Whether you’re a novice powerlifter or a strength veteran, YouTube has a lot to offer. In this article we’re going to discuss four of the best powerlifting YouTube channels that will help you bring your strength game to the next level.
Jonnie Candito is a YouTube powerlifting veteran who’s been on the internet lifting scene since its heyday. Having competed in elite powerlifting competitions many times, Candito’s informative and meticulously crafted videos have helped thousands of beginner powerlifters develop their strength under the bar.
Candito is particularly well known for his popular (and free) powerlifting programs variously targeted towards beginners, intermediates, and advanced lifters (I reviewed his 6 Week Strength Program here).
With his first appearance having been way back in 2012, Candito has been on the scene for a while. He preaches patience and strategy when it comes to strength training, and you better believe he has both those things. Following a string of injuries that began with him breaking a foot in 2015 – during an international powerlifting competition – Candito undertook a years-long recovery effort which eventually saw him return to full strength and beyond.
Candito also runs one of the most cinematic powerlifting YouTube channels out there. Production values are through the roof on his videos and the attentive viewer is occasionally rewarded with some fairly surreal moments and sequences. (Hint – watch this video of his. You’ll know it when you see it).
Candito’s channel is a great resource for new powerlifters looking to get started in the sport and provides entertaining and insightful lifting wisdom for more experienced athletes too.
Check out CanditoTrainingHQ here.
Stefi Cohen has a Doctorate in Physical Therapy and has set over twenty powerlifting world records. Need I say more?
In a relatively short period of time, Cohen has built up a large cult following online, and has inspired women and men alike with her feats of strength including a 529lb deadlift at just 119lb bodyweight.
Cohen doesn’t keep her encyclopedic store of strength training knowledge to herself either; she regularly posts videos on her YouTube channel featuring powerlifting and physio advice, interviews, and vlog-style content too. Her physical therapy knowledge is a breath of fresh air in the powerlifting community, as she challenges and deconstructs long held bro-wisdom on topics such as rounded-back deadlifts.
If you’re drawn to research-based strength training recommendations, Cohen might be your cup of tea.
Check out Cohen’s channel here.
Omar Isuf has been on the YouTube fitness scene since ‘09, and he’s been creating upbeat and informative powerlifting videos ever since. His content is especially suited for beginner and intermediate powerlifters and features plenty of easy to digest advice on various aspects of strength training. The channel has plenty of appeal for more advanced lifters, too, with comedy elements and skits appearing alongside the more serious, technical discussions.
Avid gym-goers with an interest not only in strength, but in looking good too, will appreciate Isuf’s videos. Though powerlifting is a predominant theme, much of the content he uploads is relevant to a broad audience of gym-goers. Topics such as maximising muscle growth, bulking and cutting cycles, workout recovery, and so on are covered extensively.
Part of Isuf’s appeal no doubt comes from the fact he’s a sort of ‘everyman’ lifter – not an elite athlete, but rather a normal guy who dabbles in all things strength training whilst maintaining aesthetics. That said, he is very strong and has put in years of intelligent training in the weight room.
A subscription to Isuf’s channel guarantees a steady stream of informative and helpful powerlifting and general lifting content. He also makes dope t-shirts, for anyone into gym apparel.
Check out Isuf’s channel here.
Mark Bell – Super Training Gym
Mark Bell may be a bit of a character, but he does run one of very best powerlifting YouTube channels. Featuring an array of big names, up and comers, and veterans from years gone by, Super Training Gym is a source of both powerlifting (and more!) information and motivation. If you’re not convinced, maybe the channel’s about section will do the trick:
“WE STAND TO EMPOWER THOSE WHO SEEK TO IMPROVE THEIR LIFE THROUGH FITNESS. REGARDLESS OF AGE, GENDER, OR WEIGHT – THE ONLY TRUE TRAIT THAT MATTERS IS HEART AND DETERMINATION. OUR PRODUCTS ARE CREATED TO HELP YOU ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS INSIDE AND OUTSIDE OF THE GYM, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, HELP YOU BECOME THE BEST VERSION OF YOURSELF.”– Super Training Gym.
If all those verbs and all that capitalization appeals to you, you’ll love the energy of Mark Bell’s channel. The content isn’t limited to powerlifting either; Super Training has videos featuring strongmen, bodybuilders, and more.
Check out Bell’s channel here.