Thank you for taking the time to visit our Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) and LGBTQIA+ owned and friendly clubs page. The following clubs are either owned or employ members from the communities listed above. 

This page was created as part of USA Weightlifting's DEI Action Plan to promote and elevate BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ communities within the sport. 

If you are a club that falls into that category please contact to complete a brief questionnaire. 

All clubs were vetted through direct call, website review, or social media review of staff and coaches. 

Club Name




City, St, Zip



Abstract Barbell

DeAris Simmons 

 2600 Lake Ridge Rd Lewisville,TX 75056  


Black owned
Alpha Uno Athletics   Rodney Martin Jr  129 W Arbor Vitae St.  Inglewood, CA 90301  @alphaunoathletics Black and Brown owned
B3 Better Sport Performance  Jerrian Sanders  11339 Distribution Ave East 32256 Jacksonville, FL  @B3Better Black owned

Barbarian Barbell

Emmy Vargas

6930 Hayvenhurst Avenue

Pacoima, CA 91331


Latina owned/LGBTQIA+

Bearproof Weightlifting Club  Brandon Davis  122 W Adams St Georgetown, DE 19947  @bearproofweightlifting  Black owned
Bexar Barbell Brittany Rucker  14627 Bulverde Rd San Antonio, TX 78247  @bexarbarbell  LGBTQIA+
Blaze Barbell  Jason Anderson 6563 Taylor Rd unit 8  Naples, Florida, 34109 @blazebarbell   LGBTQIA+
Brave Barbells N Sprinkles  John Smith  305 Ashville Ave Suite G Cary, NC 27518  @barbellsnsprinkles  Black owned
CHFP Weightlifting
 Cara Heads Slaughter
 6295 Edsall Rd, Suite 182 Alexandria, VA 22312  @chfpweightlifting  Black owned
Desert Dome Weightlifting Jessica Pine
United Arab Emirates @desertdomecrossfit LGBTQIA+ owned
Diamond Fit Weightlifting Club Jesse King/Calvin Miller 6241 Westgate Rd #100  Raleigh, NC 27617   @diamondfitweightliftingclub  LGBTQIA+
 EastSide Barbell  Melissa Doherty, MD, CSCS  871 Shelley St Springfield, OR 97477  @eastside_barbell_weightlifting  LGBTQIA+

Golden State Barbell

Nerissa Zhang

2310 Mission Street

San Francisco, CA 94110


Black owned

Heartland Strength Heather Delmas  8944 H St. Omaha, NE 68127  @heartlandstrength LGBTQIA+
Industrial Strength  Mira Gracia  2555 NW Upshur Street Portland, OR 97210  @industrialstrengthgym Asian American owned
 ISA Barbell Club Hillary Herring 1150 Hilton Ferndale MI 48075
 @innerstallionathletics  Black owned/LGBTQIA+
Liberty Barbell Wylie Belasik  1229 Chestnut St. Basement Philadelphia, PA 19107  @libertybarbellclub LGBTQIA+
Liberation Barbell Club  Tyler Jacob Villarreal   3900 Drossett Dr Suite A Austin, TX 78744  @liberationbarbellclub LGBTQIA+ 
Maximum Weightlifting Kahlil Cacabelos
1619 Seabright Avenue Santa Cruz, CA 95062   BIPOC founded and operated
 McKenna's Gym Michael McKenna   Highland Park, NJ  @mckennasgym  LGBTQIA+
Murder of Crows  Kurt Rodrick  1010 Dean Street Brooklyn, NY 11238  @murderofcrowsbarbellclub LGBTQIA+

NXT LVL Barbell Club

Santuan Stanley

3552 Northgate Drive

Myrtle Beach, SC 29579


Black owned

Olde City Barbell William Vicinus 126 Race Street Philadelphia, PA 19106 @FearlessPHL LGBTQIA+

Olympus Weightlifting and Fitness Center

Kent Eghomwanre

5548 N. Main st suite B12

Baytown, TX 77522


Black owned

 Ong Weightlifting  Jaquelin Ong  6150 Stadia Court Colorado Springs, CO 80915  @ong_weightlifting  LGBTQIA+

Orlando Strength

Jeremy Jackson

2720 Forsyth Rd. Unit 320

Winter Park, FL 32792


Black owned

 Polarize Barbell Club  Jo Boleyn 

2956 Industry Street Oceanside,  CA 92054  @polarizecrossfit  LGBTQIA+
 PXM Weightlifting  Lamont Lynn 5827 N Ridge Chicago, IL 60660 @PXMWeightlifting Black owned
 Set Fire Barbell Raquel Theodeosopoulos 15 West 6th street Newport, KY 41071 @setfireathletics LGBTQIA+
 Team Kansas City Barbell Jay Ashman  2734 McGee Trfy Kansas City, MO 64111   @kansascitybarbell   LGBTQIA+

Tri Peak Athlete

Hector Torres 3314 Pelham Rd.

Orlando, FL 32803



Trident Weightlifting Club

Chris Smith

410 Calvert Ave

Alexandria, VA 22301


Black owned

 Tough Temple Barbell Club  John Weeks 12143 Nebel St, N. Bethesda, MD 20852  



Urban Power House

Joseph Stephen

1231 Hyde Park Avenue - Rear

Boston, MA 02136



Black owned
Vice Weightlifting  Aaron Gatdula 1338 Palomares Ave La Verne, CA 91750  @VICEWeightlifting Asian American Owned

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