HOURS

Open 24/7/365

CONTACT & LOCATION

1630 Remuda Lane

San Jose, CA 95112

backyardbarbellclub@gmail.com

(408) 320-1915

coaching & equipment

Coaches

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 50 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 220 lbs (1440 total), 242 lbs (1565 total), and 275 lbs (1770 total) weight classes. 

 

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.

Ali Copani

Powerlifting coach

Ali Copani has been training and competing in powerlifting with Backyard Barbell for 3 years. Since starting with Coach Chandler, she has added 200 pounds to her total, and counting. Ali is NASM certified and started coaching with the intention of giving back to the community that has enhanced her life so much. “I started going to the gym because I wanted to be as strong as I felt inside. I stumbled upon powerlifting when I began working with a trainer, and realized I had found my sport. Backyard has not only been a place where I’ve gotten stronger than I ever expected to be, it also gave me a community that supported my mentality.” She is passionate about helping women build strength and become confident training with the barbell. Her main goal with Pinup Powerlifting, is to give women the space to realize that strength and being feminine can coexist.

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.  

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 ER racks

  • Ivanko Competition 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

  • Glute ham raise/developer

  • Reverse Hyper

  • 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!

equipment