Barbell Medicine - From Bench to Bedside

Claire Zai

Barbell Medicine Coach, Competitive Powerlifter

About Claire

Claire is a powerlifting and strength coach in San Diego, CA. She has mentored a range of athletes, spanning from recreational fitness enthusiasts to competitive powerlifters. Claire specifically enjoys training women and focuses much of her time on women’s empowerment.

Claire received her bachelor’s degree in Physiology and Neuroscience from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2018. Simultaneously, she earned a master’s degree in Physiology working specifically with biomechanics and high-level athletes with amputations. She is involved in clinical and performance research and is currently applying to medical school to pursue her commitment to women’s empowerment, health, and education through science and medicine.

Claire is a lifelong athlete and nationally competitive powerlifter herself, and has been competing since 2018. Her most notable competitions include making the podium at 2019 Raw Nationals and placing first at the 2020 Arnold SBD Pro American in the 72 kg class. She holds multiple state records for powerlifting as well.

When not training or coaching, you can find Claire hiking up mountains to find a quiet place to read.

Powerlifting Bests

177.5 kg Squat, 115kg Bench, 200 kg Deadlift