Sean Rigsby


Sean Rigsby is a three time National Champion and National Record Holder in the Republic of Ireland. He is a former member of Team MDUSA, the multiple time U.S. National Champions in Olympic Weightlifting. Sean has coached many individuals, including athletes in the NFL, MLB, NCAA Football, Volleyball, Soccer, Baseball, Rugby, and Track and Field. In addition he has produced several Weightlifting National and International Champions, State Champion Powerlifters, and CrossFit Regional competitors.  While Sean’s focus on training comes first, he divides his time between running the Heavy Metal Barbell Club in North Carolina, conducting seminars across the country, managing his Heavy Metal Barbell Remote Athletes, and writing quality programming for Sport and Functional Performance athletes.


  • USAW Level 1 Sport Performance Coach

  • CrossFit Level 1

  • CrossFit Football Certified Coach

  • Pendlay Level 2

  • 2019 Weightlifting Ireland National Champion (109+kg)

  • 2018 Celtic Champions Team Member

  • Irish National Record Holder (Snatch; CJ; Total)

  • 2018 Weightlifting Ireland National Champion (105+kg)

  • 2018 European Weightlifting Championships

  • 2018 North Carolina State Champion and State Record Holder (CJ; Total)

  • 2017 USAW AO Series Silver Medalist (Total; C&J)

  • 2017 Weightlifting Ireland National Champion (105+kg)

  • 2015 USAW University Nationals Bronze Medalist 105+kg (Total; C&J)

  • 2015 USAW Nationals 4th Place Finish 105+kg

  • 2014 American Open Bronze Medalist 105+kg (Total; C&J)

  • 2012 & 2013 California State Olympic Weightlifting Champion 105+kg

  • 2011 USAPL California State Champion 110kg

  • USAPL California State Record Holder

  • B.A. English Literature, Magna Cum Laude, Arizona State University

Tayler harriS


Tayler Harris has always had a zest for sports and competition. She has competed or participated in everything from soccer and basketball, to Crossfit and bouldering. Olympic Weightlifting and the challenges it presented fascinated her the most. She competed in her first meet just three months into lifting and qualified for the 2011 USAW Nationals. After that, there was no turning back! Fast forward a few years, Tayler has now medaled at several USAW national events, represented Team USA abroad, attained a 214kg Total as a 76kg lifter, and is a former Team MDUSA athlete. Tayler currently works behind the scenes to keep Heavy Metal Barbell organized and uses her Precision Nutrition Certification to advise HMBC athletes on how to fuel their bodies for optimum performance.


  • Team USA Weightlifter

  • 5th Qatar International Cup, Silver Medalist (Snatch, C&J, Total)

  • 2019 USAW National Silver Medalist (Total, C&J; Snatch Bronze)

  • 2018 USAW AO Series 3 Bronze Medalist (C&J, Total)

  • 2018 USAW AO Series Silver Medalist (Snatch, C&J, Total)

  • 2018 North Carolina Best Female Lifter, State Champion, and State Record Holder

  • 2017 USAW AO Series Silver Medalist (Snatch, C&J, Total)

  • 2017 USAW Nationals Bronze Medalist (C&J)

  • USAW L1 Sport Performance Coach

  • CrossFit Football Trainer

  • Precision Sports Nutrition Coach

  • B.A. Political Science, UNC-Asheville