Pittsburgh Sports Performance Center
331 Station St.
Bridgeville, PA 15017


The Pittsburgh Barbell Club
The Pittsburgh Barbell Club

The kind of club we want to be!

As we head into an exciting summer weightlifting season, I want to remind everyone to help keep the high standards that have made us such a great club and such a terrific training facility.  We hosted a great LWC Championships in June and look forward to the World Team Trials and PA State Championships in August.  We are thrilled with the new website, the upgrades to the facility and the ever increasing quality of our team.  It’s shaping up to be a great year!

When I first joined this gym 20 years ago I was impressed with the collegial atmosphere, the decorum and professional attitude exhibited by Craig and Faith Wolfley.  I began barbell training in 1972 and have trained in gyms from Harare, Zimbabwe, to Helsinki, Finland, to Shanghai, China, including many of the “famous” weightlifting facilities in the US.  I have never seen a better training atmosphere than what we have in Bridgeville.  We encourage each other, we treat the newest, greenest lifter with the same civility and respect we do national champions.  In short, we have a really great thing going on here, we are starting to get national exposure and recognition, and, it’s only going to get better.

One of the things that differentiates us from “meat head” gyms and “meat market” gyms alike is our family atmosphere with no inappropriate language, no temper tantrums and no “big league” attitudes.  Please keep it this way.  Be supportive and professional, don’t swear, be considerate and pay attention to others.  Look and act like a professional, if you train with your shirt off (which I don’t encourage) put it on when you’re done.  Offer assistance to others; minimize gossip and do more lifting than talking when you’re in the gym.  If you can’t or don’t want to do those things, this is probably not the gym for you.

We didn’t set out to make the Pittsburgh Sports Performance Center a commercial success and we have succeeded - we lose money every day we open the doors.  But that is not how we measure success, we measure it in how much fun we have, how much we grow as athletes and people, how many friends we make and in the experiences we’ll enjoy for the rest of our lives.  Let’s keep it up and have the best summer season possible!  I'll see you all in the gym,