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  • Dr. Kate Henry

Powerlifting + Mental Health = Freedom Barbell Plus

Updated: May 8, 2023

We launched one of the world's first powerlifting programs that combines fitness + mental health for people of all ages, genders and fitness levels.

It's called

Freedom Barbell Plus


The Next Group Starts Soon
in Exton, PA.


Powerlifting is Healing We've teamed up with Dr. Kresge of Kinetic Physical Therapy to create Freedom Barbell Plus: one of the world' first programs that combines the benefits of powerlifting + mindfulness to help set people free from anxiety, depression, and the consequences of trauma and mental health conditions. It does that by empowering athletes to become phenomenally strong, centered and skilled through regular powerlifting, mindset and mindfulness training in a safe and supportive community of like-minded peers.

We chatted with Dr. Kresge about the physical benefits of powerlifting here in this video a few months ago.


Freedom Barbell Plus Outcomes Freedom Barbell Plus athletes

  • learn how to perform barbell movements with proper technique and form

  • understand the basics of strength programming, while tracking their reps, weights and intensity throughout classes

  • gain SIGNIFICANT full body strength and confidence with heavy lifting

  • develop a safe and supportive community of fellow lifters who are interested in mental and physical wellness

  • practice the foundations of positive psychology and mindfulness training

  • improve their outlook and confidence inside and outside of the gym


Real Results

from the first Freedom Barbell Plus 8 Week Course participants

  • 100% of freedom barbell participants report that the class improved their mental health.

  • 100% of freedom barbell participants liked this class and wanted us to offer this class again.

  • Freedom barbell participants start the program feeling an average of 4/10 confident in their powerlifting abilities and 4/10 safe in the gym. They graduate feeling 9/10 confident and 9/10 safe in the gym.

Additional benefits that participants report include improved mindset, improved relationship with their bodies and hydration and nutrition, as well as feeling strong inside and out.


What Makes it Trauma Informed?

Here are just a few considerations that go into creating a trauma informed weight training program. There's so much more than what goes into this, but this is a short video that gives you a few cool examples.


You Can Get Stronger and Thrive

Freedom barbell plus makes an exercise prescription for healing mental health conditions a reality. This program is a wonderful place for people who want to practice physical as well as mental and spiritual health practices to improve their performance, sense of wellbeing, and happiness.

Additionally, this class is adapted to be the ideal starting place for people who might feel intimidated to begin powerlifting in a regular gym, or those who are returning to the gym after a long period away.

This program is designed to help people completely transform from the inside out. Feeling strong, confident and capable is a pivotal part of healing from anything - including depression, anxiety and more. If you're interested, fill out the form below and we'll contact you so you can learn more.


For Professionals

Freedom Barbell Plus Makes Therapeutic Exercise a Realistic Prescription for Clients with Mental Health Issues

We know that you want your clients with depression and anxiety to exercise, but there are so many things that can get in the way.

This class is specifically designed to remove the common barriers to exercise so that people can use movement to heal from mental health disorders.

Here's how.

If you have a referral for Freedom Barbell Plus, please email or visit

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Freedom Barbell Plus Trauma Informed Powerlifting Program


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