encompass much more than training and nutrition. Whether you’re a competitor or not both movement and psychology are equally important to help you progress.
Our aim is simple:
- Act as coach and as mentor
- Apply modern sports science
- Apply experience to educate and progress each individual
- To provide a high standard competition & meet-day preparation for both beginner and elite powerlifters
- Promote the Mental Health benefits of strength training
We are Jake and Sabrina, active powerlifters and trainers. We walk a different path, providing a training approach that educates and informs so that we may work together in building the most comprehensive programs for the individual. Blending our practical experiences with modern sports science to develop our approach.
I’ve been working with Jake for the past year. Initially just out of powerlifting curiosity. Based on my age and have suffered from back pain for years I wasn’t even sure it was something I could do. I had never even tried a deadlift but, with encouragement, expertise and unwavering support, Jake proved that I could not only do it, but he also helped me develop to the competitive stage and become the Welsh Record holder for my age and weight class. To say he’s been a life changer for me is an understatement!
I have been working with Jake as an online client for two years and in that time I have achieved things that I had never felt were possible. To list a few I reached a very long term goal of getting a double bodyweight squat, squatted 100 unbroken reps at 65kg, got leaner than ever and completed a double marathon on a rowing machine, all within the same 12 month period.
I worked with Jake through a 3-month meet prep leading into my first powerlifting meet. The programming prior to the meet was a little different than I was used to. My programming was customized to my needs, looking at weak points, and was congruent with all the current recommendations for strength programming. The weekly evaluations of technique, form and even the social support from Jake were extremely encouraging and helpful. Following 12 weeks with Jake, I was stronger, marginally leaner and more confident in lifting.
I originally started working with Jake on just my nutrition to better manage my weight around competitions. Then having seen the progress of some of his lifters we progressed to online programming support as well. In the 2 years I worked with Jake I made significant improvements in all 3 lifts and he was also there with words of wisdom in the times I felt things weren’t going so well to provide perspective to help me turn things around and tackle things with a more positive mindset.
I worked with Jake and Donut Barbell for 4 months and I can honestly say that the transformation in my strength and form is evident from my success in this sport. Before training with Donut Barbell, I was not able to squat past 120kg or shift past 140kg deadlift. 2 months into my new training plan, I qualified for GB championship with a 145kg squat and 170kg deadlift – results came quick!