Mississippi Barbell


1907 Spillway Rd. Brandon, MS 39047




Website: www.msbarbell.com

Instagram: @msbarbell, @tyler_msbarbell


Head Coach:

Tyler Smith



Tyler Smith is a licensed and practicing Occupational Therapist and USAW Level 3 National coach. He has over 10 years of experience coaching and competing in Olympic weightlifting, as well as experience competing in track & field and Rugby. Tyler has experience coaching and competing alongside some of the nation’s best Olympic weightlifting athletes and coaches. He has coached local athletes to the junior, Senior, and University National Championships as well as competed in the American Open, University & Senior National Championships. He has competed and coached many local state championship events over the years. Tyler enjoys growing the sport of weightlifting at the community level and strives to provide education to, and involve, more of the region’s potential athletes and coaches in the sport of Olympic weightlifting.

Tyler aims to provide his athletes with technical proficiency which is both safe and able to facilitate progress. With his occupational therapy background, Tyler is able to provide weekly injury rehabilitation and prevention services to both local and remote athletes to enable return or continuation of sports participation. Lastly, as an occupational therapist with experience ranging from pediatrics through geriatrics, he is able to provide safe, age appropriate skill development for all current or developing athletes.

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


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.