Mississippi Barbell, originally known as Mississippi Weightlifting Club, has had the fortune of working with and being mentored by some of the most respected names in olympic weightlifting. Without their support and guidance, the first USAW club in Mississippi would not be in existence. We are not ones to sit back and relax, as coaches or as busisness owners.
We are always striving to broaden our knowledge base and the following coaches and athletes have given us more than we could have ever asked for.
Matt Bruce, Bruce Barbell and Gayle Hatch Weightlifting
Matt Bruce is part of a long line of successful strength and conditioning coaches from Gayle Hatch Weightlifting. With over 17 years of experience in Olympic weightlifting, Coach Bruce has profound knowledge in program design and periodization for explosive strength, power, and force velocity development. Matt’s experience as an Olympic weightlifting National Champion and member of multiple Junior and Senior World teams make him one of the most decorated strength and conditioning coaches in the country. Matt’s records during his career include a best snatch of 152 kg (334 lbs.) and best clean and jerk of 192 kg (422 lbs.) at a body weight of 85 kg (187 lbs.). Matt is a USAW certification instructor in addition to CrossFit Olympic Lifting and the Advanced Weightlifting Trainer's Course.
Matt with a 187/412 C&J at the 2011 American Open
Danny Camargo, USAW International Coach and Camargo Oly Concepts
Daniel Camargo is a 24-year veteran of Olympic Weightlifting and owner of Altamonte CrossFit in Florida. He learned the Snatch and Clean+Jerk at age 12 and has never left the sport. As an athlete Camargo represented the United States of America in nine international competitions and set three American Records (Junior). At 21 years old, which was his final competitive year, and weighing 83 kg (182.6 lbs.), Camargo lifted a 152.5 kg (334 lbs.) Snatch and 180 kg (396 lbs.) in the Clean & Jerk; a Jr. American Record. Having been trained by some of the very best U.S. Coaches, Camargo is now, himself, a highly-regarded and sought-after coach. Camargo has been given several assignments by USA Weightlifting as a coach for Team USA- one of which was the job of Team Leader and Coach for the Junior World Championships, held in Romania in 2009, and in 2014 he was the USA Team Coach for the Junior Pan Am Championships.
Mississippi Barbell training session with Danny Camargo and Coach Tyler Smith in 2014
Gayle Hatch, 2004 Olympic Head Coach & Gayle Hatch Weightlifting
Coach Hatch is a USA Weightlifting Senior U.S. International Coach. He served as Head Coach of the Men’s 2004 USA Olympic Weightlifting Team in Athens, Greece and is a member of the USA Strength and Conditioning Coaches Hall of Fame, the USA Weightlifting Hall of Fame and the American Indian Athletic Hall of Fame. The Gayle Hatch Weightlifting Team has won over 53 USA Weightlifting National Championships. Gayle Hatch athletes have competed in 1984, 1988 and 1992 US Olympic Weightlifting Teams and twelve USA World Teams. He has had more than 50 athletes selected to other U.S. international teams. Some of the outstanding lifters coming out of the Gayle Hatch program include Olympians and World Team Members, Bret Brian and Tommy Calandro, and Olympic Squad and World Team Members, Blair Lobrano and Matt Bruce, as well as World Masters Champions, Walt Imahara and Chuck Meole. Hatch has also had 20 athletes selected to Junior World Teams including junior American record holders, Buster Bourgois, Brandon Baker and Blair Lobrano. In 2013 Hatch was named "A Legend in the Field of Strength and Conditioning" by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association(CSCCa). In recent years his philosophy and training system have been influential with strength coaches at LSU, Alabama, Miami and Tennessee resulting in 7 BCS National Championships
2011 piece on Coach Hatch's accomplishments by People's Health
Samantha Poeth, CHCP and Alabama Weightlifting
Samantha Poeth (Zimmerman) is a 7x national champion, 4x world university team member, and the owner of Kilo Gear.
Sam's 2013 Senior National attempts courtesy of Hookgrip. She won the title that year.
Justin Thacker, The Lab Gym
Justin Thacker is the founder of The Lab. His passion is helping others live happy and fulfilled lifestyles by implementing nutrition, psychology, and exercise as part of a balanced lifestyle. He is a former Arnold and National Champion with lifetime records of 142.5/313 snatch and 180/396 clean and jerk. He has over 30 national and international medals. Justin's certifications include MS, RD, LD, HFS, USAW L2, CES, CSCS, CF L1 with over 30,000 field hours. He has been featured on popular podcast and web series Barbell Shrugged three times and travels the country with his ABC Method certifications.
Thacker on Barbell Shrugged, 2013
Thacker one week out from 2011 Nationals hitting 140/308 snatch and 175/385 C&J