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PAUL THOMPSON | GRAHAM MCDONALD | NATALIE SALM

HADYN SCOTT

 

STRENGTH TRAINING - Paul Thompson

 

Paul Thompson 250 kg Deadlift

 

Paul is the master personal trainer of Iron Underground, Brisbane and is widely experienced in his specialty. Having been in the industry for nearly a decade he has trained, designed training programs for and written customized eating plans for thousands of people from the everyday to the competitive athlete or figure competitor. Paul has also spent thousands of hours in the gym under the iron himself - so he also speaks and knows from personal experience.

Some of Pauls best strength efforts include a 260kg Deadlift, 200kg Squat, and a 140kg Bench - 600kg Total within Powerlifting Australia (IPF) - competition meets.

He has excellent client retention for his great ability to get results when conditions are less than ideal and train around many types of injuries or inconveniences. Having worked his way up from several large chain health clubs and various other personal training facilities he decided to open his own facility catering for the serious trainee wanting more. The same type that over his career found themselves training with him, and remaining with him getting leaner and stronger, creating the physiques they want.

 

 

 

Paul is a highly qualified personal trainer with the following credentials:

 

  • Level 1 & 2 Charles Poliquin International Certification Program (Strength Coaching)
  • Powerlifting Australia member
  • Experienced Competitive Powerlifter with 7 IPF/PA meets under his belt
  • Silver Medalist - 2011 State Powerlifting Opens (RAW under 93kgs)
  • Bronze Medalist at the Matti Tikka Powerlifting Challenge 2012 (RAW under 93kgs)
  • Ranked in top 10 (8th) in Under 93kg RAW Weight Division in Australia -  Powerlifting Australia (IPF)
  • Formally Ranked 19th across all weight classes Australia wide according to the relative strength (wilks) calculator - Powerlifting Australia (IPF) - 2011
  • Head Coach of the Iron Underground Powerlifting Team
  • Bio-Signature practitioner
  • Certificate IV in fitness
  • Certificate in Exercise Nutrition
  • Registered Fitness Australia Business
  • Registered Fitness Australia Professional
  • years plus experience in the industry
  • First Aid Certificate

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MOBILE CONTACT : 0422 671 661 EMAIL: train@ironunderground.com.au

 

TRAINER - Graham McDonald

 

TRAINER - Natalie Salm

 

TRAINER - HadynScott

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"When I moved to Brisbane, I came as a wreck physically and emotionally, albeit an amateur sportsman and someone who had represented Australia at 2 World Championships, but I let it slip for a few years. I was 30, overweight at 116kg (bodyfat around 32-34), working too much and eating too much of the wrongs things to give my body any chance at improvement. Various elements in my world changed, and I sought to improve myself both emotionally and physically. I did some research, checked out a few gyms and “health clubs” only to find that they catered for the 95 percent of people who are happy to run on a treadmill for 30 minutes while having a chat. Not my style. I found Iron... "
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"When I moved to Brisbane, I came as a wreck physically and emotionally, albeit an amateur sportsman and someone who had represented Australia at 2 World Championships, but I let it slip for a few years. I was 30, overweight at 116kg (bodyfat around 32-34), working too much and eating too much of the wrongs things to give my body any chance at improvement. Various elements in my world changed, and I sought to improve myself both emotionally and physically. I did some research, checked out a few gyms and “health clubs” only to find that they catered for the 95 percent of people who are happy to run on a treadmill for 30 minutes while having a chat. Not my style. I found Iron Underground by chance, called up Paul and booked in for my first free trial session. He immediately came across as knowing his profession, identifying my weak points from years of inactivity and sporting injuries, and developed a plan for achieving my goals on the spot – I wanted to be leaner for summer, to not look out of place in a singlet for the first time in my life. 3 months later, and training with Paul 2-3 times a week, following a nutrition program specifically designed for me and my workout intensity, I was down to 220 bodyfat. Perfect, I thought. My goal was reached, I had dropped to 92 kg (a loss of 22kg of fat) and felt incredible. My physical weaknesses were nearly all fixed through a thorough regimen of work followed by more work. Little did I know, the bug had already bitten. I was becoming an addict and I asked Paul what I could do to drop down to about 150odyfat while increasing strength in the main lifts. I wanted to bench my bodyweight, deadlift 1.5 times my bodyweight and squat my bodyweight. In the following 6 months to July 2012 I have reached 3 out of 4, dropping to 16-17 bodyfat, putting on 8kg of muscle (up to 100kg) with a shoulder injury the only problem left for my benchpress goal to be met. In fact, my deadlift and squat have increased so much that I have already set another set of goals for them. By the time this Christmas comes around, I hope to be able to see an abdominal muscle for the first time ever. Can’t wait! We lift hard, and we lift smart. Every week for the last 9 months I have recorded a new personal best in at least one movement. EVERY WEEK. That, to me, is the sign of great training from a top trainer. Paul has taught me the building blocks of the big 4 power lifts, various elements of bodybuilding (as required for my own vanity), nutrition and supplementation, biomechanics and started me on a path of goal crushing personal development. My mind is clear, my body is clean and my life is unalterably changed. I don’t dread the gym, I look forward to it. I didn’t think I would, but I do. My motivation before every session is knowing that I will see an improvement in my body shape, physical strength and mental grit after every session, and believing that my goals are not only attainable, but a stepping stone to the next set of goals. Without a quality facility like Iron Underground, and a quality trainer like Paul, these results would be totally unattainable. Thanks mate. Aaron"
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- Aaron Machner
[Iron Underground trainee]
Latest Iron Underground Athletes Achievements
I.U Lifters at last comp: SSG Challenge March 2013

Name Class Squat Bench Deadlift Total Wilks
1. Robert Barret 83 190 125 260 575 385.480
2. Ashley Dyball 83 BP - 140 - 140 98.590
3. Lauren Phillips 57 BP - 52.5 - 52.5 47.220
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Current I.U Australian Rankings

Ranking Name Class Total Wilks
9th . Robert Barrett 98 635 Elite II 403.352
8th Overall . Sarah Petchell 72 407.5 Elite I 401.673
13 Overall . Natalie Salm 57 325 Elite I 389.220
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