Olympic Weightlifting is the most complete and widely practiced strength sport in the world today. It consists of two competition lifts: Snatch and Clean & Jerk.  Using Olympic exercises in your training creates tremendous physical development including coordination, balance, speed, concentration, flexibility, strength, power and a great looking body.

Varbanov School of Weightlifting at the Academy Of Lions is directed by head coach Alex Varbanov. His prolific career includes several World Records, World Titles, European Championships and an Olympic Bronze medal. Alex has spent the last 15 years starting programs around the world, including Europe, South America and Canada.

His Training System is based on The School Of Champions Athletic Program in Bulgaria which has produced several elite athletes, world champions, record holders and Olympic medalists. Programs are available at the Academy Of Lions to help youth and adults excel in the sport.  It is  also the most effective way to cross-train for other sports such as Hockey, CrossFit, Martial Arts/MMA, Football, Soccer, Basketball, Baseball, Golf, Skiing, Track and Cycling.

 A list of coaching options is below.  Please click here to contact us for scheduling options

Private Sessions with Alex Varbanov:

  • Full Training Session, $199.  Consists of 3 lifts: Snatch, Clean & Jerk, Squat (2 hours of training).  Additional person may join for 25% off (no more that 2 people!)
  • One-hour (single lift) private training session, $125 – focus on improving a single lift, or major weakness, or deficiency
  • Written Training Program, $199.  Alex will design a written program for up to 8-12 weeks for you to follow at your own gym. At least one full training session with Alex is a prerequisite for preparing a written program

Weightlifting Team Training Sessions:

  • Monday / Wednesday / Friday  5:30 – 7:30/8:00 p.m.  The monthly membership $249 covers all coached training sessions, team T-shirt, competition coaching, training program (upon request for the no-show days) 

Drop-In Sessions:

  • Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 5:30 p.m. Alex coaches 2-hour sessions at the Academy of Lions (64 Ossington Ave., Toronto).  These are group sessions, great for people with some weightlifting experience and looking for a little more technique work. $55 for a full session. If you are a full Academy member you pay $35/session
  • One-hour Olympic Weightlifting class – Monday,  Wednesday, Friday 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. at the Academy of Lions. 

For purchases, training or programming inquiries contact irina@varbanovschool.com or varbanovweightlifting@gmail.com

* All prices are in Canadian Dollars. We charge HST. 

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