Takano Weightlifting is the premier training facility dedicated to the sport of weightlifting.  Inside a 5000+ sq ft. facility in Woodland Hills, we provide the highest quality and competition rated equipment along with the very best coaches in the sport.  We offer open gym access and class membership with coaching for Olympic Weightlifting and Strength & Conditioning for everyone. We also offer educational seminars for both athletes and coaches.  Whether you are a Weightlifter, an Athlete, or a CrossFitter looking to better your technique, Takano Weightlifting is the place to be!

The recent explosion of interest in the sport of weightlifting and the performance of the snatch and clean & jerk has created an unmet demand for more and better training and coaching.  As a longtime weightlifting and strength and conditioning coach, writer and lecturer Bob Takano and Takano Athletics have decided to provide this expertise by opening a unique training facility solely dedicated to the training of weightlifting and education of coaches.  The Takano Weightlifting gym will make available for the first time to the general public the training and coaching methods previously available only to a narrow segment of the athletic community.  

Bob Takano - Owner / Head Coach

Bob Takano is a highly respected weightlifting coach who was inducted into the USA Weightlifting Hall of Fame in 2007 for his contributions to coaching. He has been the coach of four national champions, two national record holders, and 27 top ten nationally ranked lifters. Bob has been on the coaching staffs of 17 U.S. National teams to international competitions, five of those being World Championships and the Summer Olympics. His lifters have competed in seven Olympic Trials with one, Albert Hood, the third American to snatch double bodyweight, earning a berth on the 1984 team. 

Furthermore Bob has been a CSCS since 1986, having authored six articles for the NSCA Strength and Conditioning Journal, and served as a member of the editorial board of that journal from 1996 to 2000. He has also co-authored a chapter for the NASM’s Essentials of Sports Performance Training, and a chapter on the Training of Weightlifters for the IOC Sports Medicine Commission’s Encyclopedia of Strength and Power. 20 of the female volleyball players he’s coached have earned Division 1 scholarships. Bob is on the teaching staff for the USAW Weightlifting Coaching Education program and presents his own seminars as well. He was also part of the CrossFit Weightlifting Seminar staff.



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LA's one and only training center dedicated to Olympic Weightlifting




ONLY $50!

Sign up right after your 1st class and your 1st month is only $50!  All our memberships are a month to month term so you can cancel at anytime with no commitment or hassle!

Fill out the form to request your 1st class.  Adv. reservations only. EXCLUDES OPEN GYM HOURS. No walk-ins allowed. 

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6- week technique course

In each class we will work on a specific part of the snatch, clean, and jerk and the common problems most people may face during the lifts. One or more corrective exercises will be performed each class to help remedy problems with strength, timing, movement and conceptualization. The class work will be progressive, covering exercises from a top down bottom up approach, every week we will alternate what exercises we are working on. If you need help with hip extension, utilizing the legs, posture, bar path, footwork, the receiving position ,etc., this class is for you.  

  • WHEN: Starts January 12th 2019 Meets every Saturday @ 8:30am for 1 hour of dedicated instructions.

  • COST: $150.

  • CLASS SIZE: Limited to 15 people per class


All of our membership options are without any contracts or long term commitments.  Here's how it works! 

  • If you are just looking for the best facility to do your own workouts, chose OPEN GYM membership.

  • If you want to take our structured classes or have access to our coaches (they will coach you while you workout during the “coaching hours”, chose CLASS membership.

  • If you want to compete and be part of Takano Athletics Weightlifting Team, chose COMPETITION TEAM membership.( Approval needed from Coach Takano before joining the Team)

  • All monthly memberships include access to Open Gym which means you can come in and do what you want during non-class hours.

  • All of the monthly memberships are via an automatic payment system. You will be charged every month on the same day of your purchase until you cancel. Cancellation of the membership is your responsibility and there will be no refund once the automatic payment has been processed. To cancel, send an email request to at least 1 business day before your next billing date.



$50 a month


Access to the facility during NON-CLASS times.  No access to classes or coaching except on Saturdays 11am - 12pm.  This is Coach Takano's open gym session where he will be on the floor for everyone.



Open gym access + access to coaches and our structured classes



$175 A MONTH


Takano Athletics Weightlifting team. If you want to compete, this is it. Full access to the facility and classes.






1 class drop-in for $30.  10-pack for $250. This can be used for Open Gym or classes.


Takano Weightlifting offers the best coaching of weightlifting along with Coach education and Internship opportunities under USAW Hall of Fame Coach - Bob Takano.  if you are serious about learning from the best to become the best,  look no further.


The Takano Weightlifting Internship is the answer to an ever growing demand for coaching education beyond the traditional weekend seminar or course.  It has been designed to provide the intern with the experiences and tools to begin a career as a weightlifting coach through a process that is unavailable anywhere else in the U.S.A. 

Selected interns will have the opportunity to teach and coach weightlifting under the direct supervision of USA Weightlifting Hall of Fame coach Bob Takano. 

These activities will take place in the Takano Weightlifting HQ, a facility dedicated to competitive weightlifting, strength and conditioning and coaching education.  While other facilities might offer the same equipment, or similar coaching opportunities, it is the wealth of coaching experience that Bob brings to the experience that sets it apart from other coaching education experiences.

Interns will be expected to spend eight or more hours per week (up to a total of 100 hours overall) teaching classes of beginning and intermediate athletes and coaching weightlifters toward an end goal of coaching them in competition. 

As a final requirement interns must pass an examination on program planning in order to receive a certificate of completion. 

Read more about the Internship HERE.

"The Takano Athletics Coaching Education Internship is one of the most concise and comprehensive internships offered. Whether you are an aspiring Weightlifting coach or a seasoned coach, if you are serious about your development, this Internship is second to none. The Takano Athletics Internship not only gave me the knowledge and confidence to open the first Weightlifting gym in my area, but also develop my athletes to successful careers in Weightlifting. I owe a huge THANK YOU to Coach Bob Takano for putting together such a phenomenal Internship which set me up for success." - Clancy Benton / CTBAthletics



There are 5 steps to the application and selection process.

  1. Download /Email completed application to (download application below)
  2. Oral interview (in person, phone, or skype).
  3. Background, goals and character references check.
  4. Internship fee payment. (Info/Link to pay fee below)
  5. Notice of acceptance + Schedule / Confirmation of the start date.

All of these factors will be taken into consideration before an intern is selected.  There will be a limited number of internships available at any given time.






$399.00. You must make payment to confirm and secure your spot/start date. To pay on-line now -








  • Monday - Thursday: 6am - 8pm
  • Friday: 6am - 7pm
  • Saturday: 8am - Noon(12:00pm) 
  • Sunday: CLOSED

CLASS HOURs(see CALENDAR for times) 

  • Weightlifting: Open to all levels including beginners for "Intro" and "Barbell Strength" class. Coach(es) will be on the floor helping, assisting, and coaching you while you do the workout.
  • Olympic Weightlifting: Open workout time with a Coach(es) on the floor. Open to all levels including beginners.
  • Barbell Strength: 1 hour structured class focusing building strength and technique using all of the major lifts including bench, press, deadlift, squats, C&J, Snatch.  This class is for anyone looking to build overall strength and technique utilizing all of the lifts. Open to all levels.
  • Intro to Olympic Weightlifting: 1 hour structured class focusing on fundamental techniques of Olympic Weightlifting.  Open to all levels.
  • Technique Class: 6 week course with a specific start and end date.  You must purchase a special membership to attend this course.
  • Open Gym:  Access to the facility during NON-CLASS times. No coaching except on Saturdays 11-12pm which is Coach Takano's open gym hours where he will be on the floor to help everyone.


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This is a USAW sanctioned event with no age groups. The 10 men's and 10 women's bodyweight classes will be contested, one women's session and one men's session, Medals will be awarded to the top 3 finishers in each bodyweight division.


Urban Spaceman Weightlifting Meet

Sunday August 11th, 2019


Session 1 All Men: Weigh-in 9 am, Start Time 11 am

Session 2 All Women: Weigh-in 12 noon, Start Time 2 pm

if you have any questions feel free to email






Takano Weightlifting

6036 Variel Ave, Woodland Hills, California 91367

***we are located in the LYFE Fitness Complex, Entrance and parking available in back of building, additional parking on street***




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6036 Variel ave.

Woodland Hills, CA 91367 

Please note that we are located inside LYFE Fitness Complex



Master Class: The Takano Master Class launch is set for Tuesday, April 2nd.  We’re offering an opportunity to lock into a lifetime discounted monthly rate that won’t be available again.  This website will offer the best weightlifting training and coaching material available.  Many sites offer advice, but none of them have had their content verified by over 50 years of lifting, coaching and testing.  Don’t waste time with your lifting or coaching career chasing down rabbit holes that waste your time and get you nowhere.  

The Takano Master Class is the site for serious lifters and coaches.  Members will get permanent access to monthly topical webinars, monthly Q & A webinars, and the entire archives of weightlifting content developed by USAW Hall of Fame Coach, Bob Takano.  You can’t get this material anywhere else.  All current newsletter subscribers will be put into the funnel on April 2nd.  Others can sign-up at with no obligation, or click the button below.  Our regular monthly fee is $150.00, but during this special promotion we are charging only $97.00 per month for the life of your membership.  Don’t delay this special introductory offer will only be in place for a short time.  

Coaching Methods Refined:  

We’ve recently experienced an increase in new lifters in the gym.  They have come in at a variety of ability and experience levels and as such we’ve had to treat each one individually before we can effectively assign them to the appropriate level of programming (We have 3: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced).  As a result my assistant coach, Toby Skinner, and I have had to frequently take divergent approaches to solve new issues as they arise.  The point here is that coaching weightlifting as it currently stands is a fluid process and even those of us who have been in the “business” for an extended period must still modify our approaches in order to achieve the optimal results.  To all coaches out there, keep in mind that the art of coaching is an ongoing, ever changing process for those of us conscientious enough to want the best outcomes.  As new approaches become apparent to us, we will be presenting them in the Master Class.  


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Reflecting on recent performances

  Aaron Silk is one of the up and coming lifters on our team.  His total of 235 (107-128) at the National Juniors placed him 15th in the 81 kg class.  More importantly he registered 3 PR’s and the total was a 14 kg improvement.  Aaron is a talented young lifter whose father lifted for me back in the 1980’s.  In our program we expected our lifters to always try for PR’s in competition, and this time Aaron did not disappoint.  

More recently Christine Na represented the USA at the Las Vegas International event (Bronze Level) that was held concurrently with the Youth World’s, National Universities and National Under 25 Championships.  Christine’s knee had been bothering her in the training leading up to this event but she still came close to an 86 kg PR snatch, and cleaned a PR 109, though she missed the jerk in the 59 kg class.  While her total was less than expected she still finished in 2nd place—not too disappointing for a first international event.

New Monthly Rates

As was previously announced, our monthly gym membership fees are being raised, something we haven’t done during the first five years of our existence.  4x per month will be $80.00, 8x per month will be $99.00, unlimited will be $150.00, while the team membership will remain at $175.00.  New pricing will go into effect in April.


The Sports Mindset

I’ve recently gotten the impression that there is a considerably portion of the community who are confusing weightlifting sport with modalities from the fitness community.  Weightlifting is a competitive sport, and a well organized and defined one at the international level.  

The purpose of competing in weightlifting is to lift the most weight the athlete is capable of—period!  A weightlifting meet is not a psychological therapy session.  It is not an encounter into failure avoidance.  Both the athlete and the coach must share the mindset that it is an opportunity to demonstrate what the athlete is capable.  

I regularly tell my athletes that they are all seekers of the truth.  They all want the truth.  They all want to know how much they can lift.  They welcome that truth.  No matter the truth, it will spur them on to greater feats.  We should all be committed to this seeking of the truth.