Alex Varbanov

Coach, Champion

Very few coaches in the sport of Olympic Weightlifting can claim to have actually won an Olympic Medal.  Coach Varbanov took home Bronze in Seoul, 1988. He currently holds a world record that has not come close to being broken to this day.  

Coach, along with his wife Irina and young son Niki, run the Academy Olympic  Lifting program and are passionate about growing this sport in Canada.  


Training & Team

We have a competitive weightlifting team that trains together 4-5 days a week.  

We also have classes in Oly Lifting Technique for CrossFitters and anyone looking to add strength & power training to their routine.  



Book a one-on-one or small Group Private sessions with Coach Varbanov.

This is a great way to quickly improve your technique and focus on your specific needs and goal.  Written Programs also available.