What is Olympic Weightlifting?

Olympic Weightlifting, is an athletic discipline in which the athlete attempts a maximum-weight single lift of a barbell loaded with weight plates. 

In comparison with other strength sports, which test limit strength (with or without lifting aids), weightlifting tests aspects of human ballistic limits (explosive strength); the lifts are therefore executed faster—and with more mobility and a greater range of motion during their execution—than other strength movements. Properly executed, the snatch and the clean and jerk are both dynamic and explosive while appearing graceful.  

Christina Schmidt (45) - 2018 Houston Championships

Christina Schmidt (45) - 2018 Houston Championships

Tracie Cooper (71) Masters Athlete - Chop Two San Antonio

Tracie Cooper (71) Masters Athlete - Chop Two San Antonio

Absolutely love this club! As someone who transitioned from CrossFit to weightlifting AND also attempted on-line programming/coaching I can honestly say I’ve finally found my “home”. Knowledgeable coaching, a positive environment and athletes who are committed to learning and improving their weightlifting skills.
— Tracie Cooper , Texas State Champion & Record Holder

Our facility is air conditioned, and located inside ASA (Austin Sports Academy) in South Austin.

 

Why Austin Barbell?

We always train with an end goal in mind (for example a competition, mock meet or just simply hitting a PR). 

After various trips to China to tour dozens of training halls, learning from coaches, and train with professional level athletes, I asked myself why can I not apply these same sort of methodologies from the Chinese weightlifting system to the American weightlifter?  

Other training influences also stem from Russia's modern day system, as well from Belarus (80-90s Soviet Union). 

We consider our style of coaching more tactical than most.  We emphasize on technical proficiency and make frequent adjustments to address deficiencies and errors of the athletes we train.  Our training is programmed in 2 month periodization blocks, with embedded strength cycles.  Our training sessions are 2 hours for a reason.  

I think it is one of the best gyms for weightlifters and strength athletes to train 🏋️‍♀️ in Austin, Texas.
— Coach JianPing Ma - Ma Strength, Head Coach, Lindenwood University, 2012-present, Olympian, 1984
Doug Jones (109) - Team Training Session

Doug Jones (109) - Team Training Session