Fortius has the largest weightlifting program in San Diego, with the most credentialed and experienced coaches in SoCal. Head Coach David Miller is an International USA Weightlifting Coach with 30+ years of experience. Coach Jesse Malcomb is a Senior National Coach with 10 years of experience. We also have 3 other Level 1 Certified USA Weightlifting coaches on staff.
Our coaches have produced multiple State, National, World/Pan Am team members, and we support the Olympic goals of the United States – bringing our country back into the international spotlight.
At Fortius the Olympic Weightlifting training program is not like a class that starts on the hour, but more like a training session that’s continuously coached. We rotate coaches through a schedule during the week and throughout the day. Each day in the Olympic Weightlifting program, we begin with a noon session that lasts for an hour and a half to two hours, followed by a little break for the coaches to workout then we’re back at it by 4 PM till close every day!
Weightlifting is the most direct route to gaining athletic strength and power, and is a life-long sport for both men and women. We have participants on our team ranging from teens to 50+ years of age. Nearly 75% of CrossFit workout involve a Olympic Weightlifting discipline, making it imperative to learn proper and safe technique, not to mention that Olympic weightlifters enjoy outstanding physical fitness, including very low body fat.
The sport of Olympic Weightlifting is an athletic discipline in the modern Olympic program in which participants attempt a maximum-weight single lift of a barbell loaded with weight plates. While there are relatively few competitive Olympic weightlifters, the lifts and their components are commonly used by elite athletes in other sports to train for both explosive and functional strength.
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The modern Olympic Games of 1896 first introduced Weightlifting as an official sport. At those Games, Weightlifting included both the one handed and two handed lifts. Weightlifting did not appear again until the Olympics of 1906 where each athlete competed in three events. The Clean & Press, Snatch and Clean & Jerk. The 1972 Olympics was the last time we saw Clean & Press competed. Women were introduced officially in 1987 with their own division at the World Championships. Today, women’s Weightlifting is the fastest growing part of the sport, world-wide.
While competing nationally, Coach Miller gained education through National Level USA Weightlifting Coach and began leading USA Weightlifting Coaching Certification Courses. 20 years ago, the majority of attendees were Division I or NFL Strength & Conditioning Coaches. Today, more individuals and CrossFit Coaches attend. Being a weightlifter, Coach Miller already experienced the jump in his own 200 M sprint speed from a HS School Track & Field drop-out to Collegiate finalist after practicing and competing in Weightlifting only 3 years! The emphasis on leg and hip training, not to mention the upper body / core stability gained from holding heavy weights overhead is the best method to begin the basis of everyone’s strength training routine.
Among the thousands Coach Miller has had the opportunity to teach and certify as USA Weightlifting Coaches (Levels I, II & III), he’s spent a great amount of time these past 5 years here in San Diego teaching the young coaches who help him bring up the sport in San Diego – here at Fortius!
A few World Team members, Pan AM Team members, Junior World Team Competitors, many National Championship & American Open Competitors plus an American Record Holder have all benefited from Coach Miller’s assistance.
“My hope is to bring Olympic level Coaching to all our athletes at Fortius!”