Membership

Listed are the general approaches to membership we have at the PBC. However, our goal is to help you develop as a weightlifter, so we endeavor to be as accommodating as possible to your schedule and needs. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.

 
 

Monthly

Monthly membership is the core of the Providence Barbell Club. Regardless of experience level, members on the monthly plan can expect to have original, 4 day-per-week programming that follows a traditional, periodized approach. Concurrent with programming, members train under coach supervision during coached hours.

We do not have a “class” schedule. Athletes arrive when their schedule permits, find a spot (or share a platform), and begin their workout. It is common for athletes to be on different days of the same program depending on day of the week.

Coached hours are:

Monday: 10am – 1pm; 4pm – 9pm

Tuesday: 10am – 1pm; 4pm – 9pm

Wednesday: 10am – 1pm; 4pm – 9pm

Thursday: 10am – 1pm; 4pm – 9pm

Friday: 10am – 1pm; 4pm – 7pm

Saturday: 9am – 2pm

Sunday: 10am – 12pm

 

Drop-in

Whether you’re visiting from out of town with your own programming or are a local who needs more help with the lifts, we welcome you.

For those in on business or vacation, you’ll find a weightlifting gym equipped with everything you need to get your workout completed. Should you have any questions or need assistance, we’ll be here to help. However, we’re not the kind of coaches who are going to try and interfere with what your coach has you doing. You don’t need to worry about time – we know most drop-ins take about 75-90 minutes to do their work.

If you’re local to the area and are looking to improve your technique in the snatch, clean, or jerk, we’re happy to help! We’ll start with a discussion and assessment, and then move into technique work for one of the lifts. Afterward, expect to transition to either squats, pulls, or presses and then we’ll finish with some accessory movements. Plan for 75-90 minutes for this type of drop-in.

If you’re looking for a more consistent approach to development but aren’t ready to start a monthly membership, we also offer a 10-session punch card. This allows you to purchase 10 drop-in sessions at a discounted rate. The punch card will never expire, so you can use those punches as and when you see fit, provided it’s during coached hours. We suggest this option for folks who know they’d like to come in on a weekly or bi-weekly basis.

 

 

Individual Training

Programming:

Programming for Olympic Weightlifting has become ubiquitous, and countless garden variety programs can be found online. These programs will vary in price, effectiveness, and experience of the author. There is nothing wrong with using an online program, especially for new and developing athletes. In fact, many suggest that a program is only as good as your belief in it. We agree. If you’re devoted to the program, you will see results; if not, you’ll collect evidence as to why it’s not the best program for you.

Regardless of where a program comes from, how “good” it appears to be, or how many people claim to adhere to it, it is nearly always better to work with a weightlifting coach. No matter how experienced you are as an athlete or how good the program is, training in front of a coach’s eyes will help ensure steady improvement over time. Therefore, it is our preference to coach athletes onsite at the Providence Barbell Club.

However, we recognize that geographic limitations may prevent some from being able to be in the room week in, week out. As a result, we have developed a menu of options for those who want the “remote” help of the PBC.

Whereas nothing replaces the help one may receive in the room, the benefit offered a remote athlete is a more customized program. Individual programs are written by coaches David Ethier and Jarred Smith after an initial consultation with the athlete. When possible, we’d like to have the athlete meet in-person for the coaches to watch how that athlete moves during the competition lifts. Afterward, there will be an expectation, goal, and priority discussion between coaches and athletes. If an onsite evaluation is not possible, video of the competition lifts (and other movements) will be reviewed by the coaches and discussion will take place via phone or video conference.

Below is the list of options available to those who do not live close enough to make it to the PBC four times per week. If you have questions or would like to discuss a variation of these menu items, feel free to contact us to discuss options:

 

Individual Program:

·      12-week program

·      Catered to individual needs for sport-specific development

·      PBC coaches remain available via text or phone to answer questions regarding movement standards and/or priorities

 

Individual Program + Weekly Coaching:

·      12-week program

·      Catered to individual needs for sport-specific development

·      PBC coaches remain available via text or phone to answer questions regarding movement standards and/or priorities

·      Once per week, the athlete may drop in to the PBC during coached hours at no extra charge

 

Individual Program + Weekly Coaching + Video Analysis:

·      12-week program

·      Catered to individual needs for sport-specific development

·      PBC coaches remain available via text or phone to answer questions regarding movement standards and/or priorities

·      Once per week, the athlete may drop in to train during coached hours at no extra charge

·      Daily videos of competition lift sets may be sent to the coaches for feedback on movement patterns

 

Individual Instruction:

If you’re brand new to the sport, we require two one-on-one sessions before allowing you to join the monthly program. Individual instruction will begin with a physical assessment and then transition into formal instruction on the Snatch, Clean, and Jerk.

These individual instruction sessions are different than regular drop-ins not only because they are one-on-one but also in that we assume the new athlete has no experience with these movements whatsoever. These sessions take place in a quiet, private environment with no pressure on performance. Coaches Jarred and David take joy in teaching new athletes the sport and have a conservative pace when progressing through the movements.

If you’re an intermediate or advanced lifter looking to take your two-lift total to the next level, we do offer one-on-one coaching for that as well. If this is something that interests you, contact us for an initial consult. Our approach to your development will be dictated by your experience level, strengths and weaknesses, and your schedule.