Experienced Coaches

At Brazos Valley Barbell, our gym members get the opportunity to work with some of the most experienced and knowledgeable coaches and personal trainers in the Bryan and College Station area of Texas. All of our coaches have years of experience in powerlifting, weightlifting, and hypertrophy training. They all find a great level of satisfaction in helping others achieve their personal weight training goals. From showing you the best way to lose weight to properly using a weight bench, our coaches are the partners that you need in order to succeed. We offer a variety of programming that can pair you with an expert coach or personal trainer who will be able to evaluate your ability and design a routine that will help you achieve and exceed your personal weightlifting goals. We have coaches that provide excellent programming for all styles and training requirements.

David Woolson

David Woolson

David is an experienced powerlifter, who is constantly pushing the limits of sports performance goals. He specializes in hypertrophy, physique goals, and is a dedicated coach in many forms.

93kg USAPL Raw Open American Record Deadlift 350.5kg/772.7lbs

NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist
Precision Nutrition – Level 1 Coach
USAPL Club Coach
USA Weightlifting – Performance Coach

Collin Phillips

Collin Phillips

CrossFit Coach, TAMU Weightlifting Team President Collin was a collegiate lacrosse player before he started Crossfit in 2013. Through that he found a passion for Olympic weightlifting where he both coaches and competes as a 77kg lifter.

CrossFit Level 1
USAW Performance Coach

Our Programming Options

If you are searching for gyms in the Bryan/College Station TX area that can provide top-quality equipment and expert training, then Brazos Valley Barbell is your place. With a huge range of programming options and top-of-the-line equipment, there is something for people of all skill levels and experience. Whether you want to lose weight or weight gain, or if you are interested in weightlifting in any form, Brazos Valley Barbell is able to accommodate your needs and help you achieve your Olympic weightlifting dreams. We offer experienced guidance and the best possible facilities for all types of weightlifting and powerlifting training.



Powerlifting is a strength sport that is based on capacity to lift maximal weight. It is based on lifting weight in three different methods of lifts: squat, bench press, and deadlift. This sport is performed in a variety of competitions, and it is also used as a method of strength training. At Brazos Valley Barbell, we coach in raw lifting, which generally includes knee sleeves and a belt. Those who choose equipped lifting are also more than welcome to join.

Powerlifting requires maximizing muscle mass and strength through progressive overload, and training in this sport is a fantastic way of building your body. It takes a lot of work and effort to excel in this sport, but it can be extremely satisfying to reach your personal goals and exceed your weightlifting potential. Do not expect to hit massive lifts on your first day, but with proper training and guidance, you would be surprised at what your body can achieve.


Olympic weightlifting level sport in which an athlete attempts to achieve a lift of maximum weight with a bar loaded down with weight plates. There are two types of lifts in Olympic weightlifting known as the ‘snatch’ and the ‘clean and jerk.’ During a competition, an individual gets three attempts to achieve both types of lifts successfully. Failure to achieve a successful lift of both the ‘snatch’ and the ‘clean and jerk’ results in an incomplete entry. Unlike other strength sports, which challenge the physical limits of human strength, weightlifting is intended to test the limits of explosive strength. Weightlifting lifts are performed faster and with a wider range of movement compared to other strength sports as the lifts are executed in one continuous motion.

Weightlifting emphasizes on form just as much as it relies on strength, which makes it a great training sport for developing technique. It takes a great deal of dedication and concentration to perform well in this sport, but with enough time and proper training programs, it is possible to develop excellent technique and strength capacity. As with any weight training sport, it takes time and effort to progress and shatter your perceived limitations.



Hypertrophy is the enlargement of muscle achieved by growth in the size of the muscle’s component cells. This is achieved by strength training through programmatic, mechanical loading of muscles in order to activate hypertrophy in the body. Proper execution of hypertrophy training can result in massive muscular weight gains that many bodybuilders and strength athletes pursue in their training. It is achieved by stimulating muscle growth through a very specific method of progressive training and dedicated routines. The primary principal behind hypertrophy is ‘progressive overload’ which emphasizes the progressive increasing of weight loads, number of repetitions, and number of sets in order to encourage muscular growth on a cellular level.

Successful hypertrophy growth requires a great deal of dedication and commitment to an exact and rigorous routine. It can take some time before the massive weight gains are fully realized, but for those with the discipline and determination, hypertrophy strength training can result in massive changes to the body’s physical limits. For those who are able to achieve these limits, there is an overwhelming amount of personal satisfaction and change in physical appearance.

Brazos Valley Barbell Accommodates All Levels Of Weight Training

Although many of these sports are performed at an Olympic level, no one in any powerlifting or weightlifting sport starts at that level of performance. Everyone needs to begin somewhere, and Brazos Valley Barbell recognizes that we all come from different places with different incentives to start weightlifting. It can be one of the best ways to lose weight or to build muscle strength and definition, or just to push the physical limits of your body for your own personal satisfaction. We know that everyone has their own reason to start powerlifting, so we ensure that our high-end facilities and expert coaches can accommodate people of all skill and ability levels.

All-Level Weight Training
Beginner Weightlifting

Beginner Powerlifting and Weightlifting

Even if you have never lifted before, Brazos Valley Barbell is there to help you get started in the sports of powerlifting, weightlifting, and hypertrophy training. We know that entering strength performing sports can be intimidating for some beginners, but all of our patrons and staff are friendly and accommodating no matter who you are. We want to create an encouraging environment that will help you grow and achieve your personal goals. These sports are not about how much someone else can lift; it is about how far you can take yourself to achieve the weight gains you want to see. Our coaches are experts at helping you determine what is best for your body, and how you can become a better version of yourself.

Intermediate Powerlifting and Weightlifting

Some people who join Brazos Valley Barbell already have the experience to some degree in weight training of some kind, but they are seeking to take themselves to a higher level or have reached the limitations of their old gym. Our coaches have experience working with people of all skill levels, and they are experts at evaluating your current level and developing a program that is designed to push your routine beyond its current condition. Whether you have been weightlifting for a few months or a couple years, we can help you push the boundaries to places where you would have never expected to reach. Entering at an intermediate level gives you the advantage of having some experience and knowledge of your own ability and this can help you leap into the next stage.

Intermediate Powerlifting
Expert Powerlifting Weightlifting

Expert Powerlifting and Weightlifting

Many of the patrons at our gym have reached an expert level of powerlifting or weightlifting, but they are seeking a place to maintain their routine or push it to the maximum threshold of their physical capacity. Our coaches have huge amounts of experience in all types of weight training and are knowledgeable about the best types of routines and competition requirements. Even if you are totally confident in your ability and routine, our facilities provide the perfect environment for you to continue your training on a daily basis. From hands-off online coaching to a personal partner to keep pushing you beyond your limits, Brazos Valley Barbell can accommodate even the most experienced weightlifters. Our gym is all about creating the space and providing the equipment that you need to be the best that you can possibly be.

Expert Coaches Know How To Break Boundaries and Push Limitations

Although powerlifting and weightlifting require personal dedication and determination, working with an expert coach or personal trainer can help keep you on course towards the weight loss or weight gain that you are pursuing. No matter how confident or insecure you are about your form or capacity, a knowledgeable coach can help provide a fresh perspective on your routine and make suggestions that will help you improve on all levels. It is easy to keep charging forward during your weight training, but working with a coach can help you be more calculated and effective as you progress in the sport. From beginner to expert levels of weightlifting, coaches have tips and provide encouragement that ensures you are able to hit the weight gains that you want to see.

Start Your Training Now

There is no better day to start your weightlifting training than today. The first step in improving your health and reaching your personal fitness goals is to contact one of our experts at Brazos Valley Barbell. Whether it will be your first day of powerlifting or you want to start competing in weightlifting competitions, Brazos Valley Barbell is there to help you achieve your physical fitness dreams. Go beyond your expectations, and become a better version of yourself today.