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Written reviews

"Love training here, the environment, people, energy and support is amazing. Whether you train seriously or just for a bit of fun everyone is friendly and approachable.

The owner Paul has a wealth of knowledge and experience in coaching and training if you are looking to take your training next level.

Awesome gym."
Jasmine Arnold review of SPC Performance Lab
Jasmine Arnold
Personal training
"Fantastic gym, super friendly and great equipment. Both Paul and Alex are hugely knowledgeable and make training fun, safe and goal drive.

Highly recommended for anyone from an expert lifter to complete novice.

Membership fee is so reasonable and 24/7 access - cannot be beat!"
Nicola Hardingham review of SPC Performance Lab
Nicola Hardingham
Strength training
"One of the best gym to train for powerlifting.
Really loved the environment .
Best equipment"
Sukhwinder review of SPC Performance Lab
Sukhwinder
Powerlifting training
This is the gym for anyone who actually knows what they're doing with weights and doesn't need any useless equipment.

And if you don't know what you're doing, the owner Paul is an exercise scientist and dedicated power lifter himself.

I've had quite a few people explain the basic squat, deadlift and bench press, but none who balanced simplicity of cues with depth of knowledge as well as he did.

AND it's dirt cheap.
Kareem Soliman
Strength training
I absolutely love training at SPC.

Everything from the quality of equipment down to the people is perfect.

Paul is super friendly and knowledgable. 10/10
Amber Chadwick
Strength training
Hands down the best strength gym in the Shire. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a quiet gym with top equipment and an awesome community.
Dylan Davoodifar
Strength training
SPC is one of the best gyms in Sydney for all people including beginners who are interested in strength training and experienced lifters who are competing in Power Lifting.

SPC has an awesome environment where everyone is encouraging, non-intimidating and easy to speak to. SPC is definitely a gym people should check out and there is also a free trial!
Alex Xuan
Strength training
I've been training at SPC for a year now, I can confidently say as someone who doesn't consider themselves a powerlifter, bodybuilder or athlete, but just a normal person who loves training in general.

This gym in Taren Point has been the best training environment investment i stumbled upon.

Paul the owner is such a down to earth guy who loves a chat and will answer any questions about training, nutrition or programming, and everyone else training here is just very friendly and supportive of who you are and whatever your goals are.

Couldn't recommend here highly enough if you're looking for something smaller, more private and a great atmosphere, this is the place for it.
Patrick Norrie
Strength training
Great gym with friendly people and is open 24/7. Paul’s gym is for all types of training whether you are a beginner or advanced.

Paul is very knowledgeable and is never to busy to answer questions or help assist with your training. If you like to train in an environment where no one judges you or any high egos than this is the perfect gym for you.
Brent
Strength training

Coaching reviews

Matt

Matt came to coaching with zero training experience. His goals were to lose body fat, increase muscle size, strength, and reduce re-occurring pain that he would experience in his lower back, hips and knees. As Matt lived 1.5 hours away, all coaching was done online.

We had to start from scratch with Matt, teaching him the basics on how to perform the correct technique on exercises, learn new diet behaviours, and work around injuries and not catastrophise when pain flare-ups occur.

Matt initially was squatting 40kg and deadlifting 60kg. These numbers increased over two years, eventually reaching a 147.5kg squat and 210kg deadlift. He lost approx. 10kg and gained a significant amount of muscle mass. The frequency of his pain flare-ups reduced significantly, and for the most part, he did not experience much pain, only on the odd occasion.

When he had pain, he learned management strategies to work around it whilst continuing to train and understanding not to catastrophise pain and that it would usually pass.

Cynthya

Cynthya had been training for a few years before getting coached by Paul Attard online. Her goals were to increase muscle mass and symmetry to compete in women’s physique. She was looking for a coach to optimise her training to maximise her time and energy spent in the gym.

Her previous training involved the traditional body part split (chest one day, back another, leg another, etc). We modified her training split, which involved training multiple muscle groups on a single day to avoid over-saturating one muscle group per day. There is only so much you can stimulate a muscle group in one day to maximise growth.

Additionally, we allocated training volume to her weak areas and less to strong areas to build a symmetrically looking physique. Cynthya gained a significant amount of muscle and earnt her pro carb in the IFBB women’s physique category.

Eranda

I am delighted to write a recommendation for Paul Attard, whose impact on my fitness journey has been nothing short of transformative.

With Paul's coaching, my approach to the gym, nutrition, and my overall body has undergone a remarkable evolution.

I underwent a training schedule with Paul for over 12 months and it was an exceptional journey and would recommend anyone who is serious about healthspan to consider using Paul’s expertise.

Note, my experience with Paul was purely online which made the results I achieved even more remarkable. From the very beginning, Paul displayed a profound understanding of fitness, tailored to my specific needs and goals. His expertise and dedication to my progress were evident from day one. Here are some key highlights of the incredible transformation I experienced under their guidance:

1. Personalised Training: Paul crafted a tailored workout plan that not only pushed my limits but also ensured I performed exercises with proper form and technique. The attention to detail was instrumental in preventing injuries and maximising results.

2. Nutrition Guidance: Understanding the significance of nutrition, Paul provided invaluable advice on dietary choices and meal planning. His recommendations helped me make healthier food choices that complimented my fitness goals.

3. Motivation and Support: Paul is not just a coach but also a motivational driver. He consistently encouraged me to push beyond my comfort zone, helping me achieve strength levels I never thought possible.

4. Progress Tracking: Paul employed a systematic approach to monitor my progress. Weekly video assessments and adjustments to my workout and nutrition plans ensured that I continued to make steady gains and see visible results.

Thanks to Paul I have witnessed a remarkable transformation in my physique, strength, and overall health. His unwavering commitment to my success and profound knowledge of fitness have left an indelible mark on my fitness journey.

I wholeheartedly recommend Paul to anyone seeking a dedicated, knowledgeable, and results-driven coach. His expertise has the power to transform not just your body but also your entire approach to fitness and well-being. I am truly grateful for the positive impact they have had on my life.

Jason

Jason is a power-lifter who has competed in multiple competitions. Jason was having issues cutting weight for his competitions. He would typically sit a few kilograms over his weight class and then will water cut in the last week to make weight. This would result in poor performance on competition day as water cutting will heavily affect his strength. As such, Jason was looking for nutrition help to get leaner whilst maintaining strength and improving his physique visually.

Jason started his diet at approx. 86kg and end up finishing at approx. 73-74kg. The length of the diet was approx. 6 months. On average, we aimed to lose around 0.5-1% of body weight per week. Jason reached his physique goals whilst getting stronger. Jason can now compete in a whole weight class under what he usually competes in, making him more competitive as his strength-to-body weight ratio increases. Likewise, he can now see his abs and is much more comfortable with his physique, which he hadn’t been for many years.

Now the goal is to increase calories, aiming to gain approx slowly. 0.5-1% of body weight per month so he can build lean muscle and improve his strength.

Paul

Paul is the head coach and owner of SPC Performance Lab. He began lifting 2004 with the usual male goals of wanting to look more muscular and get abdominals.

After achieving these goals, he wanted a new challenge, so he decided to compete in body-building and power-lifting simultaneously. Paul went on to win multiple body-building competitions but chose to move strictly into power-lifting (but still trains for aesthetics too).

Paul competed in multiple power-lifting competitions, coming first in a couple and held the 59kg open men’s Australia deadlift record, lifting 223.5kg. Paul still trains as a competitive power-lifter but has now moved to the 66kg weight class, as staying too light and not putting on muscle impacts the ability to put on lean muscle tissue and strength.

He still likes to keep in shape, and so does a combination of body-building and power-lifting training and sticking to a strict calorie intake to avoid excessive fat gain whilst increasing performance and muscle tissue.

Carmen

Carmen had previously worked with a coach before coming online coaching with Paul. Unfortunately, not much time had been spent on improving her technique. As a result, she was losing out on many gains by having inefficient lifting technique, which resulted in niggly pains and a plateau in strength.

When she started coaching with Paul, the loads she was lifting had to be reduced significantly to re-learn efficient technique on the barbell lifts (squat, bench press and dead-lift). If the load is too heavy and fatigue is high, technique typically breaks down and reverts to its old way by default.

As such, loads must be reduced to get strong and in-grain the new technique over time. As time went on, loads gradually increased whilst holding lifting technique. Carmen eventually moved on to competing in power-lifting competitions. At her second competition, she broke the master's dead-lift Australian record for her weight class (119kg at 48kg body weight).

Aside from power-lifting performance, Carmen also dropped over 5kgs and gained a lot of muscle mass which visually improved her physique.

Kirsten

Kirsten initially reached out for coaching as she was interested in strength training and aimed to compete in her first power-lifting competition. As with most beginner clients, the initial training phase mainly involved teaching her efficient technique on the barbell lifts.

Her training was basic to begin with, mostly performing the squat, bench press, deadlifts, and OH barbell presses with adding weight slowly each week so she could work on her technique whilst getting stronger.

Over time, she maximised her beginner gains and needed a program that was a little more complex to increase her muscle size and strength. Kirsten eventually competed in her first power-lifting competition and hit PRs on all her lifts. As time went on, loads gradually increased whilst holding lifting technique. Carmen eventually moved on to competing in power-lifting competitions. At her second competition, she broke the master's dead-lift Australian record for her weight class (119kg at 48kg body weight).