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.

We have two locations: (1) our olympic weightlifting headquarters in Brandon, MS located near the metro Jackson, MS area and (2) our satellite olympic weightlifting location Mississippi Barbell Gulf Coast located in Gulfport, MS near Biloxi, Ocean Springs, Saucier, and Bay St. Louis.

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 within Reservoir Crossfit at 131 Builders Square, Brandon, MS and within Gulfport Crossfit at 300 Creosote Road, Gulfport, MS.

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Mississippi Barbell: Gulf Coast

  The only USA Weightlifting sanctioned club in Gulfport, Biloxi, Ocean Springs, Bay St. Louis, and Saucier area.

The only USA Weightlifting sanctioned club in Gulfport, Biloxi, Ocean Springs, Bay St. Louis, and Saucier area.

Mississippi Barbell expanded in 2017 to open a location on the Mississippi Gulf Coast so gulf coast athletes can benefit from and train olympic weightlifting and powerlifting under Coach Amber Sheppard at Gulfport CrossFit.

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 our 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


Mississippi Barbell Gulf Coast is led by Amber Sheppard, this program 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.

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Expert Olympic Weightlifting Coaching In Your Backyard


Now Mississippi coast weightlifters and powerlifters don't have to trek to Jackson to get one on one, small group, or team training.

Visit Coach Sheppard during team training sessions three times a week, send her videos, or access your personalized program at any time and train with specialized olympic weightlifting equipment (men, women, youth bearing bars; kilo plates; change plates; platforms; reverse hyper; jerk blocks; pull blocks; and more).

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On Site Training

o   Coach led group weightlifting sessions

  • Coach Amber is on site as needed throughout the week dependent on scheduling
  • Appointments for your first session or visit can be made via email at msweightliftingclub@gmail.com
  • 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
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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!

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: $175 for non GPX families, $160 for GPX families. No kid cap. Must be in same household.

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