Nevada Barbell Club of Reno, Nevada, is dedicated to the sport of weightlifting, a sport that involves lifting a barbell overhead. Weightlifting is a sport that requires quickness, flexibility and coordination. It is a sport that challenges your strength, skill and mental powers. With the aid of a coach or teacher the athlete develops physically and mentally.

There are two lifts in weightlifting, the snatch and the clean and jerk. In competition, each competitor is allowed three attempts in each lift. The sum of each lifter's best successful attempts in the snatch and the clean and jerk determine the lifter's total. The total is used to determine the placing of the lifter in a competition.

Both men and women compete in weightlifting. There are eight weight classes for men and seven weight classes for women. Lifters compete against others in their weight class.

Athletes of all ages participate in weightlifting. Recognized age catagories in weightlifting are Schoolage, Juniors, Seniors and Masters. An athlete can begin lifting at age twelve and continue to compete long after retirement.

The Pacific Weightlifting Association (PWA) promotes weightlifting in northern California and northern Nevada. It is one of 45 local weightlifting committees (LWC) and associations that are part of USA Weightlifting (USAW). Nevada Barbell Club is part of the PWA.

USA Weightlifting is the governing body for weightlifting in the United States. It is a member of the United Stated Olympic Committee (USOC) and the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF). USAW sanctions weightlifting programs throughout the country and sends teams to the Pan American Games, the world championships and the Olympics.


Nevada Barbell Club

Phone 849-1613


The Snatch

  [Snatch - Elwood Bluzinskovich]


The Clean

and Jerk

  [Clean and Jerk - Elwood Bluzinskovich]