Project Lift's Weightlifting Coaching



As you navigate your journey to learn the Olympic lifts you'll be faced with many obstacles. One of those obstacles is finding good equipment and space. We've all experienced a bar that doesn't spin, and spaces that tell you not to drop the bumper weights. 


Your search is over...


Located just off Hilliard-Rome Road, our newly fitted training hall has KG Olympic Equipment, 9 lifting platforms, jerk boxes, pulling blocks, and squat stands all in an isolated 2,000 square feet of training space making us the premier Olympic Weightlifting facility in Columbus.

Our Coaches

Meet Our Incredible Coaches

Have you ever had multiple coaches tell you different things only to confuse you? We have too...


That is why the coaches at Project Lift operate as a team. They understand what your goals are and what you need. So all the coaching you received is aimed at helping you reach success.

Chelsea Neeley

Chelsea brings strong strength and conditioning experience to the gym. As a coach, Chelsea is a program developer for multiple strength and fitness gyms in the city and has helped our athletes find the right mix to reach their goals. As an athlete, Chelsea has competed at multiple local competitions.

Sam Shaw

Sam utilizes the Olympic lifts for multiple sports where explosive movement is important. He is active in Hung Gar Kung Fu, Krav Maga, Strongman, and the Highland games. As an athlete in weightlifting Sam has competed at multiple local competitions.

Chelsea Dillon

Chelsea is a co-owner of Project Lift and 16 year veteran of Olympic weightlifting. As a coach, Chelsea has built Project Lift’s National team and designed all of the programmings for both our online and in-house athletes. As an athlete, Chelsea has been on 4 international teams, (insert medal and places in bigger meets)

Drew Dillon

Drew is a co-owner or Project Lift and 14 year veteran of coaching athletes. As a coach, Drew has been a personal coach at the 2015 World Championship and has helped 2012 Olympian Holley Mangold through training from 2011 to 2016. He has also led multiple athletes to national competitions. As an athlete, Drew placed his highest of 4th at a national competition.

Crysta Beatty

Crysta brings high-level experience from gymnastics, cheer, CrossFit and Olympic weightlifting. As a coach, Crysta is able to help athletes of all different skill levels connect with their movement and make the appropriate adjustments. As an athlete, Crysta has competed in a number of national competitions and has medaled at the University national level.

Michelle Tirey

After sustaining a back injury during her military service, Michelle dug deep into the world of movement and rehabilitation. Exploring CrossFit and Weightlifting since 2011, she began coaching in Jan 2017 with a focus on strengthening athletes, pain-free. She has now brought her experience to the athletes at Project Lift!

Casey Vinings

Casey has a passion for the sport of weightlifting that shines during his coaching. Starting his coaching career in Crossfit he has now moved on to Weightlifting. Training as an athlete and making consistent progress over years has given him deep insight into consistent long term progress! 

Natalia Iannarino

Natalia has been participating in weightlifting for over five years. During that time she has learned the details important to athlete development for competition and sport. Pursuing a career as a nurse practitioner she is a valuable asset.

Tyler Schaeffer

Tyler has been working with athletes from various sports for over 8 years. As a coach, Tyler brings collegiate strength and conditioning experience to our athletes. Utilizing his strength and conditioning experience Tyler has brought the gym a stronger foundation in regards to programming and structure. Setting our athletes up to be their best. As an athlete, Tyler has competed for multiple local competition and has qualified for the regional competition bracket.

Nick Jamison

Nick brings a passion for Olympic weightlifting born out of CrossFit. Nick has developed a successful Olympic weightlifting program at CrossFit Westerville and helps our athletes navigate between CrossFit and Weightlifting based on their goals. As an athlete, Nick has completed multiple local and national competitions.

Todd Everett

Todd brings passion to everything he does. As a coach, Todd has a background in CrossFit, Kids programming, Gymnastics and Weightlifting. Starting a successful weightlifting program in Powell, he now brings his expertise to the athletes at Project Lift.

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