our coaches


Coach Blanco

Brooklyn Barbell Program Director, Head Coach, Co-Owner

Coach Blanco is a USA Weightlifting National Level Coach, Brooklyn Barbell Program Director, and lead coach at Burgener Strength. He has been coaching since 2008.

Coach Blanco has a fundamental belief that the practice of weightlifting is for anyone. Weightlifting teaches us purpose, intentionality, the beauty of the process, and learning from our mistakes. Throughout his weightlifting career, Coach Blanco has connected to an enormous breadth of people who continually influence and impact his way of teaching and coaching to this day.​

Listen to Coach Blanco's podcast "Off The Platform" via Apple Podcasts.


Coach Reggie

Lead Coach

After competing in wrestling throughout high school (and reaching a rank of 3rd in NYC!) Reggie turned his attention to Olympic Weightlifting. His passion and natural aptitude for the sport has led him to great success: he ranked 9th at Junior Nationals in 2014, and 11th at University Nationals in 2015, in addition to winning several local competitions.

Reggie began coaching for us as an assistant in 2012, and has grown into a passionate and dedicated member of our coaching staff. 

Get started with a free 30-minute intro session with our head coach.



Get To Know Us!

USAW Community Development

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Brooklyn Barbell is a 2020 USAW Community Development site, recognizing our contributions to the weightlifting community and development of the sport of weightlifting!

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The club features fifteen platforms across 1500 square feet of training space. We're located in a warehouse with no residential neighbors, so dropping is absolutely ok!



We train with competition barbells and plates, jerk blocks, racks, and all the accessory equipment you could dream of.

Our equipment suppliers include Rogue, Elieko, Werksan, and DHS.


Locker Room

Our locker room has clean, private changing areas, showers, day storage, and overnight lockers (rental required.)


Get started with a free 30-minute intro session with our head coach.