Praxis Olympic Weightlifting Center was opened in 2008 by 2-time Masters World Champion and 4-time Masters National Champion Debbie Millet. Praxis is the longest-running weightlifting program in the state of Utah and has a national reputation for being run with integrity, professionalism and experience. The face of Praxis has changed over the years to meet the needs of the weightlifting community in Utah. Currently, Praxis Weightlifting offers training based on approval in West Valley City and in South Jordan, Utah. Praxis offers USAW coaching clinics, beginner class instruction, and private training.
Team Praxis is the USAW sanctioned amateur club that includes athletes throughout the state of Utah and across the country. Team Praxis accepts athletes from beginner to elite weightlifters upon approval by Coach Debbie Millet. Athletes are invited at the invitation of Coach Millet to train together as a team in perfecting technique and developing toward elite competition. Coach Millet travels with her athletes to coach them at local, national and international events.
Praxis has trained and contributed to the success of hundreds. Our athletes have traveled to us from Idaho, Logan, southern Utah, California, Texas and Colorado to perfect their weightlifting technique. We have a strong, steady, past with a reputation for being strict, critical, perfectionists. Praxis is pretty simple: We believe in training hard and smart. We take the Olympic lifts seriously. Contact us if you have lofty goals and dedication.
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Debbie Millet, MS, CCC-SLP, USAW-2
Debbie is a neuro-specialty speech language pathologist working with adults after brain injury and stroke in a trauma hospital. A former figure skater and dancer in school, she discovered the Olympic sport of weightlifting at age 38. Competing in the sport, she set records on the state level, won 4 Master’s National Championships, 2 Master’s World Championships, and competed at 2 Senior American Open competitions after the age of 40. She was sponsored by Weider and Proform and worked with Olympian Michael Cohen to develop a beginner weightlifting DVD program for use in the home.
Debbie has been a tireless advocate for the sport both in the state of Utah and nationally. She developed the Utah weightlifting board of directors and served as the president of USAW’s Utah LWC (Local weightlifting committee) for 5 years, growing the sport in Utah from less than 100 to over 500 athletes and bringing the first national competitions to Utah. Debbie is a USAW National Coach and USAW coaching educator. She has helped develop coaches, teams, programs and individual athletes. She served as meet director for Utah competitions for nearly 15 years. She has served as the director for the country’s most premier events: USAW Senior National Championships in 2014, USAW National University Championships in 2015, USAW Senior National Championships & Olympic Team Trials in 2016, Howard Cohen American Masters Championships 2018, USA Masters National Championships 2019 and 2022, and USAW American Open Finals 2010. She was part of the Organizing Committee as the Field of Play Coordinator for the 2017 IWF World Championships in Anaheim, California.
Her current projects include the development of athletes, the development of Utah coaches, the Utah High School weightlifting program, and continued work in bringing national and international events to Utah.