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 - Partner / 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.

James Lee - Partner

With close to 20 years in the fitness and martial arts industry, James has taught, coached, and mentored clients and other trainers across the world from Los Angeles to Australia. After working as a trainer for many gyms in LA, he opened Team CrossFit ( in 2008 as one of the first CrossFit gyms in Southern California.  In 2014 he opened Takano Weightlifting with his long time weightlifting Coach and mentor - Bob Takano which is now considered the top Olympic Weightlifting gym in the country.   James has personally trained over 1000 clients and his passion for helping others has not stopped.  Along with general fitness training for weight loss,  muscle gain, or athleticism, James is an expert trainer in CrossFit, Olympic Weightlifting, and Krav Maga self-defense. He is a Level 2 CrossFit trainer with over 8 years of coaching experience and a 2nd Dan Black Belt in Krav Maga with train the trainer status for the biggest organizations in the world.



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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. EXCLUDES OPEN GYM HOURS. No walk-ins allowed. 

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Join Coach Lindsay on Sunday mornings at 9am for an hour of Olympic Weightlifting instruction specifically designed for women and CrossFitters!  Learn the proper techniques of the Snatch and the Clean & Jerk, how to fix common mistakes, and how to perform these lifts during your WOD more efficiently and safely to PR in your CrossFit workouts.  Most of all come have fun for an hour with other strong ladies in a supportive and fun environment!  Beginners are totally welcome!

  • WHEN: Starts Feb. 26th. Meets every Sunday @ 9am for 1 hour x 6 weeks of dedicated Olympic Weightlifting instructions.  6 sessions total.
  • COST: $150



BIG NEWS!! Starting Feb. we will be starting an OPEN GYM hour on Saturdays 11am - 4pm! To make it even better, Coach Takano himself will be on the floor to coach and help everyone! If you are not a member you can drop in for $30 OR buy our Open Gym membership for only $50 month!  YOU MUST PURCHASE A DROP IN OR A MEMBERSHIP BEFORE COMING INTO THE GYM. NO WALK-INS ALLOWED.


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 March 25th. Meets every Saturday @ 8:30am for 1 hour of dedicated instructions. 
  • COST: $125 with $25 discount now through 2/28. use code "earlybird1".  $150 thereafter.  


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 except on Saturdays 11 - 4pm.  This is Coach Takano's open gym session where he will be on the floor for everyone.



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 (4pm starting Feb.)
  • 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. No coaching except on Saturdays 11-4pm which is Coach Takano's open gym hours where he will be on the floor to help everyone.