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MEET THE COACHES

EMMY VARGAS

Owner and Head Coach

USA Weightlifting National Coach

Emmy began weightlifting under the tutelage of Bob Takano in 1996 to help improve her performance in track & field where she was a scholarship athlete. She quickly developed a love for the sport and began competing. Within a short period of time she became one of the top female weightlifters in the United States and earned a spot as a Resident Athlete at the Olympic Training Center.  Emmy had the opportunity to learn from several coaches at the Olympic Training Center and Northern Michigan University including Lyn Jones, Bob "No Mercy" Morris, Lisa Brien, & Ma Jianping.  Her approach to coaching and programming can be considered a hybrid of these coaching philosophies. 

Emmy competed at the national and international level for eleven years and served on the USA Weightlifting Board of Directors as the United States Olympic Committee Athlete Advisory Council Representative for 8 years (2008-2016).   Since her retirement as an athlete in 2008, Emmy's coaching career includes leading dozens of athletes to national competitions and 6 to international competitions. 


Competition Highlights

3X Olympic Team Trials Participant

Pan Am Games Silver Medalist

World Championship Team Member

2X University World Championships Silver Medalist

Pan Am Championships Multiple Gold, Silver & Bronze Medalist

U.S. National Championships Multiple Gold, Silver & Bronze Medalist

American Open Championships Multiple Gold, Silver & Bronze Medalist