What is Weightlifting?

The sport of Weightlifting is the only barbell sport in the Olympics. The sport consists of two barbell lifts, the snatch and the clean and jerk. Participants attempt a maximum weight single lift of a barbell loaded with weight plates.

The compound word “weightlifting” is also often used to refer to weight training.

In comparison with powerlifting which tests limit strength (with or without lifting aids),olympic weightlifting tests ballistic limits (explosive strength), such that the lifts must be executed faster and with more mobility, because of a greater range of motion during the lifts.

However, parts of the lift, especially in the clean and jerk, do test for absolute strength, as power is not an issue in executing that part of the lift. While there are relatively few competitive Olympic lifters, the lifts and their components are commonly used by elite athletes to train for explosive and functional strength.

For further information about the sport please go to USA Weightlifting’s Weightlifting 101 

Pensacola Barbell Club

Our doors are always open to athletes of ALL ages who want to learn the sport. Our training philosophy focuses on the use of olympic lifts and crossfit training to enhancing performance and prevent injury. We train athletes to become better Olympic Weightlifters as well as any athlete more explosive and powerful in their respective sport. 

Athletes train in our gym in downtown Pensacola, which is resourced with all the equipment necessary to build a more powerful and durable athlete. It’s programming is biased toward athletes who want to compete in local and national competitions as well as CrossFit athletes who would like to dedicate a period of focused effort on improving their lifts.

The Club meets 6 times a week: 4:30-7:00PM Monday through Friday and 8:30-10:30AM Saturday

Weightlifting Membership


Per month

*Club members are expected be current members of USA Weightlifting



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