At Barbell Strength Weightlifting we promote a positive competitive spirit and dedication to improvement. We celebrate your successes whether they’re in strength, fitness, or personal growth. Our team of trainers has diverse backgrounds and interests including weightlifting, physique bodybuilding, and powerlifting. Both our instructors and students are passionate about growing each other’s confidence and celebrating our achievements. You’ll feel welcome and inspired to grow as a person at Barbell Strength Weightlifting.
Melissa Nichols, founder of Barbell Strength Weightlifting, has been participating in Olympic lifting for nine years. Throughout her weightlifting journey she has competed on both a local and national level. When the gym where Melissa originally trained closed down, her inspiration to open her own facility was ignited. She missed the community and seized the chance to build her own home for strength training. Melissa trained a small group at another gym before steadily moving to bigger workout spaces. After continued growth, Melissa took the opportunity to officially establish Barbell Strength Weightlifting in Lawrence, Kansas in October 2022. She now dedicates herself to creating a safe, fun gym environment for the community.