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 Opens Second Location And New Kid's Program

Please see the following press release on our exciting new venture with Gulfport CrossFit to bring olympic weightlifting and youth weightlifting to the Mississippi Gulf Coast area.

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Gulfport CrossFit has been a pioneer in our Gulfport fitness community for 5 years.  We continuously strive to bring expert coaching and diverse sports programming to the Gulfport community.

In addition to being Gulfport’s first CrossFit gym, we hosted the first and only USA Weightlifting meets on the Mississippi gulf coast with Mississippi Barbell.

That’s why we are honored to bring two new programs to Gulfport, Ocean Springs, Biloxi, Bay St. Louis, Long beach, Pass Christian, and Saucier:

(1) organized Olympic weightlifting with Mississippi Barbell Gulf Coast; and

(2) GPX Kid’s Fit, a fitness and sports performance program designed for ages 6 and up.

Mississippi Barbell Gulf Coast

Mississippi Barbell was the first USAW club in Mississippi and remains the largest in the state. Like Gulfport CrossFit, Mississippi Barbell strives for excellence and innovation while safely and effectively developing athletes of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds.

In the last 5 years their expert coaching staff, Amber Sheppard and Tyler Smith, have become the highest ranked weightlifting coaches in the state. Together they developed and brought the first Mississippi teams to all major National weightlifting championships. They have been sought out for seminars, coaching certifications, and athlete development by coaches, schools, and universities across the Region.

Headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, Mississippi Barbell works with Youth (aged 6 and up), Junior, Senior, Masters (35 and up), and special populations.

Mississippi Barbell Athlete Accomplishments

·        39 athletes qualified for national events

·        3 CrossFit Regionalists

·        4 masters national and international medalists

·        2 international powerlifting medalists

·        2 World Champions (IPF)

·        2 American Records (powerlifting, USAPL)

·        2 CrossFit Games athletes

·        1 international Skeleton medalist

Now Mississippi Barbell is expanding to the Mississippi Gulf Coast and will be working out of Gulfport CrossFit.

Led by Amber Sheppard, she will be bringing her 17 years of competitive experience to the area for Olympic weightlifting and powerlifting. Having interned and worked with Danny Camargo, Justin Thacker, Gayle Hatch, and Matt Bruce, Coach Sheppard knows and understands athletes, how to coach them, and what they need in their programming to excel to the next level.

Join Coach Sheppard on site Monday and Wednesdays 5:00 -7:30 pm and Saturdays 9:00 am until to develop your technique, improve your sports performance, and get expert coaching right in your backyard. You will have full access to our weightlifting area in Gulfport CrossFit at any time their group classes are occurring.

 Can’t make it in? Sign up for personalized remote programming with the Mississippi Barbell team and train at your own pace and at the facility of your choosing.

Mississippi Barbell Gulf Coast Services

Our services are available to all athletes and coaches regardless of gym affiliation.

·        On site Olympic weightlifting coaching with Coach Sheppard at Gulfport Crossfit

o   Coach led group weightlifting sessions

  • Monday and Wednesdays 5:00-7:30pm, Saturday mornings
  • Free 5 day a week program included with all on site memberships
  • Access to train with our Olympic weightlifting equipment at any time Gulfport CrossFit is having class (even if Coach Sheppard is not on site)
  • Ask our expert coaches questions and upload videos in our closed Facebook Group

Pricing (per month)

·        Current GPX Members: $59 unlimited access. Family discounts available.

·        Non GPX Members

o   $89 once a week training

o   $119 twice a week training

o   $149 unlimited training

o   Family discounts available

o   Personal training sessions

o   Small group training sessions

  • Grab a friend (or five) and work with Coach Sheppard
  • Coaches only sessions also available
  • Pricing per person dependent on size of group; email us for rates


·        Remote Programming

o   Access our Olympic weightlifting or powerlifting programming at any time

o   Train out of your garage, another gym, or wherever convenient

o   Ask our expert coaches questions and upload videos in our closed Facebook Group

o   $59/month


·        Olympic weightlifting and powerlifting meet coaching



Gulfport CrossFit Kid’s Fit

As a parent myself I know you guys come in day after day busting your tails so you can live a long and healthy life alongside your kids. You work hard to set a good example for them so what better way to share your day then to have them join you at Gulfport CrossFit!

Our newest program, Kids’ Fit, is now up and running Monday and Wednesdays 4:15-5:00 pm. We will have make up classes by appointment only on Fridays and Saturdays dependent on coach availability.

We are fortunate to have Coach Sheppard with Mississippi Barbell at the helm of Kid’s Fit. She has worked with athletes ages 6 and up (and those with disabilities) for over a decade.

In addition to running Mississippi Barbell for the last five years, she has been a competitive strength athlete for 17 and coordinates and coaches youth Athlete Development Camps for USA Weightlifting in the SouthEast Region.

Not only will your kids learn how to exercise, weightlift, and move properly with our expert coaching staff, but they will also be doing so in a fun and safe environment.

Early Bird Pricing

3 days a week personalized program included in all packages

Family discounts available

o   Once a week: $69/month

o   3 months paid in full: $189 then $69 autodraft monthly for month 4+

o   6 month contract (autodraft): $55/month

o   Twice a week: $99/month

o   3 months paid in full: $269 with a shirt then $99 autodraft monthly for month 4+

o   6 months contract (autodraft): $85/month



If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at GPXcoach@hotmail.com or msweightliftingclub@gmail.com.


We look forward to seeing you in the gym!


Patrick Burgess, Owner Gulfport CrossFit

Amber Sheppard & Tyler Smith, Founders Mississippi Barbell