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the family business

ALEX VARBANOV has devoted over 35 years to the sport of Olympic Weightlifting and has built a strong reputation of a weightlifting professional. He has a Master’s degree from the National Sports Academy of Bulgaria and is a Honored Master of Sports. Alex is NCCP certified Olympic Weightlifting Competition Development coach (Level 2). 

Alex has won numerous World Championships and European Championships in the 67.5 and 75kg bodyweight divisions and a Bronze Medal from the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. He has earned 10 official world records two still current to this date, 215.5kg Clean and Jerk and 382.5kg Total. 

NIKI VARBANOV is a son of his dad. At the age of 16, he became three time Canadian Junior Champion in three different categories – 56, 62 and 69kg. He broke 8 Juvenile, 10 Youth, 9 Junior and 5 Senior Ontario Records.

Niki has been involved in this sport for more than 7 years, for the last 5 – at a high, competitive level. Niki is training 5-6 days a week, assisting his dad in coaching beginners and amateurs, as well as leading the practical sessions during the Varbanov School Seminars/Certifications.

IRINA VARBANOV is the wife of Alex and helps out during team practice sessions. She is a qualified IWF judge and manages operations for both Alex and Niki.

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team practice

Training together makes the experience of success and triumph that much more fulfilling. Practices are every Monday, Wednesday and Fridays 5:30-7:30pm at Academy of Lions. Please fill out the form below to contact us about joining the weightlifting team.

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Coach Alex is a master at programming and can help you stay on track with a customized written program. Please fill out the form below to let us know your training goals and how coach can help.

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Within the session you will train like a Olympic level weightlifter with both Coach Alex and wife Irina. Click below to purchase your session.



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