Mississippi Barbell

The Source for Weightlifting in Mississippi

Mississippi Barbell, formerly known as Mississippi Weightlifting Club, is a strength sport nonprofit for the state. It was the first USA Weightlifting sanctioned Club in the Mississippi and remains the largest.

Our organization trains and promotes Olympic weightlifting and powerlifting. We serve as a resource for anyone looking to compete at the local, national, or international level and for anyone who wants to improve their lifts for sports performance. Mississippi Barbell is open to all levels of athletes from any walk of life, at any age, who want to become better athletes and have fun along the way. We want to sharpen ourselves and all interested Mississippi athletes competitively. In order to be the best, you have to train with the best. And that is exactly what Mississippi Barbell aims to be.

We are located at 1907 Spillway Rd. Brandon, MS 39047

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Mississippi Barbell History Is Mississippi's Olympic Weightlifting History

Creating the first USA Weightlifting club in Mississippi didn't happen overnight nor was it easy. Our long-time followers know our history but for those who are just finding us we've compiled a time line of Olympic weightlifting in Mississippi.





  • Local graphic designer Lauren Mashburn designed our state meet logo
  • Coach Smith became a licensed Occupational Therapist (he is also a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant)
  • Coach Sheppard began writing forStrength Agenda
  • Female lifters joined the team and helped us win 1st place Men and Women at the Gayle Hatch meet that year




  • Our current facility grew to 8 platforms, 14 bars of various weights, a power rack, and multiple pulling blocks/jerk blocks
  • There are now 4 other Mississippi USAW Clubs; we remain the largest
  • The third annual state meet was held
  • Coaches Smith and Jensen were elected to positions on the Southern LWC
  • We continued to host local mock meets
  • We partnered with Gulfport Crossfit to bring the first USAW meet to the Mississippi Gulfcoast: The GPX Open
  • The largest teams we've had from Mississippi attended Junior Nationals
  • Athletes qualified for all major national events
  • Our first international powerlifting medal was procured (and a World Team spot)
  • Our Youth program grew to include girls and boys from ages 6 through 12
  • Coaches Sheppard and Smith collaborated on another Performance Menu article (Training Special Populations)

History In A Nutshell

4 years of operation.

57 current athletes.

33 qualified for national events.

3 CrossFit Regionalists.

4 masters medalists.

2 international powerlifting medalists. 2 CrossFit Games athletes.

1 international Skeleton medalist.

1 World Champion.

Mississippi's First and Largest USAW Organization

Every week we will publish a new blog on a variety of Olympic weightlifting topics. Contributors will include our coaches as well as Guest Posts.

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