JDI Barbell was founded to offer serious strength athletes in New York City a place to call home. Over the last four years, it has grown into so much more. 

Although we are home to some very high-level weightlifters and powerlifters, we also work with and develop beginner better than any other barbell club or strength gym in New York City. 


New JDI members are immediately connected with other members of varying skill levels. More importantly, our coaches provide high-level instruction on site. We believe that great systems of coaching form a foundation for the quickest, most effective progress.


Our qualified staff are here to help you perform to your best ability. Get to a little bit more about our team and how we can help you achieve your goals.

Jesse Irizarry

CSCS, USAW Level 1 Coach

Jesse is a co-owner and the founder of JDI Barbell. He is a former D1 Strength and Conditioning Coach and was mentored by Bill Gillespie and Dave Williams, two of the few CSCCa master strength coaches. He has over ten years experience coaching and has competed in both Olympic Weightlifting and Powerlifting.

Alex Hall

Coach, CSCS, SFN

Alex is a co-owner of JDI Barbell, a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and a Specialist in Fitness Nutrition. He has over a decade of experience in various strength disciplines, including bodybuilding, powerlifting, cross training, and weightlifting. He coaches Strength Groundwork and Powerlifting.

Jean Laguerre Jr.


Jean is a National Level Olympic weightlifter and Powerlifter. He is a certified Eleiko Strength Coach and USAW Instructor. He has over 10 years of weight training experience ranging from bodybuilding, Powerlifting, Olympic Weightlifting, and Crossfit. Jean coaches Weightlifting Foundations, Weightlifting, and Powerlifting.

Kenny Bretania


Kenny is a competitive Olympic weightlifter and a certified USAW Instructor. He has over a decade of athletic experience including 5 years of competitive Olympic weightlifting, 4 years as a competitive athlete in Taekwando, and 1 year of Crossfit. Kenny is the head coach for Weightlifting Foundations.

Amanda Molnar


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JDI Barbell is in Manhattan! We are located in East Harlem, steps away from the 4,5,6 trains, and a 5 minute walk from the 2 and 3 trains.

1767 Park Ave.

Bsmnt Level

New York, NY 10035



(917) 388-3846