What is ISPP?

Iron Strength Power & Performance is a high performance strength training facility in Cairns. We specialise in POWERLIFTING, STRONGMAN, WEIGHTLIFTING and SPORTS PERFORMANCE. Our services extend to any strength discipline and strength performance activity.

The facility is primarily OPEN GYM, whereby our athletes & members train according to their own schedule, following a ‘program’ written by their specific sports coaches or ISPP coaches. Our members range from professional & amateur athletes to clients completely new to strength training. One on one and introductory powerlifting courses are an additional service we offer.

Equipment in the facility is mainly comprised of free weights. There are no cardio machines. There are plenty of squat racks, bench presses, lifting platforms, weightlifting bars, bumper and cast iron plates, dumbbells and odd implements to lift, drag, pull, push and press with.

Why join ISPP?

Because we do things differently here!

You aren't just sold a membership and then left to your own devices. Your membership includes basic coaching and supervision from our ISPP coaches.  

We teach you how to lift properly and safely, and we're always on hand to give you a spot, watch and critique a set, and answer any questions.

We are not like a normal gym. 

✅ Chalk is permitted
🎶 The music is loud and good
🚫 Not a mirror in sight
👊 A supportive community of lifters
👋 Members actually talk to each other
👋 An un-intimidating environment
🙅‍♂️ No egos
🙅‍♀️ No bulls#!t
🐶 and we've got a GYM DOG !

A little about ISPP

ISPP has been a lifelong dream. We have developed ISPP to create awareness of Powerlifting, Strongman, Weightlifting and Sports Performance, and to provide a facility to train for these specialised sports. Our passion and love for strength sports have primarily driven our motivation to bring this facility to Cairns.

We promote drug free lifting and have affiliated with Powerlifting Australia, which is governed by Sports Australia & the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Agency.

Our facility is for anyone who is serious about their strength training. They can be from all sporting backgrounds, levels of ability, age and gender. We want to create a supportive community whereby members train together and encourage and motivate each other. We train hard and have high expectations of ourselves as both coaches and athletes.

We hope to motivate and inspire everyone to take up a strength journey of their own.

Coach E & Jacks
Powerlifting, often confused with Olympic lifting, is a sport in which competitors attempt to lift as much weight as possible for one repetition in the squat, bench press, and deadlift. Competitions are generally all day events that begin with the squat, progress to the bench press, and conclude with the deadlift. Every lifter is allowed three attempts at each lift, making for a total of nine competition lifts throughout the day. The best successful attempts for each lift are added together giving the athlete a total score in kg’s lifted. Each lifter is placed into a specific division and classified by several variables including weight class & age group.
Strongman is a sport that could only be described as strength athletics. Unlike powerlifting where the competitors aim only for maximal strength, strongman competitors must also have speed, agility and endurance. The principle task is to pick up random heavy objects and move them as part of an “event”. Strongman events are always varied and often unknown until the day of competition, and can comprise of 1 or more movements to make up an event. Some events include truck pulls, farmers carries, yoke carries, atlas stone loads, log presses, trailer/car deadlifts and even throwing events like a keg toss.
Weightlifting consists of two lifts: the snatch and the clean & jerk. In the snatch, the weightlifter lifts the barbell from the floor to overhead in a single movement. In the clean & jerk, the weightlifter lifts the barbell first from the floor to the shoulders (the clean) and then from the shoulders to overhead (the jerk).  In a competition, each weightlifter has three attempts in the snatch and three attempts in the clean & jerk. The weight of the best of each lifts is added to create the weightlifter's total, and the best total wins.



Elias Wright
Elias Wright

Director/Head Coach

  • Beauty
  • Coach E
  • Fierce beard
  • Often seen around the gym yelling cues; squinting at and picking apart everyone's lifting technique; delivering his trademark comments of disapproval; and teaching Mila Dog tricks.

    Jacqueline Feher
    Jacqueline Feher

    Director/Assistant Coach

    • Brawn
    • Boss Lady
    • Fierce resting bitch face
    • Often seen around the gym obsessively rearranging & tidying equipment in between her working sets;  frowning at Elias for teaching Mila Dog bad habits; and just generally frowning at anything Elias does.

      Mila Dog
      Mila Dog

      Membership Consultant

      • The only reason we have members


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