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Mel 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 Mel 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. Mel trained a small group at another gym before steadily moving to bigger workout spaces. After continued growth, Mel 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.

Coaches & Personal Trainers

Our team of experienced coaches and staff are passionate about weightlifting and committed to helping our members reach their goals.

Whether you are just starting out or looking to compete at a high level, we have the knowledge, experience, and equipment to support you on your journey.  Our team is committed to helping you succeed. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced lifter, we’ll work with you to create a personalized training program that fits your goals and helps you make progress week after week. Each instructor has a rich background in the fitness industry and is eager to train the next generation of lifters. Meet the team below!

Owner & USAW Level 2 Weightlifting Coach
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In addition to our top-notch equipment and coaching, we also offer a supportive community of like-minded lifters who are dedicated to achieving their strength goals.

We understand that everyone has unique needs and preferences when it comes to their training, so we offer a variety of equipment and training options to suit all styles and preferences. At our gym, safety is our top priority. We maintain a clean and well-maintained facility, and our staff is trained to ensure that all members are using equipment properly and safely. We also provide training programs tailored to each individual’s skill level and goals to help prevent injuries and promote optimal performance.

So why wait? Come visit us at Barbell Strength Weightlifting and see for yourself why we’re the best gym around. With our expert coaching, state-of-the-art equipment, and supportive community, we’ll help you take your strength to the next level!

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Check Out Our Affiliates Below!

Barbell Strength Weightlifting’s affiliates are a dedicated network of fitness facilities and training centers that share a common passion for the art of weightlifting and strength training. These affiliated gyms and clubs serve as hubs of expertise and camaraderie, where individuals of all fitness levels come together to master the techniques of barbell lifting, improve their physical prowess, and foster a supportive community focused on achieving personal fitness goals. Through a shared commitment to excellence, these affiliates offer a welcoming environment for enthusiasts to pursue their fitness journey and unlock their full strength potential.


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