About Us

Learn more about our gym culture and facilities.

Building Strength Athletes Since 2010

Our Story

Established in 2010 by owner and head coach Paul Thompson, Iron Underground has grown from small beginnings; when we first opened we had only 5-6 pieces of equipment and a single barbell to our name. These days our 300 square meter facility contains a fully equipped free-weight focused strength gym with all the power cages, speciality bars and a competition specific lifting platform that we need to support our expanding membership.

We also have a team of highly qualified and experienced strength, conditioning and powerlifting coaches who are dedicated to helping our members achieve their health and fitness goals; whether it be a beginner wanting to start their journey into strength training, or an elite level powerlifter preparing for their next competition.


Our facilities


Here we believe in having the best equipment available so we can produce the best strength athletes possible and also provide the greatest training experience we can for trainees, whatever their goals.

  • ELEIKO Powerlifting Squat stand & Bench Press
  • 2 lifting platforms made to IPF specifications for Powerlifting
  • Standing Chalk Bowls
  • 3 Power cages
  • 1 Hammerstrength Half Rack
  • Hammerstrength Leg Press
  • Hammerstrength Bench Press
  • Hammerstrength Back ExtensionHammerstrength Iso-Leg Curl
  • Hammerstrength Calf-Raise
  • 2 Imported EliteFTS Signature Competition Bench Press’s
  • 2 Flat / Adjustable Benches
  • Decline Bench Press
  • Incline Bench Press
  • Seated Shoulder Press
  • Glute Hamstring Developer
  • Reverse Hyper Machine
  • Seated Cable Row
  • Standing T-Bar Row
  • Standing Calf Raise Machine
  • ELEIKO competition grade IPF approved powerlifting bar
  • IVANKO competition grade IPF approved powerlifting bar
  • Texas Deadlift Bar
  • Texas Power Bar
  • Trap Deadlift Bar
  • Safety Squat Bar
  • EliteFTS Safety Squat / Yoke Bar
  • Watson Strength made Swiss Bar
  • 3 x Australian Barbell Powerlifting Bars
  • 1 x SMAI 1000kg Rated Power Bar
  • 2 x Ezy bars
Dumbells and Plates
  • Dumbbells up to 50kgs
  • Full set of IVANKO Chrome competition plates
  • Full set of IVANKO Olympic
  • metal plates1000’s of KG’s of Iron plates from Australian Barbell company
  • 40, 24 and 16KG pairs of lifting Chains
  • 2 Deadlift bar jacks

Our Gym Culture

Iron Underground has earned a reputation throughout the Australian strength community as a gym that produces strong athletes. Many of Queensland’s strongest natural powerlifters call Iron Underground their home gym and we have the trophies, broken national records and countless medals shared between our team to prove that we know our field well.

We specialize in customized strength & powerlifting training that is above and beyond what any commercial “health club” can ever offer you. We know that nothing can replace the barbell and the dumbbell when trying to achieve superior physiques and strength.

Our training culture is built on work ethic and a dedicated, supportive community with the goal of becoming better than we were yesterday. Become a part of our crew or train with one of our strength coaches and experience the benefits of a training culture that is essential to getting the most out of yourself.

Iron Underground is currently accepting new members.

Training at Iron Underground

Very few gyms have the authentic hard grit that Iron Underground does.

Mobile phones are disallowed while training, socializing is kept at a minimum and kept for before and after workouts so that the focus can be kept on your strength progression. Which let’s face it should be the point we are here. To become stronger – period.

At Iron Underground, we keep it minimal. “Working out” isn’t about being entertained, being nicely air-conditioned or looking at yourself in mirrors to see if you are doing it right – No! At Iron Underground, you will find yourself so damn focused on moving those weights that you couldn’t care less about entertainment. The sweat will be worn with pride, as a symbol of giving 100%. The exhilaration of becoming stronger and seeing more weight on the bar becomes more important than watching yourself flex in a mirror.

Mirrors are not required because the lifts are treated as skills that are finely tuned and developed through feeling and knowing and actually developing the motor-skills to become proficient at the lifts and exercises. Feeling is knowing.

You will never rely on a mirror for the perfect deadlift or squat here.