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

September 2019 NEWSLETTER


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Coaching Tip: This is a piece from the February 2013 newsletter, and I think it’s just as timely today when just as many new coaches are entering the weightlifting community.  I think you’ll find it helpful!

One of the recent developments in weightlifting in this country is an interest in becoming a coach.  Just to give you an idea of how things have changed over time, allow me to reminisce a little.  Back in the 60’s and 70’s there were very few people that had any long term thoughts about becoming a coach.  Most participants had a decent competitive life span and then retired since there was no Masters program.  A few of them kept their hands in the game by officiating, but very few were thinking about coaching, mainly because there were hardly any around to emulate.  

In the year 2013 we have gradually come to a point where there is a great interest in becoming a weightlifting coach or at least a teacher of weightlifting technique.  The Crossfit Oly Cert courses are sold out over a year in advance and the USAW L1 courses are in heavy demand to the point where we have more L1 coaches than we have athletes.  Other individuals with little more than a nodding acquaintance with the lifts are offering clinics and courses on their own and people are paying to attend.  

If you are really serious about becoming a weightlifting coach, there are some very concrete things that you can do to make sure you are qualified to begin on the path to be a coach.  

First of all you need to take the academic courses to provide you with the scientific grounding for the thought processes you will need to generate as you progress.  Chemistry, physics, biology, anatomy, physiology and biomechanics should be on your resume.  

Secondly you need to learn to properly perform the lifts and compete in many meets so that you can explain the feelings and processes to the athletes you coach.  

2012 American Record Makers Champ trained for many years under the author and is now beginning his coaching career. He has a biology degree from UCLA.

2012 American Record Makers Champ trained for many years under the author and is now beginning his coaching career. He has a biology degree from UCLA.

The third requirement is to undergo several training cycles under the tutelage of an accomplished coach so that you understand the entire process of periodization from a first person standpoint.

Your fourth requirement is to spend time watching an experienced and accomplished coach actually teach so that teach so that you can understand the pedagogy involved in the art of coaching.  

Finally you need to think about how you will become the coach that you will be comfortable being.  No matter how much you might respect a specific coach you should not intend to emulate that coach.  You need to work at becoming the coach that is you.  

Follow these steps as well as taking the coaching certs and you should find yourself moving forward.  

Coaching Internships:  Thus far we’ve had 52 coaches go through our 100 hour coaching internship.  It’s a tremendous opportunity to watch the coaching process firsthand and to try your hand at coaching athletes in a mentored situation.  If you’ve got the interest we can help in your coaching development.  Check out the details by clicking the button below…

Drop In:  If you’re ever in the Los Angeles area and would like your technique analyzed or a discussion of your training the Takano Weightlifting gym has available coaching sessions from 12 to 2 PM, (Mon-Fri), 5 to 8 PM (Mon-Thu), 5 to 7 PM (Fri) and 9AM to 12 PM (Sat).  Get your lifting evaluated by Bob Takano or assistant coach Toby Skinner.  This could provide your training with the direction it needs. Sign-up in advance by clicking the button below.



After an absence of several years, the LWC Championships are being revived by the new LWC Board led by former PHAT Elvis team member, Chris Amenta.  The event will take place at the Eureka Hub in Irvine, CA on November 2, 2019.

Diana Crudeli Looks to set new National Masters Records at the World cup!

Diana Crudeli Looks to set new National Masters Records at the World cup!

See You At the Masters World Cup:  If you’re at the San Diego Masters World Cup from October 4-6, I’d be glad to meet you and talk weightlifting.  I’ll be coaching my athletes—Diana Crudeli, Deborah Robinson, Brenda Lopez, Chris Campbell, Ann-Marie Chediak and EJ Abilo.  I’ll also be working with Australian hammer thrower, Althea Mackie.  Should be a great event.  

USAW L1 Course in January:  If you’d like to get your coaching certification started up, I’ll be teaching a USAW L1 at Cal State San Bernardino on the weekend of January 25-26, 2020.  I hope to see an enthusiastic group of coaches in attendance!  You can sign up at by clicking the button below.


Latest Blog Posts:  See what’s swirling around in our heads at Takano Weightlifting by reading the three latest blog posts:

3 Phases of Coaching Weightlifting Technique: 

The Sensory and Motor Weightlifter: 

The Meanings of lifts: 

We Need Feedback:  We are currently in the process of preparing some educational materials for the weightlifting community.  We need the feedback of the first 100 respondents, so if you would like to let us know what topics would be of interest you can provide your input at by clicking the link below and taking a short survey.  Thanks so much for your help!