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. Praxis operates like the old-school weightlifting gyms of eastern Europe. With platforms set around the walls of the gym, our coaches can easily see everyone who is lifting. There are real wood platforms, competition and rubber bumper plates, olympic barbells with great spin (Eleiko competition, Eleiko training, Werksan competition, Werksan training, York, and American Barbell), squat racks, pull blocks, jerk blocks and lots of chalk.
Praxis Olympic Weightlifting is the home of Team Praxis, who compete in the Olympic sport of weightlifting on the local, national, and international level. Praxis offers programs designed for all levels.
Praxis has trained and contributed to the success of hundreds. Our athletes travel to us from Idaho, Logan, and southern Utah to perfect their weightlifting technique. Our team also includes lifters who follow our coaching and programming while training remotely out of state. We have a strong, steady, past with a reputation for being strict, critical, perfectionists. Praxis is pretty simple. We train hard. We take the Olympic lifts seriously. Join us if you have lofty goals and dedication.
Praxis is located in Salt Lake City Utah. 801.440.7699 (call or text)
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. 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 and host for most Utah competitions for over a decade. She has since served as the meet director for the country’s most premier events; USAW Senior National Championships in 2014, USAW National University Championships in 2015, and USAW Senior National Championships & Olympic Team Trials in 2016. She was part of the Organizing Committee as the Field of Play Coordinator for the 2017 IWF World Championships in Anaheim, California. She will serve as meet director and host for Masters American Championships in SLC, November 2018.
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.