About Us

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  • To create powerful humans
  • To provide programming and coaching to both specialists and generalists who want to prioritize strength and power in their training
  • To create interest in the competitive sport of Olympic-style weightlifting

Why come?

  • Olympic-style weightlifting is fun and challenging; with opportunities for everything from recreational practice to competition at every level, there is something for everyone to love in the sport
  • Become stronger; few sports train strength and explosiveness as intensely and effectively as Olympic weightlifting
  • Move better; few sports have comparable demands on accuracy and mobility
  • Be better at everything; Olympic weightlifting teaches a set of highly transferable skills, whether you want to become better at CrossFit, another sport, or life in general

When is it?

We meet 3 times a week, but making it to one class is better than none! Class times are:

  • Tuesday / Thursday: 6:30-8:00 pm
  • Saturday 11-12:30 pm
  • Also you can make-up missed barbell classes (with trainer permission, but no supervision) during any regularly scheduled Crossfit class, EXCEPT during Mon/Wed Essentials (6:15-7:15). Talk to a trainer.

Who are the coaches?

Your coaches come from different fitness backgrounds, but all eventually found their way to discovering and developing an enduring love and respect for the barbell.

  • Calder Hannan  – Head Coach (Crossfit Level 1, USAW Level 1)
  • Jamie Marquis (USAW Level 1)
  • McDowell Meyers (Gym General Manager)

The Coaches Who Started Our Program:

  • Jon Forney (CrossFit Level 1, CrossFit Mobility, USAW Level 1)
  • Elizabeth Bartlett (CrossFit Level 1, USAW Level 2, nationally competitive weightlifter)

Coaching Format:

There will be 4 coaching formats offered in C’ville Strength classes. We expect athletes to communicate with us about how they would like to be coached:

  1. Independent lifting with minimal coaching
    • This is an open gym setting, where athletes have selected their own program and generally want to be “left alone” to do their own lifting.
  2. Independent lifting with moderate coaching and advice on lifts and programming
    • Athletes work independently on a program that they have developed for themselves or with the advice of a coach. Athletes will ask for coaching on lifts when they feel like they need it.
  3. Being actively coached and advised throughout the entire class (*our most popular choice*)
    • Athletes are entirely dependent on the coaches. Athletes come to workouts ready to follow a standard program created by the coaches for them. Coaching will be very hands on, and attention to technique will be the primary focus.
  4. Private Training
    • If anyone wishes to have more one-on-one individualized coaching and programming, that person is free to discuss private training options with the coaches. This will cost extra.


We want to design workouts that work for you. Based on current demand, we are offering 5 days of programming a week with additional optional accessory and conditioning work. Beginners generally do 3 workouts a week, more experienced lifters will do all programmed workouts. All aspiring lifters new to focused olympic lifting training will progress through an introductory program, which normally takes about three weeks, to build good technical habits and capacity before joining in the programmed workouts.

The Oly workouts are designed to present a coherent, stand-alone program presented in approximately 4 week cycles that alternate among prioritizing technique, strength or hypertrophy (building muscle mass). If you do all four Oly workouts each week, this should amount to between 70-100% of your overall training for the week. Some cycles will be more demanding than others, and all of the cycles will be more demanding as your technical proficiency in the Oly lifts increases.

For example, for some people, a “heavy single” on snatch is 70% of their bodyweight; for a more advanced lifter, the same prescription would have them snatching 110% of their bodyweight. Given the same prescribed workout of a “heavy single” on snatch, the demands on the body in terms of muscular and nervous-system recovery are quite different. Getting the right amount of weekly training (and the right amount of recovery) is essential to making progress and not burning out. If you haven’t already, please have a discussion with one of our coaches about how you are combining Barbell workouts and metabolic CrossFit WOD’s on a weekly basis.

How much is it?

  • C’ville Strength is $119/month with no long-term contract
  • We have an introductory rate of $99/month for the first month ONLY, which includes all programming, coaching, and use of the gym and its equipment.

(*C’ville Strength classes are part of the complete package for current members of Crossfit Charlottesville.)

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