Mississippi Barbell


1907 Spillway Rd. Brandon, MS 39047




Website: www.msbarbell.com

Instagram: @msbarbell, @tyler_msbarbell


Head Coach:

Tyler Smith



Tyler Smith is the president and head coach of Mississippi Barbell, Inc. located in Brandon, Mississippi. Tyler along with Amber Sheppard can be credited with bringing the sport of Olympic weightlifting to the state of Mississippi in 2012. Since its inception, Tyler and Amber have taken numerous Mississippi Barbell athletes to compete at the highest level in many National and Regional USAW events. Tyler’s background has been rooted in sports performance since middle and school, where he competed in track and field, baseball, and skateboarded competitively. Tyler began teaching functional fitness and weightlifting movements in 2007; however, he has been participating in and coaching weightlifting exclusively since 2010. Since then, Tyler has had the opportunity to learn under some of the Nation’s best weightlifting minds and continues to hone his skills in order to get the absolute best out of his athletes. Tyler holds his USAW Level 3 designation and has coached and competed in many local and national USAW events. 

Tyler graduated from Mississippi State University in 2008 with a B.S. in Exercise Physiology and Kinesiology and then in 2014, went on to earn a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. When he is not coaching at Mississippi Barbell, he works as a licensed occupational therapist providing home health services in the Jackson, MS metro area.

Club Information:


Mississippi Barbell trains and promotes Olympic weightlifting and powerlifting. We serve as a resource for anyone looking to compete at the local, national, or international level and for anyone who wants to improve their lifts for sports performance. Mississippi Barbell is open to all levels of athletes from any walk of life, at any ages, who want to become better athletes and have fun along the way. We want to sharpen ourselves and all interested Mississippi athletes competitively. In order to be the best, you have to train with the best. And that is exactly what Mississippi Barbell aims to be.

We have recently improved our facility to include 24/7 access, shower and restroom facilities, and 7 dedicated platforms; each with its own set of high quality kilogram bumpers and both training and competition barbells. In addition, the gym has plenty of additional floor space for lifting as well as a myriad of equipment that allows for any accessory exercise needs or conditioning. We offer technical analysis and correction via high speed video review both on-site and remote to our athletes. Also, we are able to measure real time metrics such as bar speed and power output to accurately provide the most specific and tailored training to meet the needs of the athlete. Lastly, we are located next door to recovery services such as cryospa, cold compression, and cold laser therapy to aide in the athlete’s recovery from hard training sessions.


Outreach Programs: 



The Mississippi Barbell coach’s development course

This seminar/clinic will be hosted at a centralized location throughout various regions in the state. It will focus on advanced error identification, technique correction, variables to consider when training youth or the aging population, and a variety of other related topics. This program will also include information on USAW membership, how to establish a new club/program, and how to progress an athlete through the sport. This program will be aimed at coaches with any experience level or for those looking to increase their knowledge of Olympic weightlifting.

Lastly, this program will be targeting the more rural and developing areas with decreased access to weightlifting resources and decreased access to competition opportunities.

The Mississippi Barbell Transitional Weightlifting clinic

This outreach program focuses on providing affordable education and exposure to the sport of weightlifting to individuals who participate in functional fitness programs such as CrossFit or other HIIT. This serves as both an introduction to the Olympic lifts as well as an educational opportunity on how to improve safety and performance during their implementation and practice. These clinics are limited in size and location to facilitate improved retention of skills amongst a group of peers who are familiar with both each one another and the facility. The goal of this program is to provide an avenue for individuals who may wish to transition into the sport and become members of both Mississippi Barbell and USA Weightlifting.