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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Head Coach and President of Mississippi Barbell

Here at Mississippi Barbell we pride ourselves in increasing our knowledge base and sharing that knowledge with our members and the community.

Team coaches Amber Sheppard, Esq. and Tyler Smith at the Barbell Shrugged Weightlifting Championships in 2013.

Team coaches Amber Sheppard, Esq. and Tyler Smith at the Barbell Shrugged Weightlifting Championships in 2013.



Tyler Smith, OTR/L

  • Head Coach

  • President, Co-Founder

  • B.S. Exercise Physiology and Kinesiology from Mississippi State University

  • Licensed Occupational Therapist

    • Master's of Occupational Therapy from the University of Mississippi Medical Center

  • USAW

    • Level 3 Advanced Sports Performance Coach (first male coach in the state with this distinction)

    • Athlete Development Camp Coach

    9 years class based functional fitness coaching and programming experience

  • Shadowed The Lab Gym owned by Justin Thacker

  • Coached and qualified national lifters (American Open, Youth, Junior, University, Master and Senior Nationals)

  • Clients include

    • Team USA Skeleton Team Member

    • 2 South Central CrossFit Regionalists

    • State champion weightlifter

    • Session A weightlifters in National Competitions

  • Athletic Accomplishments

    • National USAW athlete

    • First place and best lifter awards (USAW)

    • Former competitive skateboarder

    • Tony Hawk Scholarship recipient

    • CrossFit Sectionals


Assistant Coaches

All assistant coaches have competed in USAW sanctioned events, shadowed under our Head Coaches, and are competent, qualified and current USAW certified coaches.

Only those listed here are affiliated in a coaching capacity with our organization.

Coach Sheppard (left) and Smith (right) with coaching mentor Danny Camargo (center) at a national event in 2014

Coach Sheppard (left) and Smith (right) with coaching mentor Danny Camargo (center) at a national event in 2014

Caleb "Cub" Gressett (intern)