Sean is the head coach and owner of Waxman’s Gym. He’s been a professional coach for nearly 25 years, a national-level competitive weightlifter, and a graduate-level student of kinesiology and biomechanics. Since opening Waxman’s Gym in 2010, Sean has developed more than a dozen national-level weightlifters including six national medalists, one national champion, a Pan Am Championship team member, a World Championship team qualifier, and has coached top CrossFit Regionals and Games athletes. When not developing competitive weightlifters and crossfitters, Sean works with athletes of all skill levels from a wide range of sports to help them develop great strength and power. Sean also has a great passion for helping other coaches learn to teach/coach weightlifting. Sean is the former President of the Southern California chapter of USA Weightlifting and current President of the LWC President’s Advisory Council to USA Weightlifting.
Want to pick Sean’s brain? Schedule a private consult with him.
Juan has been involved with weightlifting for nearly 30 years, initially as a competitor for Cuba and for the past 15 years as a coach in Cuba, Mexico, and now the United States. Juan has a degree in physical education from Cuba with a specialty in Olympic Weighltifting. He also furthered his weightlifting education under leading Russian and Cuban coaches. From 1996-2002, he coached the Cuban junior team, identifying and developing talent ranging in age from 14-20 years old. During this time he coached several lifters to gold medals at the Pan American Junior Championships and was later named National Vanguard Coach of the Year (2003). In 2004, he was hired as an international coach for Mexico, working with the Junior team from Baja California. In Mexico, Juan’s lifters excelled in both national and international competition, racking up over 100 medals including gold and silver at Junior Pan Americans and the Central American/Carribean Games. He and his lifters have participated in the World Junior Championships and the World University Championships. Juan has been in the United States since 2012 and began working with the Waxman’s Gym competition team in 2013. His goal with the team is to develop athletes that qualify for and earn medals in national and international competition. He’s also very interested in recruiting and developing younger athletes to participate in weightlifting.
With more than 35 years of weightlifting experience, Jorge is a multi-time national champion and national record-holder for Nicaragua. In addition to competing in dozens of international competitions for Nicaragua, Jorge has experience training with Russian, Cuban, and Polish teams. Since 2010, Jorge has been training with and competing for Waxman’s Gym. During this time, he’s become Pan American Masters Champion and a Pan American record holder. While he has always been selfless in sharing his time and knowledge with athletes at our gym, we are thrilled to now have Jorge join us as an official member of our coaching staff.
Sam holds a bachelors degree in kinesiology with a focus on exercise science. He received his first USAW coaching certification from Sean years ago and has been immersed in weightlifting ever since. Sam has experience as an assistant coach for a local USAW club where he’s worked with national-level lifters and helped coach at local and national meets. Sam also teaches weightlifting (and more) at a local Crossfit. Previously, Sam has been a strength coach intern at Cal State, an assistant strength coach at an elite prep school in Los Angeles, and the very first weightlifting coach intern under Hall of Fame weightlifting coach, Bob Takano. Inspired in part by Sam’s own experience countering and overcoming cerebral palsy, Sam’s long-term goal is to work as a strength and conditioning coach with Paralympic and collegiate athletes.Sam’s specialties include teaching weightlifting technique to beginners and groups.
Lindsay has trained and coached with Sean Waxman for more than 7 years. She is also the head Strength and Conditioning Coach for Marlborough School in Los Angeles where she is responsible for eleven varsity sports and the middle school athletic program. Lindsay has over a decade of coaching experience with a wide variety of athletes from youth to Olympic gold medalists. Her specialty is coaching groups and teams, as well as teaching barbell movements and Olympic weightlifting to beginner athletes, crossfitters and fellow coaches. Prior to coaching, Lindsay earned her degree in Exercise Science at Willamette University, where she competed in basketball.
John is a special advisor to the Waxman’s Gym weightlifting team.