Raising The Bar in Olympic Weightlifting:

Big Blue Weightlifting is dedicated to supporting and spreading the sport of weightlifting in the Lexington-Fayette County area by providing our athletes the instruction and atmosphere needed to reach their goals.

Weightlifting is the only barbell sport of the Olympic Games. However, individuals of all ages compete in USA Weightlifting sanctioned events at the local, regional and national level. Big Blue Strength offers coaching instruction to athletes wanting to compete in weightlifting, and to those who just want to learn the Olympic lifts to add variety to their fitness routine.

We offer one-on-one, semi- private, and remote coaching options.  We will find what’s best and appropriate for you based on your level of experience and goals.

Masters Lifter and National Record Holder. Currently holds the KY state record for Women’s 45kg, 49kg classes as well and an American Record! Best Snatch: 58kg Best Clean + Jerk: 74kg Best Total: 130kg

Melissa Jutras- Masters- 45/49kg class

Masters Lifter. Competes locally 3-4 times per year. Kentucky State Record Holder in Snatch: 63kg, Clean & Jerk 75kg, and Total: 138kg Best Snatch: 68kg Best Clean + Jerk: 84kg

Audrey Bachman-Senior- 87kg class

Junior Lifter. Has competed at University Nationals 2016, 2018 Currently holds the KY state record for Snatch (61kg) Clean + Jerk (76kg) and total (137kg) Best Snatch: 61kg Best Clean + Jerk: 84kg

Hannah Goebel-Junior- 59kg class

Masters Lifter. Best Snatch: 75kg Best Clean + Jerk: 93kg

Clinton Bollinger- Master- 109+kg class

Masters Lifter. Jim currently holds the state records in the 69kg Masters class across the board: Snatch (86kg), Clean + Jerk (103kg), total (189kg) Jim also holds the Clean + Jerk record in the 77kg class at 116kg Best Snatch: 93kg Best Clean + Jerk: 120kg

Jim Benson-Master- 73kg class

Youth Lifter. Competed at Youth Nationals 2018 and 2019. In 2019 he won his session, 3rd Snatch, 7th Clean + Jerk, 5th Overall! Best Snatch: 20kg Best Clean + Jerk: 25kg

Westley Benson: 32kg Youth 11U

Youth Lifter. Competed at Youth Nationals 2019 Best Snatch: 15kg Best Clean + Jerk: 20kg

John Carter Benson: 32kg Youth 11U

Junior Lifter. CJ is won 3rd overall/ across the board in the 62kg Youth 16-17 at Youth Nationals 2018!! CJ currently holds the state records in the 56kg and 62kg Youth Categories across the board! 56kg records: Snatch (58kg), Clean + Jerk (72kg), total (130kg) 62kg records:Snatch (65kg), Clean + Jerk (93kg), total (158kg) Best Snatch: 117kg Best Clean +Jerk: 145kg

CJ Bingman: 61/ 67kg Junior

Masters Lifter. Best Snatch: 100kg Best Clean + Jerk: 133kg

Mike Kamphake: 102kg class, Masters Lifter 40-44yo

Senior Lifter. Competes Nationally at least 2 times per year. Best Snatch: 81kg Best Clean + Jerk 100kg

Ryan Metzger: 55kg lifter

Senior Lifter. Best Snatch: 100kg Best Clean + Jerk: 122kg

Steven Wood: 73kg Lifter

Senior Lifter. Best Snatch: 120kg Best Clean + Jerk: 140kg

David Cline: 109kg lifter

Masters Lifter. Best Snatch: 42kg Best Clean + Jerk: 60kg

Erin Keltner: 71kg Masters Lifter

Senior Lifter. Kentucky State Record Holder. Best Snatch: 83kg Best Clean + Jerk: 108kg

Emily Morris: 76kg Class

Senior Lifter. Best Snatch :97kg Best Clean & Jerk: 125kg

Daniel Summers- Senior- 96kg Class

Raising The Bar:

Some workouts at Big Blue Strength utilize the Olympic weightlifting movements, while also focusing on improving each of the ten physical fitness domains: cardiovascular and respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, agility, coordination, balance, and accuracy. 


Big Blue Strength Weightlifting Athletes Programming options include: 

  • Big Blue Strength Program 
  • Custom Programming 
  • Semi-Remote Coaching Programming (1 in person session/ week)
  • Remote Coaching and Programming

Interested? Join our weightlifting team today!