There are a few things I want to mention.
Speaking of meets we have a few shirts left over from Exile Open 2012 for $10 a pop. I’ll try to get them set up at the store soon or you can just get in contact with us.
June 8th and 9th there will be a USAW Level 1 certification at Edmond Memorial High School. So if you are interested give it a look.
We got a question about Oly gyms a while back and I’ve been meaning to touch on that. All I know is the following:
There are 4 registered Olympic Weightlifting Clubs in Oklahoma. You can find the contact info here.
Bulldog Speed and Strength. This is Tom Ward’s Club. It is located at Edmond Memorial High School and is not open to the public. Tom has let us come by a couple Saturdays and lift. It is by and far the best equipped gym in the state.
Metro Weightlifting. This is a garage gym in Norman run by Bob White. Bob offers his services free of charge for those in school whether it be elementary or a four-year university. Notable lifters such as Shane Hamman and Chad Vaughn have trained here.
USA Stars. This is Steve Miller’s club. USA Stars is predominately a fighting gym but is home to Jessica and Jaclyn Beed and Cole Barnhart. These three have lifted in national and international competitions. Steve is also the president of our LWC. Jeremy has been training with Steve and has improved remarkably. So much so that I am tempted to join the gym myself.
South Central Barbell Club. The fourth and latest addition. This gym consists of a sole platform, a power rack, a decent York bar, and 260kg in rubber plus a few miscellaneous strength training items (kettlebells, throwing implements, tires, etc.). Hey, it’s a work in progress.
Check around. Most Crossfits offer some sort of Olympic lifting class. I cannot vouch for the quality of coaching but it’s a place to start. Cole Barnhart can actually be found at Crossfit OKC on most Saturdays during their open gym hours (9-11am).
Commercial gyms aren’t really hip to the whole Oly lifting scene. But, 4-Star Fitness, just north of 63rd and May, does have bumper plates. So there’s another possible option.
I’m sure I’ve left out a few other places. I will revisit this issue in the future. I’d like to do a gym profile of all the possible places to lift in the metro. But that is for another time.
In science and lazers,