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Our story

Olympic Weightlifting helped bring Centre City Gym into existence. Owner, Ed Puopolo got into the sport in the 70s and competed locally and nationally for almost 2 decades. After traveling to other gyms and a lack of local places to train Ed decided to open his own facility. 

 Thus, the team was born. Throughout the late 80s and early 90s a multitude of great lifters trained here. World level athletes like Lauren Andrews and of course Ed. They trained under the guidance of Dennis Reno a USAW legend. The early 2000s saw a lull in the sport but Ed's son Dominic and a few others kept the CCG weightlifting team alive. In the 2010's an influx of athletes came into the sport and back to our platforms. Since then, the weightlifting team has been highly competitive in local meets and even earned a national medal from team member Dominic. Under the coaching and guidance of Ed CCG weightlifting has built a solid foundation of lifters with sound technique and incredible potential. CCG Weightlifting made it official in 2020 by registering as an official USAW club. The club has multiple certified USAW coaches and has recently upgraded and expanded the lifting area. CCG Weightlifting continues to grow and welcome any athletes who are looking to compete to join!

meet the coaches

A man with over 40 years of experience in the sport. A certified USAW coach and a certified strength and conditioning specialist. Ed has developed both strength athletes and weightlifters and continues to grow and learn. Additionally, Ed writes personalized programs that are completely customized for you, where you are at in your training and what your long term goals are. Ed's custom programs are an additional fee.


ED Puopolo


dom Puopolo

Growing up in the gym means Dom has been lifting and learning since he was extremely young. He competed in his first weightlifting meet at just 15 years old. Dom holds the New England Weightlifting records in the snatch, clean and jerk, and total for his weight class. A USAW certified coach with over 15 years of experience in the sport, Dom brings his knowledge to the training hall to help athletes progress technically and reach their weightliftng goals.

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