BRUSSELS WEIGHTLIFTING SCHOOL Weightlifting, powerlifting and physical preparation school in Ixelles/Watermael-Boitsfort

Want to practise weightlifting  or powerlifting in a young and dynamic club with quality coaching ? Then join us ! 

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Our goal

The BWS (Brussels Weightlifting School) is a weightlifting school located in Watermael-Boitsfort (Brussels) and its goal is to:

  • to initiate to weightlifting and powerlifting
  • to train competitive weightlifters and powerlifters
  • to train coaches of various sports to the practice of weightlifting for physical preparation
  • to allow everyone, regardless of age, to improve their physical condition
  • to ensure the physical preparation of all types of athletes

The Brussels Weightlifting School is a member of the LFPH.

Who are we ?

Anna Vanbellinghen, weightlifter and High Level Athlete under ADEPS contract with an impressive track record (11th at the Tokyo Olympics, 7th at the 2021 World Championships, several times gold and silver medallist at the European Senior and Under 23 Championships), Marianne Saarhelo weightlifter of the Finnish federation, several times Finnish champion, silver medalist of the Roma 2020 World Cup, 1st of group B at the 2019 European Championships, as well as Martijn Verhagen, and Dirk Verreycken are ready to provide you with quality coaching and precise follow-up, as well as personalized training programs and private lessons. Adrien Dubus also provides physiotherapy and osteopathy services.

Anna Vanbellinghen is also a certified ADEPS instructor, and Dirk Verreycken is a certified Sport Vlaanderen instructor.

We speak English, French, Dutch, Finnish and Russian.



Contrary to popular belief, weightlifting is a sport for everyone, regardless of your age or gender. This sport strengthens your muscle chains, improves your bone density, your flexibility, your explosiveness, your speed and, of course, your strength. It is, as such, practiced by many athletes from volleyball, basketball, tennis, judo, etc. to help them in their sport.

And contrary to preconceived ideas, weightlifting is also beneficial for children and teenagers, as long as they are mature enough to focus and follow exercise instructions. 

You can read this article or watch this video to learn more.