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 in meets 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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At Mississippi Barbell, our goal is to produce athletes and better coaches. We work to teach athletes how to move efficiently so they can have the confidence to compete, participate in their daily WODs, or utilize their explosive power in their respective sports. We also work with coaches on how to effectively and safely instruct the lifts and how to spot and erradicate troublesome errors in athletes.

 

We travel across the region conducting our seminars. Due to the technical nature of the lifts and the amount of information, we usually break our seminars down into Snatch, Clean, or Jerk only for 4 hour seminars. Full day seminars are available upon request. Each seminar must have a minimum number of participants pre-registered and paid for to ensure the seminar takes place; numbers vary dependent on seminar type and distance traveled. Email msweightliftingclub@gmail.com for specifics.

A group of attendees during the powerpoint presentation on the Mississippi coast. Photo credit: Amber Sheppard

A group of attendees during the powerpoint presentation on the Mississippi coast. Photo credit: Amber Sheppard

Every seminar includes:

  • Powerpoint presentation on the lift being taught
  • Videos and comparisions
  • Intensive practical and progression series
Coach Smith discussing the origin of the sport and the club at a gym in Petal, Mississippi. Photo credit: Amber Sheppard

Coach Smith discussing the origin of the sport and the club at a gym in Petal, Mississippi. Photo credit: Amber Sheppard

Seminars Offered:

  • Lifter Specific (Functional fitness, weightlifting, primary and secondary school and higher education athletes)
  • Coaching Specific (Functional fitness, weightlifting, primary and secondary school and higher education coaching)
  • Sports Team Specific
Coach Smith directing progressions in an Alabama seminar. Photo credit: Amber Sheppard

Coach Smith directing progressions in an Alabama seminar. Photo credit: Amber Sheppard

For a list of seminars currently being offered, please check out msbarbell.com/shop/

Past seminars:

Spike's Crossfit

Mobility portion of the seminar in Laurel, Mississippi. Photo credit: Derek Richards

Mobility portion of the seminar in Laurel, Mississippi. Photo credit: Derek Richards

 

Crossfit Petal

Coach Sheppard teaching a progression on Coach Smith in Petal, Mississippi. Photo credit: Katie Graverson

Coach Sheppard teaching a progression on Coach Smith in Petal, Mississippi. Photo credit: Katie Graverson

 

CrossFit Deep South

Coach Smith watching the group in D'Iberville, Mississippi. Photo credit: Amber Sheppard

Coach Smith watching the group in D'Iberville, Mississippi. Photo credit: Amber Sheppard

 

CrossFit Ocean Springs

CrossFit Ocean Springs attendees with Coach Smith (far right) and Coach Sheppard (bottom right). Junior lifters Vic Sanders (far left) & Caleb Gressett (second to left) helped coach and demonstrate at this event. Photo credit: Tyler Smith

CrossFit Ocean Springs attendees with Coach Smith (far right) and Coach Sheppard (bottom right). Junior lifters Vic Sanders (far left) & Caleb Gressett (second to left) helped coach and demonstrate at this event. Photo credit: Tyler Smith

 

CrossFit Eastern Shore

Mississippi Barbell's first out of state seminar at CrossFit Eastern Shore in Alabama. Photo credit: Tyler Smith

Mississippi Barbell's first out of state seminar at CrossFit Eastern Shore in Alabama. Photo credit: Tyler Smith



Past Seminar Attendee Feedback

Coach Smith giving real time feedback during the practical break out sessions. Photo credit: Amber Sheppard

Coach Smith giving real time feedback during the practical break out sessions. Photo credit: Amber Sheppard

I enjoyed the seminar immensely and got a ton of practice with proper form. I have been struggling for months on power cleans and didn’t seem to be making consistent progress. The heaviest I ever got was 185#x1 and only got 180#x1 once after that. Last Thursday (the week after the seminar) I hit 190x2 and it actually seemed pretty easy compared to past efforts. Thanks for the coaching!”
— T.H.
Thanks for the info from the seminars at CrossFit Ocean Springs this summer.I’ve added 40 pounds to my snatch, 20 pounds to my clean and jerk, and 30 pounds on my jerk from the rack!
— K.S.
I attended both the snatch and clean seminars and I feel like they helped me a great deal. Being new to weightlifting, it was exactly what I needed to learn the correct positions. I learned to lift heavier I have to be doing the lift correctly first. I haven’t attempted any PRs because I have been working constantly on correct positioning with my feet, ankles, knees, hips, shoulders, butt, back, and head. That takes a lot of coordination and muscle memory and I’m working hard to master it! The only thing that is a negative to me is that y’all are in Jackson and I live in Biloxi, so I can’t schedule 1:1 sessions!
— R.B.
I really enjoyed your Oly lifting seminar. I came into crossfit with a great strength base from weightlifting prior to starting and have performed well on all the other movements but the Oly lifts have dogged me since the beginning because of the complexity, the mobility and difficulty of the moves.

The way you broke the movements down to it’s absolute basics and them hammered it into our heads by repeatedly having us go over it with low weights was awesome.

I did PR on the squat clean and jerk in the afternoon by ten lbs but probably more importantly my technique on the snatch has improved considerably.

In the past, I could barely snatch 75lbs and my form was terrible. My form is now improving and the day after the seminar I was warming up with 85lb snatch.

Overall, this seminar was very successful. I appreciate Amber & Tyler’s time and patience with me. I was getting frustrated with myself when we started putting weight on the snatch but Tyler’s critical eye was helpful in helping me realize where my body should be and when!
— B.S.
The seminars were run smoothly. I have attended all of them that were at Spike’s Crossfit. I was able to take something away from every seminar... And will be attending every one in the future! I have gotten stronger in every movement.... And PRed both snatch and clean and jerk....
— J.W.