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Training Site Spotlight: KIM BARBELL

By KIM BARBELL | April 01, 2019, 12 p.m. (ET)

KIM BARBELL was started several years ago in the inner loop of Houston, Texas.  The growth of our program was slow and steady, and this cannot be rushed.  In order to grow appropriately, our focus was obtaining the athletes that fit our program best.  When starting a program, the focus should be on looking for athletes who give the impression that they will continue this sport for years to come.  These individuals were instrumental for spreading the word about our program and bringing in new athletes who are like minded.

At KIM BARBELL, we ensure that our coaches are well educated.  They all are required to have at the minimum USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Certification (Level 1).  More importantly, we encourage lifelong continued education and support high-level competition for as long as possible to develop personal experience.  These factors have kept both our athletes and coaches engaged and motivated for the long term. 


Additionally, we strive to provide our members with the necessary tools to live a healthy life outside of the training hall. A very important component to our success has been the implementation of a knowledgeable Nutritionist. What exactly does that mean? Technically, anyone can call themselves a Nutritionist making it difficult as the athletes to differentiate between someone with the title and someone with the qualifications to have the title.

When looking for a Nutritionist the very first thing to pay attention to are qualifications. Does this individual have any form of nutrition education? A very basic undergraduate degree in Nutrition should be the minimum educational requirement. Our Nutritionist Heather McBride received a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Nutrition and Foods (ACEND) from the University of Houston. Other certifications that may be beneficial are offered by the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN) which are important basic fundamentals for sports nutrition knowledge.

The second thing to look for is the individual’s experience in the field.  Have they had the time to use their degree? Experience is very important especially when dealing with real people instead of case studies. What exactly is the Nutritionist's experience? Do they understand the sport of weightlifting? Olympic weightlifting requires a lot from the athletes that participate especially those that are elite or looking to become elite. The Nutritionist should have experience working with athletes, specifically weight class athletes, in order to minimize detriment to performance and health of the athlete. Similar to our coaches, the best fit would be to find a Nutritionist that also competes/participates in the sport.

The KIM BARBELL weightlifting program is successful because the coaches, staff, and athletes are all passionate about this sport.  The vast majority of individuals on our team spend over 2 hours per day, 5 days per week living, breathing, and eating (for) weightlifting. Our dedication is to these individual’s growth in the sport of weightlifting; the rest will follow.