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RVA Barbell, an Olympic Weightlifting program in Richmond, VA, is designed to help trainees improve their power, strength, and technical proficiency with the ultimate goal of lifting heavier weight in the Snatch, Clean & Jerk, and Squat.


Each 90 minute+, limited class size session will have you performing Olympic lifts, assistance movements, as well as strength building and auxiliary exercises to make sure that you progress safely and consistently.


For those who wish to pursue competitive weightlifting, this program will prepare trainees of all levels for competition, and has produced many national event competitors and medalists.


Included in membership:

  • Access to ALL Group Classes and Open Gym

    Our RVA Barbell classes are part of our Group Coaching Membership, which includes access to Performance RVA, RVA Fit, and more. Access to Open Gym allows you to train when it fits your schedule.

  • Expert Coaching

    Coaching in a small group during all scheduled group training times.

  • Weekly Programming

    Workouts are distributed weekly to all athletes, and may be customized based on each athlete's needs.

  • Team Membership

    All RVA Barbell members are welcome to compete as a part of team RVA Weightlifting.



Jake Rowell

  • USAW National Coach

Jake Rowell has been coaching athletes in the Olympic lifts and at Olympic weightlifting meets since 2007. He has coached multiple national competitors, including 2017 & 2021 National Champion Jaci Alberts.

In addition to coaching, Jake has run 20+ weightlifting meets since 2011 and is the former USAW Virginia LWC President.


Christopher Crowder

  • CrossFit Level 2 Certificate
  • USAW National Coach

Christopher, our elderly coach, was born with a heart condition that kept him from participating in sports until he was in his mid 20’s when he then had a final surgery that removed his pacemaker.
He has been weightlifting since 2006 and coaching since 2011 and is the former USAW LWC President of Georgia/Alabama, as well as most recently Virginia.
Crowder has medaled at both American Masters and Masters Nationals over the many years he has been old.


Caleb Redmond


Jaci Long


Megan Wood


Chad Blomquist

  • USAW Level 1 Coach