The sport of weightlifting in the USA is under appreciated! As a newcomer to the sport since 2012, my esteem of good lifting has inspired me to build this wonderful facility.
As a former competitive gymnast, cheerleader, and globo gym goer, I began Olympic Weightlifting as a result of finding the sport of CrossFit. But I really loved learning more about the sport of Olympic Lifting. After getting my Level 1 CrossFit Instructor certification I pursued the education offered by USAW and passed their Level 1 Sport Performance Coach test, taught by 1992 Olympic Coach Roger Nielsen, in October 2012.
My pursuit of quality education and instruction from the sport's experts such as Glenn Pendlay and James Tatum in 2013, Greg Everett and Catalyst Athletics in 2014 brought me to my next endeavor of becoming a Local Area Referee in 2014. Training athletes in my garage gym at home, enabled me to develop my programming and instruction of the classic lifts and thus began the planning stages of the ultimate lifting gym for the Raleigh area.
Robert Drake, USAW Coach
USAW Club #13040
USAW Advanced Sport Performance Coach (2015)
Attended Masters Weightlifting Camp, Olympic Training Center (2017)
USAW Local Referee (2014)
Catalyst Athletics Coaching Seminar (2014, 2016)
USAW Sport Performance Coach (2012)
CrossFit Level 2 Certificate (2015)
Raleigh, North Carolina, USA