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about Joe Barbell Club 

Joe Barbell Club (JBC) is a virtual gym that offers strength and conditioning consultation services, with a specialization in Olympic Weightlifting. Our goal is to make your fitness goals as streamlined as possible, allowing you to spend less time planning and more time training. In other words: we consult, you succeed.

We offer a variety of services including in-person training, individualized remote programming, coaching workshops and seminars, and more. You can find more information about the services we provide here

about Head coach/owner joey swidler  

As Head Coach of JBC, Joey Swidler has spent the past decade coaching the sport of Olympic Weightlifting.  He has taught the sport of weightlifting both nationally and internationally, and has cultivated several national and internationally ranked weightlifters. He believes in a process oriented approach to this highly technical sport, and believes that only consistent exposure to the competition lifts (snatch, clean, jerk) and their variations can result in progress.  Beyond weightlifting, Joey has over 10,000 hours of teaching CrossFit classes, one-on-one personal training, and kids/teens fitness classes.   He is currently the head weightlifting coach at Northside Lifting Club, Long Island City Barbell Club, and Beast River Weightlifting.  Lastly, Joey serves as the Head Coach/Director of Programming for Rise Youth Athletics, a non-profit youth athletic organization that provides fitness classes for at-risk youth.   


  • USA Weightlifting Advanced Sports Performance Coach

  • USA Weightlifting Club Coach (awarded to coaches with two or more nationally ranked athletes)

  • Clinical Weightlifting Coach (CWC) certified

  • Functional Range Conditioning Mobility Specialist (FRCms)

  • CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting Traveling Seminar Staff Member

  • CrossFit Level 3 Trainer/Certified CrossFit Coach

  • CrossFit Kids Certified Trainer

  • The Brand X Method Advanced Youth Certified Trainer