East Atlanta Barbell Club is a well-equipped barbell club, focused on teaching Olympic Weightlifting, though we are open to strength athletes of all types. We are a safe, inclusive, alternative and affordable environment. We offer monthly memberships at a reasonable rate, as well as custom programming, nutrition consulting, and private coaching/personal training for those interested.
We are a radically aligned, left-friendly gym and community. We require no one to agree with any set of politics, but if you are hostile to the fringe, you ought to look elsewhere. we wanted to create a gym that wouldn't be prohibitive due to cost, or overly aggressive, exclusionary jock culture. We want elite athletes and total newbs, anyone looking to pick up a bar. Meatheads welcome, too, so long as tolerance abounds.
With all of this in mind, we could think of nowhere more fitting than the ever-quirky East Atlanta Village, not far from our respective homes.
Jim Chambers (owner/Weightlifting coach): miscreant and weightlifting nerd. Jim discovered weightlifting while living in Russia, and went on to run & manage 3 gyms in NY & ATL, where he worked as a coach and nutrition consultant. He holds a USAW Level 1 Certificate. Immediately prior to EAV Barbell, Jim trained and coached athletes at Coffee's Gym in Marietta. Outside of the gym, Jim lives in a psychedelic trance, fights cops and writes things. He competes quite humbly as a men's senior 85kg lifter, but mostly loves the sport, and loves teaching.
Rachael Bommicino (Head Weightlifting Coach): Rachael has been involved with Weightlifting for 10+ years as a national level competitor, and is one of very few USAW Level 2 instructors in the region. Rachael is member of Cal Strength's competition team, and is the current Masters national champion in the 53k W35 division. She's also very loud and simultaneously adorable.
Sarah Bryan (Weightlifting coach/Personal Trainer/Gym Manager): Sarah is a USAW Level 1 Coach, CSCS, CrossFit Level 1, and Precision Nutrition Coach. She is beginning her path competing and coaching in weightlifting, but also is the primary contact for all gym administrative issues, as well as non-olympic lifting training. She is an energizer bunny, and she only eats spinach.
Andre Modeste (Facility Manager): Andre is one of Jim's childhood friends from Brooklyn, and came into weightlifting last year for the first time. Since then, Dre has become an integral member of the community, and intends to get certified as a trainer this year. In the meantime, Dre is in charge of admin and maintenance at the club.
Juan "The King" Sepulveda (Weightlifting coach): Juan has been involved in strength training for over 50 years. He is the current Masters National Champion and National Record holder in the 105k M60 division, and won bronze for Team EAV at this year's world championships in New Zealand. He will be in 1-2x/wk, and intends to coach a few athletes at a time. He is our spirit animal, and he wants more.
Our business is in the process of becoming collectively owned by its workers.
We want to be clear: these are sports which require a certain level of commitment, and aren't for everyone. We want to work with people who love lifting, or want to know it; we don't want to sell you snake oil in a barbell. It's gotta be your thing. And it should be, really.