Fortius has the largest Olympic weightlifting program in San Diego, with the most credentialed and experienced coaches in SoCal. 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 and National 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 morning session from 6:00am-7:30am for our early bird lifters, followed by a noon session that lasts for an hour and a half to two hours. We’re back at it by 4pm 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.


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.


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