Patrik Hedqvist

Patrik Hedqvist

Raised in the far north of Sweden, just below the arctic circle, his athlete “career” started with hockey and football at the age of 6yrs. He started training with weights in the early 90´s. Taking it seriously from the start, Patrik wanted to know more about how the body responds to training and diet so he took his PT degree in 1997 followed an advanced degree same year. He started his physiotherapy education at Umea university 2001 and during his studies he found Powerlifting since there was a great club in the town. Bachelor graduated 2004 and continued with studies on sports nutrition and Orthopedic manual techniques. Started working as a physio 2005. He did his first powerlifting competition in 2002 and has done more than 50 competitions since then, both bench press only meets and powerlifting in both classic and equipped disciplines. He also placed in the medals on local and national championships, but the proudest moments have been just recent years, getting bronze medals for the bench press event at both IPF Worlds 2017 as well as the IPF Europeans 2018. Both these in the -105 kg class M1 category (age category 40-50y).

Our strength training gym is 100% certified by Eleiko, a global leader in strength training. Our experience, knowledge and facility makes us the ultimate facility for strength training in Dubai for ALL skill levels, beginner to advanced athletes.

Desert Barbell Sports Club is a strength training gym that is founded on community. This is our community’s home, where we support each other’s growth and development. Stronger, together.

Our Coaches are here to support your journey of self-development, from one-on-one personal training to online programming, we are here to make sure you develop and grow.

He has trained powerlifters since 2006 and worked in the Swedish Powerlifting Federation, as part of a small group of trainers between 2010-2014, to develop the education system. He was also involved in the anti-doping committee during that time and was head coach for the national team at Europeans 2014 and assistant coach 2013. He was also the head of a regional development team for 5 years, competing with Northern Finland and Norway. More recently Patrik has been living in Dubai, during this time working as a physio and Strength Coach at Scandinavian Health & Performance (SHP), before starting up Desert Barbell. His style of training is very much built around technique and high specificity when it comes to the Powerlifting movements. The range of lifters he has coached stretches from absolute beginners to IPF world record holders and he finds as much joy in helping both these groups. Patrik looks forward to managing a great team of coaches at Desert Barbell Sports Club and we will welcome lifters of all form and sizes, regardless of goals and experience.

Whether you are looking for dedicated powerlifting or weightlifting coaching, a general strength program or want to do a total transformation, our coaching staff has the experience to support you on this journey. We want to help you lift, learn and live better. We offer coaching services to both members and non-members, and we are able to train you both in-house at Desert Barbell Sports Club or at you a place more convenient to you.

Our Coaches can help with:

  • Conventional Personal Training (one-on-one all-round training)
  • Transformation programs – including nutrition advice
  • Technical lifting screening (including video analysis and screening report for the Squat, Bench Press and Deadlift)
  • Powerlifting or Weightlifting specific Programming & Coaching (inclusive of in-house coaching sessions)
  • General Strength programs and coaching
  • Online training

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