The RVA Iron Barbell Club is a coalition for powerlifters to engage and collaborate with a sense of solidarity through RVA Iron Gym. The Club was established to unite powerlifters in the greater Richmond area to provide a central support system regardless of skill set and federation affiliation. Our goal is to offer a community for powerlifters with the intent of education, awareness, and a community of engagement. Surround yourself with like-minded individuals seeking greater strength through power specific training in a competitive and training-forward environment.
RVA Iron Barbell Club is outfitted with 2 custom combo racks, 3 Rogue Power Racks, and 3 Deadlift Platforms. We have Texas Power Bars, Texas Deadlift Bars, Texas Squat Bars, Rogue Ohio Bars, Kabuki HD Trap Bar, Duffalo bar and more!
We have Eleiko Competition Kilo Powerlifting Plates and IPF certified KG collars. As the Barbell Club continues to grow, we will continue to build and outfit the space as needed.
The RVA Iron Barbell Club is lead by President Marguerite Jones, Vice President Ashley Weigand, and Treasurer Kelly Coats.
Club President Marguerite Jones
Marg is a 46 year old powerlifter going on her 5th year of competing across multiple federations. She is currently a referee for the USPC. You will quickly realize after meeting Marg that she knows almost everyone in the central Virginia powerlifting scene and has helped handle numerous competitors over the years. Marg got into powerlifting after realizing she had a passion for lifting heavy things as a stress receiver.
Club Vice President Ashley
Ashley Weigand is a USAPL certified powerlifting coach, a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, and owner of Meditative Strength where she focus on mindful powerlifting coaching. Ashley's passion for fitness derives from a personal weight loss journey where she was able to lose 120lbs through powerlifting and strength training. She has been competing in powerlifting for 5 years and has tremendous love for the sport. This passion led Ashley to a career centered around helping others excel in their fitness journey through powerlifting coaching. When she's not in the gym training, she likes to spend time with family & friends, enjoys hiking, and cooking.
Club Treasurer Kelly Coats
Kelly is a 10 year Veteran of the US Army as a distinguished Jumpmaster and Pathfinder. He is a USPA Certified powerlifting coach and holds a BA and MA and is a PhD Candidate in US History (big history guy.) Kelly has been powerlifting for 4 years after his wife told him all he does is lift and go to school so he may as well put one to good use. He competes in the 74kg weight class.
Who we are: The RVA Iron Barbell Club is a coalition for powerlifters to engage and collaborate with a sense of solidarity through RVA IRON Gym.
Why was the Barbell Club created? To engage with the powerlifting community across the Greater Richmond area.
Why should I join? The Barbell Club will provide a central support system for powerlifters regardless of skill set and federation.
Who is involved? RVA Iron Gym members who have a passion for powerlifting regardless of competition status or federation affiliation.
What is our goal? To offer a central hub for powerlifters with the intent of education, awareness, and a community of engagement.
Is there a Fee? There is an annual fee of $60 to be a club member.
What do I get access to for joining the Club?
Barbell Club Team shirt
Bi-Weekly Team lifts
Monthly Team social outing
Access to private RVA Iron Barbell Facebook community
Assistance with finding meets/handlers for competitions