About us

To provide exceptional coaching in Olympic weightlifting and fundamental strength training principles within a supportive environment that empowers everyone to develop themselves to the very best of their ability.

 

Effort: The primary determinant of success for our team is effort. It is one thing we all have complete control over and everyone, regardless of ability level, can devote their very best effort towards mastering any task or challenge set before them.
Attitude: Daily attitude is another area completely under each individual’s control and is a vital part of successful development. We expect our team members to be positive, teachable, and personally accountable for their success.
Trust: Honesty and integrity are critical in developing a strong coach-athlete relationship. We expect all members of this team to be individuals who can be counted on to honor their word, be trustworthy and make wise choices both inside and outside the gym.
Respect: We are unique individuals who bring different backgrounds and interests to the team. Regardless of personal differences, we will be a team who always treats each other with honor and respect.

 

CJ Del Balso, MS, CSCS, RSCC, USAW International Coach

Coach Del Balso has been actively coaching weightlifting athletes since 2007. He is an International Level Coach with USA Weightlifting and has developed athletes who have competed on both the national and international levels including 4 national champions and 13 national medalists. Coach Del Balso also serves as a lead instructor for the USA Weightlifting coaching certification program which trains coaches in how to effectively teach and implement the Olympic weightlifting movements.

In addition to his expertise as a weightlifting coach, Coach Del Balso is a professional physical education instructor with more than 20 years of experience working with student-athletes as a teacher and strength and conditioning coach at the high school level. The National High School Strength Coaches Association recognized Coach Del Balso as the 2021 California State Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Human Movement from A.T. Still University in addition to being a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist and Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach with the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

 

training Schedule

sun

Closed

mon

5:30am – 7:00am

4:00pm – 7:30pm

tue

4:00pm – 7:30pm

wed

5:30am – 7:00am

4:00pm – 7:30pm

thu

4:00pm – 7:30pm

fri

5:30am – 7:00am

4:00pm – 7:30pm

sat

Morning by appt only

sun

Closed

mon

Morning by appt only

4:00pm – 7:30pm

tue

4:00pm – 7:30pm

wed

Morning by appt only

4:00pm – 7:30pm

thu

4:00pm – 7:30pm

fri

Morning by appt only

4:00pm – 7:30pm

sat

Morning by appt only

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Programs

This program is designed for individuals of any age (Youth through Masters) who desire to learn and train the Olympic weightlifting movements. The goal of this program is to develop technical proficiency in the weightlifting movements, build overall strength and prepare individuals to compete in the sport of weightlifting.

  • Training program based on individual skill level, goals, and commitment
  • Small group training sessions planned and supervised by USAW International Coach, CJ Del Balso
  • Coaching at local and national level competitions
  • Morning and afternoon training options to accommodate varying schedule demands
  • Month-to-month membership (no contracts and no additional fees)
4 sessions per week: $199 per month
3 sessions per week: $179 per month

This program is designed for youth (17 and under) athletes who want to correctly learn the Olympic weightlifting movements along with fundamental strength training principles. The methods used in this program are highly effective for developing power, strength, flexibility, and coordination that transfer well to improved athletic performance.

  • 2-day or 3-day per week training options (60 min per session)
  • Small group sizes to ensure high-quality instruction and learning
  • All sessions planned and supervised by USAW International Coach, CJ Del Balso
  • Before and after school training options to accommodate varying schedule demands
  • Month-to-month membership (no contracts and no additional fees)
3 sessions per week: $179 per month
2 sessions per week: $159 per month
  • 1-hour sessions focused on  technique development/refinement and individual needs
  • Available by appointment only
  • Must be scheduled outside of the normal small-group training hours
  • Remote sessions can be accommodated
1 session = $75
Package of 4 sessions = $250

Weightlifting Team

This program is designed for individuals of any age (Youth through Masters) who desire to learn and train the Olympic weightlifting movements. The goal of this program is to develop technical proficiency in the weightlifting movements, build overall strength and prepare individuals to compete in the sport of weightlifting.

Details

  • 3-5 days per week of programming depending on skill level, goals, and commitment
  • Small group training sessions supervised by USAW International Coach, CJ Del Balso Coaching at local and national level
  • Morning and afternoon training options to accommodate varying schedule demands
  • Month-to-month membership (no contracts and no additional fees)
  • 4 days per week of programming (can be adjusted based on skill level, goals, and commitment)
$199 per month

Weightlifting For Sports Performance​

This program is designed for youth (17 and under) athletes who want to correctly learn the Olympic weightlifting movements along with fundamental strength training principles. The methods used in this program are highly effective for developing power, strength, flexibility, and coordination that transfer well to improved athletic performance.

Details

  • 3-5 days per week of programming depending on skill level, goals, and commitment
  • Small group training sessions supervised by USAW International Coach, CJ Del Balso Coaching at local and national level
  • Morning and afternoon training options to accommodate varying schedule demands
  • Month-to-month membership (no contracts and no additional fees)
  • 4 days per week of programming (can be adjusted based on skill level, goals, and commitment)
3 sessions per week: $179 per month
2 sessions per week: $159 per month

1 on 1 Coaching​

1 on 1 coaching sessions are available to existing members only and must be scheduled outside of the normal small-group training hours.

$75 per hour

Weightlifting Team

This program is designed for individuals of any age (Youth through Masters) who desire to learn and train the Olympic weightlifting movements. The goal of this program is to develop technical proficiency in the weightlifting movements, build overall strength and prepare individuals to compete in the sport of weightlifting.

Details

  • 3-5 days per week of programming depending on skill level, goals, and commitment
  • Small group training sessions supervised by USAW International Coach, CJ Del Balso Coaching at local and national level
  • Morning and afternoon training options to accommodate varying schedule demands
  • Month-to-month membership (no contracts and no additional fees)
  • 4 days per week of programming (can be adjusted based on skill level, goals, and commitment)
$199 per month

Weightlifting For Sports Performance

This program is designed for youth (17 and under) athletes who want to correctly learn the Olympic weightlifting movements along with fundamental strength training principles. The methods used in this program are highly effective for developing power, strength, flexibility, and coordination that transfer well to improved athletic performance.

Details

  • 3-5 days per week of programming depending on skill level, goals, and commitment
  • Small group training sessions supervised by USAW International Coach, CJ Del Balso Coaching at local and national level
  • Month-to-month membership (no contracts and no additional fees)
3 sessions per week: $179 per month
2 sessions per week: $159 per month

1 on 1 Coaching

1 on 1 coaching sessions are available to existing members only and must be scheduled outside of the normal small-group training hours.

$199 per hour
$199 per month
3 sessions per week: $179 per month 2 sessions per week: $159 per month
$75 per hour

FAQ

Weightlifting (aka Olympic weightlifting) is a sport where athletes compete against each other by completing two lifts: the Snatch and the Clean and Jerk. The Snatch is performed by lifting a barbell from the ground to an overhead position all in one motion. For the Clean and Jerk, the weight is first lifted from the ground to the shoulders and then extended overhead. Each athlete has three attempts on both the Snatch and the Clean and Jerk, with the highest successful attempt on each lift counting towards the final total. The total of the two lifts are added up and the athlete with the highest total for both lifts is the winner. Athletes in this sport compete within specific age and weight classes which makes it a great sport for people of all ages and sizes.
Absolutely! Having prior experience is not a prerequisite for learning the Olympic lifts or participating in weightlifting as a sport. The only requirements are an eagerness to learn and working to the best of your ability. We will systematically teach you how to correctly perform the weightlifting movements along with the fundamental strength training principles required for success. Everyone in our program will progress at a pace that is appropriate for their skill and ability level.
Olympic weightlifting and/or general resistance training is safe for children of any age to engage in provided the program is designed and supervised by a qualified coach with experience teaching and developing youth. Furthermore, the sport of weightlifting itself has an exceptional record of safety including one of the lowest rates of injury per 100 participant hours compared to all sports. Check out the following resources to view more detailed information on the safety of weightlifting and resistance training for youth.  

Position Statement on Youth Resistance Training: National Strength and Conditioning Association  
Resistance Training for Children and Adolescents: American Academy of Pediatrics  
Position Statement on Youth Resistance Training: British Journal of Sports Medicine
All training sessions will be planned and supervised by CJ Del Balso who possesses 20+ years of experience working with youth as both a teacher and coach. Coach Del Balso is a professional Physical Education instructor who has taught the weightlifting movements to thousands of individuals in his experience working in schools. He is an International Level Coach with USA Weightlifting in addition to being a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach (RSCC) with the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
There is no minimum age requirement for a child to begin weightlifting or general resistance training. The only prerequisites are that the child is mature enough to consistently follow instructions and undergo the physical stresses involved in a training program. The specific plan for each child will be appropriately structured based on age, developmental level, and overall physical skills.
No. One of the great aspects of weightlifting is that it is a lifetime sport that individuals of any age can participate in. Masters level (age 35+) weightlifting is growing in the U.S. and there are currently age divisions extending all the way to 80+ years old. If you would like to start weightlifting, contact us and we will work with you to provide a training program that is optimal for your current skill and ability level.
The Olympic lifts, consisting of the Snatch, Clean & Jerk and variations of these movements, are a time-tested and extremely effective tool for building strength, power and overall athleticism. The explosive nature of these movements makes them particularly valuable for building physical qualities that transfer well to improved athletic performance. Even if you are just training to improve general strength and wellness, the Olympic weightlifting movements are an excellent component of any sound resistance training program as they efficiently develop multiple qualities simultaneously including strength, power, flexibility, and general body awareness.
Before starting a new membership, we ask that each prospective member set up a video or in-person meeting to discuss their background and goals. Ultimately, we want to make sure that your goals and our services are aligned before proceeding. From there, we will schedule an in-person movement screening to gauge your physical readiness to begin training. The final step to get started simply involves the set-up of a monthly membership at which point training can begin.

events

USAW Level 1 Course

In this two-day course, participants will learn how to safely and effectively teach the Olympic weightlifting movements in addition to best practices for utilizing these movements with beginner lifters and sport performance athletes.

Instructed by: CJ Del Balso

Location: Conqueror Weightlifting

Address: 20343 Blondo Parkway, Suite 104, Elkhorn, NE 68022

Dates: 6/1/2024: 8am – 5pm, 6/2/2024: 8am – 2pm

Price: $549

Contact CJ Del Balso at [email protected] with questions regarding this event.

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