coaching & equipment


Chandler Parsons
Founder, Owner, and Head Coach


Starting at the age of 13, Chandler used powerlifting to improve his sport performance in high school and college. After college, he focused solely on powerlifting, and opened Backyard Barbell in his backyard. 


From having only two members at the beginning, Chandler grew his gym to now have over 70 members. Many come to his gym not knowing anything about powerlifting, and are now competing and training for state, American, and world records. 


In addition to training athletes for the past decade, he also holds records of his own, including the junior deadlift record in 2014 and the Open Drug free deadlift record in 2017. He holds natural elite totals in the 220lbs, 242lbs, and 275 lbs weight classes in Raw powerlifting, along with an elite total in the 242lbs weight class in classic raw.

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.

Diego Rivera 

Powerlifting coach and personal trainer

Diego is a NASM certified personal trainer, who currently minors in kinesiology. 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.  

Nicole Ushman


Nicole Ushman 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 a natural elite total. Discovering powerlifting was game changing for her physique and strength goals, and she is excited to share her passion and knowledge with clients. Nicole is a nutritionist and has helped members achieve a wide range of goals including weight loss, clean bulking, body recomposition, and overall health and wellness. She focuses on the individual’s lifestyle and habits, working to make life long changes. 

Jason Thai

Olympic lifting coach and personal trainer 

As a coach Jason Thai has unique blend of education with experience. Jason's passion for human performance led him to graduate from one of the best strength and conditioning programs in nation: California State University, Fullerton. In addition, Jason is a certified strength and conditioning specialist and USA weightlifting coach. Over the last 7-years he has amassed over 5,000 personal training hours and coached division 1 collegiate to professional level athletes with the from various sports. Through his time exploring various ways to improve athleticism he discovered his love for weightlifting. He has competed as master athlete and operated as an assistant coach under the tutelage of 4-time National Silver Medalist and Masters American Record Holder, Nghiep Dinh. His current goal is to share and spread his love for the sport in San Jose. 

Our professional grade equipment includes:

  • Competition Combo racks

  • Ivanko Competition Calibrated Kilo plates

  • Texas Squat, Deadlift, and Power bars

  • Eleiko competition powerlifting bar

  • Safety squat bar, Duffalo bar, Swiss bar and other specialty bars

  • Belt squat Machine

  • Elitefts Monster hack squat

  • Reverse Hyper

  • Dip bars 

  • Chest supported Row

  • Bands, chains, and weight releasers

  • Flat and adjustable benches

  • Power rack

  • 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!


Open 24/7/365


1630 Remuda Lane

San Jose, CA 95112

(408) 320-1915