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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Who Can Be A Mississippi Barbell Member

  • Any athlete 6 years or older

  • Anyone who wants to further the development of an Olympic sport in Mississippi

  • Beginners through advanced athletes looking to improve their technique and strength under the guidance of the top ranked coaches in the state

  • Full time or part time Olympic weightlifters, powerlifters, or athletes looking to improve their performance on the field, on the track, or on the court

  • Athletes who abide by all USAW, IWF, USAPL, IPF, USADA and WADA regulations

  • Residents of any state. Just because our name has Mississippi in it doesn't mean we exclude residents of other states. We offer remote blog training access to accommodate individuals who don't live in the Jackson metro area.

  • Other coaches. Those who wish to become Mississippi Barbell coaches must practice with the team, complete an internship, and pass a rigorous evaluation test.

Benefits Of Being A Mississippi Barbell Member

  • Access to certified and experienced coaches who have worked with every population including youth, junior, senior, special needs and masters

  • Team unisex shirt or tank top

  • Coaching at local meets and in team training at no extra cost

  • Access and discount to Team Chiropractor Clayton Pitts at Norville Chiropractic for active members (dues are current, currently train with our programming, and are active in competitions)

  • Help with travel expenses to national meets if Coach Amber & Tyler are coaches of record and you follow our programming (as funding allows)

Competition Teams

  • Available for Youth, Junior, Senior, and Masters athletes at a local and national level

  • If a current Mississippi Barbell athlete qualifies for a national event with a designated total in a meet then they are on the national competition team

  • Registration and lodging will be provided for national and international events as funding allows. The lifter will then represent their weight class and earn a national ranking. From there, athletes have the ability to become part of Team USA and further pursue any Olympic Games dreams they have

  • National level athletes receive specialized personal programming for national or international events at a discounted rate.

  • All current Competition Team members receive adjustments before events by Team Chiropractor Clayton Pitts at Norville Chiropractic (please call for appointments).

Membership Fees & Requirements

  • Yearly Team Dues: $50/year to cover equipment repairs, shirt costs, and other expenses

  • Monthly Dues: in house training or remote training access

  • Requirements for Competitive Athletes (those who compete at local or national events)


Functional fitness athlete Amanda getting on site feedback from Coach Sheppard during team training. Photo credit: George Baladi

Functional fitness athlete Amanda getting on site feedback from Coach Sheppard during team training. Photo credit: George Baladi