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Barbell 1610 Offers the best available Powerlifting and Olympic Weightlifting training.

What is Powerlifting

Powerlifting is a strength sport. The whole point of the sport is to find out just how strong you really are. The basics are incredibly simple. In competition, a powerlifter stands alone on a platform and tries to lift the heaviest weights he/she is capable of for a single repetition. Judges look on to ensure that the rules are followed.

Powerlifters perform three competitive events: the squat, the bench, and the deadlift. A lifter receives three attempts for each event. Only the heaviest successful attempt is counted. At the end of the competition, the lifter’s best lift from each event is added together to make up the lifter’s “total”. For example, if a lifter squatted 200kg, benched 150kg, and deadlifted 250kg, his total would be 600kg. In conjunction with weight classes, gender, and age groups, this total is then used to determine placing and awards in the competition. In competition, lifts may be performed equipped or un-equipped (typically referred to as 'raw' lifting or 'classic' in the IPF specifically).

What is Olympic Weightlifting

Olympic weightlifting is a sport in which competitors attempt to lift heavy weights mounted on barbells. Olympic weightlifting is one of the few sports to have been present in the first modern Olympic Games held back in Athens, 1896, and has been part of the Olympics ever since except for 1900, 1908 and 1912.

The sport consists of the following two lifts:

The Snatch: In the snatch, the barbell is lifted from the floor to an overhead position in one motion.

The Clean & Jerk: The Clean & Jerk consists of two stages. The first stage, called the clean stage, is a lift where the barbell is picked from the floor and placed on the shoulders in one motion. After a pause, the athlete goes to the second stage of the motion. In this second stage, the athlete lifts the barbell into an overhead position while placing the legs in a lunge position (one leg on front of the other).

In this sport the main goal is the lifting of the weight itself with flawless execution. It takes great functional strength, power, flexibility, dexterity, concentration, and great lifting technique to be successful at Olympic Weightlifting.

In addition, special attention needs to be given as well to lifting technique, not only for safety reasons but also because in a weightlifting competition, sloppy form will affect your placing since only a properly executed lift is counted. As a result, beginner weightlifters practice perfect form over and over again with an empty Olympic bar.


We train like people used to train before exercise got dumbed down for the masses. We believe that the human body is meant to express itself in beautiful, intelligent and powerful ways. We will help you work towards your goals whatever they may be. Whether you want to become a better/stronger CrossFitter, compete in local competitions, compete nationally, or just get strong, we are here for you.


The Barbell 1610 is a community. We’re here to help you get fitter and stronger, and we expect that as you get comfortable, you’ll help other people get fitter and stronger. This ain’t your big-box gym — you can’t be anonymous here. We’ll be keeping tabs on your progress and are always available to help you design your training and nutrition to achieve optimal results.

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Our coaches include CrossFit Level 1 Staff, personal trainers , CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting Coach. We’ll ask you about your goals, pay attention to your progress, and give you personalized advice to get you to the top of your game.
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