the LIft US Foundation:
Passing our success on to the next generation
Being a part of the Speed Power Strength community means you're supporting our dream of getting weightlifting taught in Oakland and other Bay Area high schools and developing a grassroots weightlifting program within our facility.
What is Olympic lifting?
Weightlifting is the foundation of why Speed Power Strength was created. It's who we are and what we do. SPS is a resource to give our athletes the best training advantages.
The Olympic lifts consist of two main competitive lifts: the snatch and the clean and jerk. In the snatch, the bar is lifted from the ground to an overhead position in one quick, explosive move. In the clean and jerk, the bar also goes from the ground to overhead, but in two lifts that first take the bar to the shoulders, and then overhead.
Speed Power Strength was built from the ground up to be the most complete Olympic weightlifting training center for athletes. SPS weightlifting is not simply a team renting space inside of a gym; Speed Power Strength weightlifting IS the gym! Our 9000 square foot space contains 12 lifting platforms, a permanent competition platform, a recovery center, and multiple showers. Everything was built to give athletes all the tools they need to succeed. It also serves as a center for visiting athletes to lift in a professional training hall. Whether you are a member of SPS, just visiting, or joining us for training camps, you will see that Speed Power Strength is weightlifting.
And a home for powerlifters.
There aren’t many gyms that are really set up for powerlifting, and those that are generally have the feel of a dungeon. At Speed Power Strength, we don’t think you need to be dirty to train hard, nor do you need to compete for space with other programs. Our dedicated powerlifting area is equipped with three power racks and three convertible bench/squat racks, so you can get your work done without interruption. Our powerlifting bars are built to handle the weights you lift and the chromed weight discs mean you won’t have to worry about running out of space on your bar. All equipment is the same Eleiko quality that you see at International Powerlifting Federation meets. SPS also has chains and bands, so you can train in whatever method works best for you.
Who is Eleiko?
Eleiko is the world's premier fabricator and retailer of weightlifting equipment. Eleiko equipment is exclusively used at the Olympics and World Weightlifting Championships. They catapulted to prominence in 1963 when they introduced a barbell that could be used through an entire competition without breaking or warping. These days you can find Eleiko products filling the racks of collegiate and professional athletic training centers around the world.
With the rise of functional fitness and competitive fitness, Eleiko has expanded their product line, bringing their same focus on design and quality to rigs, kettlebells, jump ropes, and other popular pieces of equipment. In 2014 and 2015 they were the exclusive equipment provider for the National Pro Grid League, the only professional fitness league. Now, Speed Power Strength is one of the few Eleiko certified facilities where anyone can train and enjoy the quality of Eleiko.
At Speed Power Strength, we strive for an experience that will match the Eleiko standard. We are taking a different approach to the traditional class model of CrossFit training, where everyone follows the same strength program and each class couples strength and conditioning together. While effective for many, we feel this model doesn't allow for each person to make the progress they are capable of.
This is why at SPS we offer strength programming separate from our conditioning classes and personalized to each member. From a coach's evaluation upon joining, you will be given a progression that fits you. Your personal program will also include stability and mobility work to complement your strength program and set you up for long term progress.
Each class is designed to be 45 minutes long, so you can come for either a coached strength session, a conditioning class, or if you have the time, stay for both. This allows for a more customizable experience that better fits your life.