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coaching & equipment


Chandler Parsons
Founder, Owner, and Head Coach

Starting powerlifting at the age of 13, Coach Chandler fell in love with the sport and used it as a way to increase sport performance in high school and college sports. After, he started Backyard Barbell.


The gym started in his Backyard with literally only two clients. Today, with over 15 years of Powerlifting experience, Coach Chandler has built up a resume of over 50 State, American, and World records broken by clients and himself


In addition to training clients for the past decade to smashing PRs, he also has put up some weight in competition himself. His current best lifts are a 683lbs squat, 507lbs bench press, and an 826lbs deadlift in the 275lbs weight class


Nicole Hearn 

Co-owner and Gym Manager

Nicole comes from an extensive sports and fitness background including competing in bodybuilding at the national level in figure.  She is a California state record holder in deadlift with an elite total as well

Nicole is the one that keeps the gym running smoothly and is always there for all our members by going above and beyond to ensure a great experience at Backyard Barbell. 


Diego Rivera 

Powerlifting Coach and Personal Trainer

Diego is a NASM certified personal trainer and holds a degree in both Kinesiology and Computer science. He was introduced to powerlifting by his desire to lose weight. ‘I weigh 240, I want to lose 60 lbs’. Throughout his weight loss journey he quickly realized he was bitten by the ‘Iron Bug’. Possessed by powerlifting, he embraces every aspect of it. Powerlifting became his pleasure, strength coaching his passion.  


Brian Kemp

Powerlifting Coach and Personal Trainer

Brian Kemp is a nationally qualified drug-free powerlifter who is currently competing in the United States Powerlifting Association (USPA). With concentration in human movement and rehabilitation, Brian is currently studying full time in the disciplines of kinesiology, athletic training, and physical therapy. Brian has worked as a certified personal trainer at multiple gyms - where he has helped his various clients lose body fat, gain muscle mass, or rehabilitate from their injuries and become better suited to complete daily physical tasks.

Backyard Barbell's competition kg plates

Our professional grade equipment includes:

  • Competition Combo rack

  • Power racks

  • Kabuki Powerlifting plates

  • Eleiko competition plates

  • Strong man equipment: Yoke, Log, Farmer handles, Sled, Husafell stone, wheel barrow, Hungarian core blaster

  • Texas Squat, Deadlift, and Power bars

  • Safety squat bar, Duffalo bar, Swiss bar and every kind of specialty bar you can think of

  • Belt squat Machine

  • Elitefts Monster hack squat

  • Reverse Hyper

  • Dip bars 

  • Chest supported Row

  • Bands, chains, and weight releasers

  • Flat and adjustable benches

  • Blocks for Block pulls and deficit deadlifts

  • Deadlift platform with band attachments

  • Dumbells 5-150lbs

  • 250lbs stack Lat pulldown with various attachments such as Fat Gripz, grenade handles, Different lat pulldown handles

  • And much much more!

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