About Lost Battalion Hall Weightlifting

The LBH women Elke Lohan, Jessica Carerro, and Beth Terranova with Coach Joe Triolo after winning "Best Women's Team" at the 2007 Metropolitan Open.

Established in 1962

In the sport of Olympic style weightlifting, Lost Battalion Hall (LBH) Weightlifting is renowned throughout the world as a breeding ground for champions. The only organized Olympic style weightlifting facility in the New York City Metropolitan area, it was established as an athletic program of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation at the Lost Battalion Hall rec center in 1962 by the late Morris Weissbrot. Since then, the weightlifting program has evolved from a few barbells in a cramped basement storage room to a spacious, modern weightlifting facility encompassing 1000+ square feet and boasting 6 weightlifting platforms, 2 power racks, 4 squat racks, 15 Olympic bars, and thousands of pounds of weights.

Our Members

Assistant coach and Masters lifter Len Bacino and coach Joe Triolo take a breather during training

The Lost Battalion Hall Weightlifting Team has active junior (up to 20 years old), senior (21-34 years old), and masters (35 years or older) programs for lifters. Several of our lifters have lifted and placed in national and international competitions. We accept all people of all ages and welcome new lifters. Come train with us!

For profiles of some of our team members and coaches and a complete team roster, click here.

Certified USAW Coaching

Assistant coaches Mike and John observe Oskar Novakovsky's form in the snatch.

Renowned for the quality of its coaching and the ardor of its weightlifters, the Lost Battalion Hall weightlifting program welcomes all persons interested in Olympic-style weightlifting. The Lost Battalion Hall Weightlifting Team embodies this proud tradition by providing a collegial and supportive atmosphere to train and compete. The team organizes weightlifting contests and competes in contests throughout the United States and the world. The team is a member of USA Weightlifting (USAW) and is coached by a USAW-certified coach, Joe Triolo, with over 25-years experience in the sport. Coach Triolo has developed and coached several national champions. Assistant coaches Jeff Scott, Jerry Dunne, and Len Bacino have trained all levels of lifters.

Member of the Metropolitan Weightlifting Association

Lost Battalion Hall Weightlifting is part of the Metropolitan Weightlifting Association (MWA), which hosts four weightlifting contests a year at Lost Battalion Hall. Athletes from the New York Metropolitan and Tri-State areas, USA, Canada, and all over the world participate in these competitions. The MWA, in conjunction with the NYC 2012 Olympic Committee, hosted the USA 2002 National Weightlifting Championships. And it is noteworthy that the MWA is composed mostly of Lost Battalion Hall Weightlifting members. Lost Battalion Hall is one of several teams that belong to the MWA. The MWA fosters the sport of Olympic weightlifting in New York City and the greater New York Metropolitan area.

The Lost Battalion Hall Weightlifting Team has sponsored International Weightlifting Tournaments. Most recently, our brother team across the pond, the Kilwinning Weightlifting Team, lifted at the 2006 Senior Metropolitan Weightlifting Championships.