Takano Weightlifting is the premier training facility dedicated to the sport of weightlifting.  Inside a 5000+ sq ft. facility in Woodland Hills, we provide the highest quality and competition rated equipment along with the very best coaches in the sport.  We offer open gym access and class membership with coaching for Olympic Weightlifting, Powerlifting, and Strength & Conditioning for everyone. We also offer educational seminars for both athletes and coaches.  Whether you are weightlifter or a CrossFitter looking to better your technique, Takano Weightlifting is the place to be!

The recent explosion of interest in the sport of weightlifting and the performance of the snatch and clean & jerk has created an unmet demand for more and better training and coaching.  As a longtime weightlifting and strength and conditioning coach, writer and lecturer Bob Takano and Takano Athletics have decided to provide this expertise by opening a unique training facility solely dedicated to the training of weightlifting and education of coaches.  The Takano Weightlifting gym will make available for the first time to the general public the training and coaching methods previously available only to a narrow segment of the athletic community.  

Bob Takano - Owner / Head Coach

Bob Takano is a highly respected weightlifting coach who was inducted into the USA Weightlifting Hall of Fame in 2007 for his contributions to coaching. He has been the coach of four national champions, two national record holders, and 27 top ten nationally ranked lifters. Bob has been on the coaching staffs of 17 U.S. National teams to international competitions, five of those being World Championships and the Summer Olympics. His lifters have competed in seven Olympic Trials with one, Albert Hood, the third American to snatch double bodyweight, earning a berth on the 1984 team. 

Furthermore Bob has been a CSCS since 1986, having authored six articles for the NSCA Strength and Conditioning Journal, and served as a member of the editorial board of that journal from 1996 to 2000. He has also co-authored a chapter for the NASM’s Essentials of Sports Performance Training, and a chapter on the Training of Weightlifters for the IOC Sports Medicine Commission’s Encyclopedia of Strength and Power. 20 of the female volleyball players he’s coached have earned Division 1 scholarships. Bob is on the teaching staff for the USAW Weightlifting Coaching Education program and presents his own seminars as well. He was also part of the CrossFit Weightlifting Seminar staff.



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LA's one and only training center dedicated to Olympic Weightlifting




ONLY $50!

Sign up right after your 1st class and your 1st month is only $50!  All our memberships are a month to month term so you can cancel at anytime with no commitment or hassle!

Fill out the form to request your 1st class.  Adv. reservations only.  No walk-ins allowed. 

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6- week technique course

In each class we will work on a specific part of the snatch, clean, or jerk. We will cover one of the three main movements and the common problems most people may face during the lift. One or more corrective exercises will be performed each class to help remedy problems with movement and conceptualization of the lift. The class work will be progressive, covering exercises from a top down bottom up approach, every week we will alternate what exercise we are working on. If you need help with hip extension, utilizing the legs, posture, bar path, footwork, the receiving position ,etc., this class is for you. This is not an intro class, this is for people, regardless of strength level, who have some previous experience performing the snatch ,clean, and jerk and wish to work on better technique.

  • WHEN: Starts Jan 7th. Meets every Saturday @ 11am for 1 hour of dedicated instructions. 
  • COST: $125 with $25 discount now through 12/10. use code "earlybird1".  $150 thereafter.  Only 12 spots available.



All of our membership options are without any contracts or long term commitments.  Here's how it works! 

  • If you are just looking for the best facility to do your own workouts, chose OPEN GYM membership.
  • If you want to take our structured classes or have access to our coaches (they will coach you while you workout during the “coaching hours”, chose CLASS membership.
  • If you want to compete and be part of Takano Athletics Weightlifting Team, chose COMPETITION TEAM membership.
  • All monthly memberships include access to Open Gym which means you can come in and do what you want during non-class hours.
  • All of the monthly memberships are via an automatic payment system.  You will be charged every month on the same day of your purchase until you cancel.  Cancellation of the membership is your responsibility and there will be no refund once the automatic payment has been processed. To cancel, send an email request to at least 1 business day before your next billing date. 



$50 a month


Access to the facility during NON-CLASS times.  No access to classes or coaching.




Open gym access + access to coaches and our structured classes



$175 A MONTH


Takano Athletics Weightlifting team. If you want to compete, this is it. Full access to the facility and classes.






1 class drop-in for $30.  10-pack for $250. This can be used for Open Gym or classes.





  • Monday - Thursday: 6am - 8pm
  • Friday: 6am - 7pm
  • Saturday: 8am - 11:30am
  • Sunday: CLOSED

CLASS HOURs(see CALENDAR for times) 

  • Weightlifting: Open to all levels including beginners for "Intro" and "Barbell Strength" class. Coach(es) will be on the floor helping, assisting, and coaching you while you do the workout.
  • Olympic Weightlifting: Open workout time with a Coach(es) on the floor. Open to all levels including beginners.
  • Barbell Strength: 1 hour structured class focusing building strength and technique using all of the major lifts including bench, press, deadlift, squats, C&J, Snatch.  This class is for anyone looking to build overall strength and technique utilizing all of the lifts. Open to all levels.
  • Intro to Olympic Weightlifting: 1 hour structured class focusing on fundamental techniques of Olympic Weightlifting.  Open to all levels.
  • Technique Class: 6 week course with a specific start and end date.  You must purchase a special membership to attend this course.
  • Open Gym:  Access to the facility during NON-CLASS times.



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6036 Variel ave.

Woodland Hills, CA 91367 

Please note that we are located inside LYFE Fitness Complex