Zia Barbell Team

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Zia Barbell is an official USA Weightlifting club competing out of sunny Santa Fe, New Mexico. Our coaches work one-on-one with our members to identify their strengths and needs. While we focus on the primary Olympic lifts – the snatch and the clean & jerk – we also encourage healthy athleticism with important movements like squatting, pulling and pushing. By doing this, Praxis members not only excel at their fitness in the gym but also in their everyday movements. This results in fewer injuries, stronger athletes, and better mindsets when competing.

Interested in joining the team? Contact us today.

Barbell Group Class Schedule

Check out our member profiles below for more insight into what makes the Praxis team incredible!

BJ (Head Coach)

Praxis Barbell Head Coach
2013 Nationals Masters Weightlifting Competitor (-77kg)

Instagram: @ThePraxisLab
FB: https://www.facebook.com/bj.monger

Gary Dinh

Assistant Coach and Team Captain
-77Kg Senior Lifter

Instagram: @dinsilenth
FB: https://www.facebook.com/gary.dinh

Weightlifting Team

Jessica Embry

+75Kg  Youth Lifter
2016 IWF Yth. World Championships: +69kg
2016 Selected Yth. Pan Am Team: +69kg
2016 Yth. National Championships: 
2016 Jr. National Championships: +75kg, 4th
2015 Yth. National Championships: +75kg, 4th

2015 Yth. National Championships: +75kg, 3rd
2015 IWF Yth. World Championships: +69kg, 10th
2014 Yth. National Championships: +69kg, 2nd
2014 Jr. National Championships: +75kg, 5th
2013 Yth. Pan American Championships: +63kg, 3rd
2013 Yth. National Championships: +69Kg, 2nd
2012 Yth. National Championships: +58Kg, 3rd

+75kg Youth NM Snatch, Clean & Jerk, and Total record holder

Instagram: @lovinglifting
FB: https://www.facebook.com/jessica.sipos.35?fref=ts

Snatch: 86Kg, 44
Clean & Jerk: 108Kg, 56
Total: 194Kg, 100

Mark Martinez

77Kg Masters Lifter

FB: https://www.facebook.com/mark.martinez

Snatch: 70kg, 42
Clean & Jerk: 94kg, 55
Total: 165kg, 100

Chris Schaum

77Kg Masters Lifter
Age 50-54 Masters NM Snatch record holder

FB: https://www.facebook.com/chris.schaum

Snatch: 61kg, 43
Clean & Jerk: 80kg, 57
Total: 141kg, 100

Phil Madrid

69/77Kg Masters Lifter

FB: https://www.facebook.com/phil.madrid

Snatch: 59kg, 44
Clean & Jerk: 77kg, 56
Total: 134kg, 100

Breanna Lovato

75kg Youth Lifter
75kg Youth NM Snatch, Clean & Jerk, and Total record holder

FB: https://www.facebook.com/breanna.lovato

Snatch: 43kg, 49
Clean & Jerk: 45kg, 51
Total: 88kg, 100

Ben Salas

94Kg Masters Lifter

FB: https://www.facebook.com/salasclan

Snatch: 76kg, 43
Clean & Jerk: 100kg, 57
Total: 176kg, 100

Sheila Beuler

+75Kg Masters Lifter
+75kg Age 50-54 Masters NM Snatch, Clean & Jerk, and Total record holder

FB: https://www.facebook.com/sbeuler

Snatch: 39kg, 41
Clean & Jerk: 56kg, 59
Total: 95kg, 100