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 State and remains the largest. We are located in the metro Jackson, MS area. The organization trains and promotes Olympic weightlifting and powerlifting.  We serve as a resource for anyone looking to compete inmeets and for anyone who wants to improve their lifts for sports performance. We are open to all levels of lifters 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.

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Mississippi Barbell Powerlifting

Mississippi Barbell's powerlifting team is a sanctioned club by USA Powerlifting. The team is comprised of male and female lifters of all ages and is coached by USAPL Coach Amber Sheppard. Our powerlifting team trains at the same time as our weightlifters with many athletes competing in both.

All athletes who wish to compete must be drug-free and abide by all USAPL and IPF rules and regulations.

Mississippi Barbell athlete Ray Williams breaking the world squat record in 2015 with 425.5/938. Photo credit: Harnek Rai

Mississippi Barbell athlete Ray Williams breaking the world squat record in 2015 with 425.5/938. Photo credit: Harnek Rai

 

What Is Powerlifting

  • Squat, Bench, and Deadlift
  • Lifters are divided into two categories: raw and equipped
  • Raw lifters are only allowed to wear belts, wrist wraps, and unsupported knee wraps
  • Equipped lifters can wear "gear" like thick suits, shirts, and supporting knee wraps.
  • A majority of our lifters compete Raw
Coach Amber squatting 123 at 71 winning the State Games in 2013. Photo credit: Leslie Lee

Coach Amber squatting 123 at 71 winning the State Games in 2013. Photo credit: Leslie Lee

Team Members

  • Ray Williams: World Champion, world record squat and total
  • Melissa Copeland: international medalist and state record holder
  • Andrew Bator: national level athlete
  • Amber Sheppard: national level lifter, athlete of the year, and former multiple state record holder
  • Natalie Cantrell: 2013 Junior National Champion; equipped
  • Heath Williams: state record holder
  • Erin Hopkins: 2014 state champion and former record holder