Our Team

Meet our highly qualified strength coaches.

Paul Thompson

Paul is the owner and Head Coach of Iron Underground. For over 15 years, Paul has trained, designed training programs for and written customized eating plans for thousands of people from novice to competitive athlete and 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.

Phone: 0422 671 661
Email Paul

Qualifications & Achievements

  • Opened first powerlifting gym in Brisbane
  • 260kg Deadlift and 160kg Bench at under 93kg BW
  • Level 1 & 2 Charles Poliquin International Certification Program (Strength Coaching)
  • Bronze Medal IPF Oceania & Commonwealth Championships Australia 2013 – Bench
  • Silver Medal – 2011 State Powerlifting Opens (RAW under 93kgs)
  • Bronze Medal 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
  • Coach of over 50 Australian, Commonwealth and Oceania record holders
  • Meet Director & Organiser of PA/IPF Australian National Championships 2016 – Brisbane Fitness Expo
  • 15 years plus experience in the industry
  • First Aid Certificate

Hannah Altman

Hannah has a competitive history in multiple sports. In powerlifting, she currently holds the Australian Junior record in the bench press for U72kg girls, benching 95kg. At Nationals in 2019, she benched 103kg at 69kg bodyweight and achieved a Top 20 ranking in all three lifts. She also achieved an Australian Top 5 ranking in bench-press in 2019. In flat-water kayaking, she has won over 22 nationals medals and multiple national titles and has also competed at in swimming and surf lifesaving.

These achievements, combined with her extensive fitness industry experience, are backed by a post-graduate university-level study in Exercise Science. As an exercise scientist, Hannah has worked with a variety of high-level sports teams and athletes, from Rugby 7s to rowing and professional dancers, and as a head coach in swimming.

Hannah now focuses mainly on sport-specific training, rehabilitation, chronic pain and chronic disease management. She specialises in powerlifting, kayaking, swimming, rugby and running along with returning to sport and small group pilates. Hannah is available for in-person and online coaching.

Get in touch with Hannah to book in a complementary movement screening and session.

Ph: 0452 285 271

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Qualifications & Achievements

  • Bachelor of Health Science (Sports and Exercise Science) Exercise Physiology and Exercise Prescription Specialization, Massey University, NZ

  • Bachelor of Commerce, Victoria University of Wellington, NZ

  • Masters of Philosophy, Queensland University of Technology

  • 3 x Junior National Bench-Press Record and Current Jr. record holder, U72kg

  • National Bench-Press Champion, 2019, U72 103kg Bench @69 BW

  • 2019 National Powerlifting Championship, Number One Wilks Women’s Bench

  • 424 Total @69kg BW 424 Wilks

  • Top 20 Women’s Bench in Australia 2018 and 1029 and Top 20 Total Powerlifting Australia 2019

  • 3 x National Marathon Kayaking Champion New Zealand

  • 22 x National Sprint Kayaking Medalist New Zealand

  • Elemental Level One Body Transformation Specialist

  • Elemental Level Two Blood Analysis Specialist

  • Precision Nutrition Level One

  • Level One Sports Trainer Sports Medicine Australia

  • TRX Qualified Suspension Trainer

  • MAT Pilates Trained (New Zealand)

  • Head Coach Synergy Swim Club 2016-2018

  • Appointed Swim Coaching Assessor and Mentor Swimming NZ

  • National Certificate in Sports and Recreation New Zealand

  • Adults Coaching Specialist (Swimming New Zealand)

  • Surf Lifesaving Level One Coach

  • Currently Studying a Doctor of Philosophy, Queensland University of Technology

  • Currently Studying towards Studio Pilates Qualification

  • 7 years plus industry experience

  • First aid qualified

  • Fit-rec registered

Opening Hours

7 days per week
12pm til late (and by appointment)

Visit Us

17 Pedder Street
Albion QLD 4010

Contact Us

Call Paul 0422 671 661
strength@ironunderground.com.au