4839 Northpark Dr,

Colorado Springs, CO 80918


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Jackie Black 


I was born and grew up in Escanaba, a small town in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  I competed in High School Gymnastics and was a four time State Champion. I started my collegiate athletic career as a varsity gymnast at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, earning Academic All-American honors. I also competed for one year on the varsity men’s wrestling team in the 118-pound weight division. After college I wrestled on the USA Women’s National Wrestling Team and won a silver medal at the World Championships in 1996.  In 1998, while working as a strength and conditioning coach at Northwestern University,  I shifted focus to weightlifting, which became an official sport for women at the 2000 Olympic games in Sydney, Australia. I competed on Several World teams and at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  Currently I own Pinnacle Weightlifting and Sports Performance, where I am a full time coach.  I work with athletes of all ages and abilities.   I have also coached athletes at Multiple National and International level competitions over the past 9 years.  I am an International level USA Weightlifting Coach.  Also, I am the President of the Colorado Local Weightlifting Committee.  I have 10 years of experience serving on the board of directors for USA Wrestling as both an athlete representative and an elected at-large board member.  Additionally, I have served as an alternate to the USOC Athlete Advisory Committee for USA Wrestling from 2000-2004 and for USA Weightlifting from 2000-2008 and 2016-2020.

  • Master’s of Science – Biology  - Exercise Physiology, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
  • Bachelor’s of Science – Exercise Science, University of Wisconsin – La Crosse
  • Bachelor’s of Science – Health Education, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
  • NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
  • Member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
  • USA Wrestling Bronze Certified Coach
  • USA Weightlifting International Level Coach   
  • Former Strength and Conditioning Coach, Northwestern University
  • Nationally registered Emergency Medical Technician
  • Colorado State Certified Emergency Medical Technician
  • Past Member of the US National Weightlifting Team
  • Alternate US Olympic Weightlifting Team 2004, 2008 and 2012
  • Member of the 2007 Pan American Game Team
  • Former American record holder in the Snatch, Clean and Jerk and Total
  • Six Time National Weightlifting Champion
  • 2005 Pan American Champion
  • Served on the USA Wrestling Board of Directors 1998-2008
  • Served as an Alternate to the USOC Athlete Advisory Committee
  • Past member of the Women’s National Wrestling Team
  • Placed second at the 1996 World Wrestling Championships
  • Academic All-American
  • Four year varsity gymnast at the University of WI – La Crosse
  • One year varsity Wrestler at the University of WI – La Crosse

Club Information:

I took over Pinnacle Weightlifting in 2009.  The weightlifting club was the dream of my former teammate and friend Andy Garcy.  After his unexpected passing, I decided to take his vision and dream and continue it through the club he loved.  We started very small and grew slowly and steadily over the years. We have been in business now for 10 years.  


We are a stand-alone weightlifting facility that focuses on the importance of teaching safety and proper technique.  We work with athletes of all abilities and ages. We service competitive athletes as well as those who never wish to compete.  We work with people looking to make long- term changes in their health and improve their quality of life. Pinnacle Weightlifting provides an environment that emphasizes individual goals and needs with personalized programing and coaching to help them better attain their goals.  We have taken athletes to every National Championship to include all age groups for the past several years. I also work with Cancer survivors and current cancer patients to help strengthen their bones. Training is donation based and allows them to feel better and gain their strength back especially after they have completed treatment.  We have seen positive training results through Dexa Scan for bone density changes. 


Our gym is a 4,500sqft facility.  We have 11 platforms and 2 sets of jerk blocks.  In addition to the weightlifting specific area, we have a section that has additional equipment for specific strength training.  This area includes functional training tools such as kettlebells, Bulgarian bags, sleds, ropes, and dumbbells to name a few.  


Pinnacle believes strongly in the importance of recovery.  Some of the recovery modalities that we currently have available to our members include: Sauna, Ice Machine, ice bath, rapid reboots with attachment’s and Marc Pro tens unit.  All of our athletes have access to these modalities at all times. Additionally, we have built relationships with other professionals in the community to include chiropractors, functional movement specialists and nutritionists.


Some of the more recent accomplishments of our club include:

  • Multiple time Team State Champions – Most recently 2019

  • Rocky Mountain State Championships – Most recently 2019

  • 2019 – US Nationals - Snatch - Bronze Medal – 109kg class

  • 2019 – US Nationals - Total - Bronze – 109Kg Class

  • 2019 4 Masters National Champions.

  • 2019 2 Masters Pan American Champions

  • 2019 4 Masters World Champions

  • 2019 – Masters World Record Holder

  • 2019 – Youth National Champion Qualifiers 

  • 2019 – 1 Athlete to a World Cup

  • 2109  - 2 athletes to University Nationals

Pinnacle weightlifting club strives to provide a high quality experience for all levels and ages.  We are dedicated to teaching USA Weightlifting progressions and techniques and maintaining a high expectation for our lifters.   We are also dedicated to sharing our knowledge with anyone who is interested in learning. Each semester we work with students throughout Colorado to promote weightlifting as a sport.  I am passionate about giving back to a sport that has given so much to me over the years.


Outreach Programs: 


Local Rugby Program

Community outreach is one of the most important things you can do in your communities.  How do you get involved in your community and use this involvement to grow weightlifting?  

Some of the things that we have done include, partnering with a free online public school to provide a weightlifting program as well as strength and conditioning for athletes in other sports.  We have developed a partnership with the local rugby programs at all levels to include junior, high school, university, semi-professional and professional. We provide strength and conditioning training for the teams.  Again this brings kids into our facility and gets kids in front of us. We are able to develop strong fundamental for movement and see who might have potential for developing into a competitive weightlifter. After Rugby season we typically have several kids that come in and start training full time.  We also have our logo on their game Jersey’s so this gets us out there as well.  

We were able to start this program through relationships we built throughout the rugby community.  One of the challenges we have faced is the number of kids that we often work with at one time limits the amount of actual lift related exercises we can teach.  In addition, we often get kids of all skills and levels at one time. Some kids are very proficient and others can’t move well at all. We have to figure out ways to accommodate all the levels into one training program for that day.  

The main reason for working with sports specific athletes is to gets kids in front of me.  I can teach them fundamental movement patterns and introduce them to Olympic Weightlifting and see if they might have an interest in it.  Even if they don’t stick with weightlifting it’s a win for the athlete as well because they will be better at their sport.


Global Ed Solutions


There are several ways you can increase awareness in your community.  We have a partnership with an online public school called Globed Ed Solutions.  Through this school we run a program called Global Sports. I got involved with this program a couple of years ago. The school and Global Sports are open to kids 5th -12th grade.  This program allows students to learn online and have the flexibility to work on their academics anytime, anywhere and at their own pace while training for their sport The athletes really get to focus on training and have a flexible school schedule. It provides the students some funding to travel to National level events, such as Junior Nationals and Youth Nationals.  We can also provide funding for students in other sports as well.


Currently we have students in weightlifting, wrestling, ballet rugby, dance, cheerleading and boxing to name a few. The biggest challenge we have had thus far is reaching kids that are interested in joining the weightlifting program. We are growing interest in our program by highlighting competition results and training with the kids.  I also get to see the athletes from other sports come through for strength and conditioning so if there is a kid with potential I can still foster that. Our school is state wide however, there are only two sites for weightlifting currently in Colorado so this limits the amount of students that we can service. I have several students that commute from Denver to Colorado Springs for training multiple times per week.  It is going to take some time to build this program. We had six kids compete at Youth Nationals last year and we should continue to grow every year as we build up this program.

In addition we offer free weightlifting camps for ages 12-18.  We run several a year and this allows kids to try weightlifting and see if it is something that they might like to try.  We advertise through other sports groups around the city. Social media is also a good way to help promote your programs and events.  It is fairly easy to run these camps we typically do 2 days for 2 hours to introduce the movements.


My biggest piece of advice in starting community outreach programs is that you need to be flexible and resourceful.  It is really easy to be discouraged but if you have an action plan and just keep plugging away at the action items you will be successful. 

If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to me.