Meet The Faces Behind Spartan Barbell

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We are Joe and Samantha Todd, the proud owners of Spartan Barbell.

We look forward to sharing our story and hope that you will enjoy getting to know us better.

Samantha and I both grew up playing sports, and our passion for competition and training inspired us to become coaches. Samantha has been personal training/coaching for just over six years, and I have been personal training/coaching for almost ten years.

Five years ago, I trained Samantha for her first powerlifting competition. It took me a little more time, but I competed in my first competition about a year later. We were immediately hooked. We wanted to share our love for powerlifting with other lifters who were looking to get started, or continue their progress in the sport, so we started Spartan Barbell.

When we first started, we had a much smaller team and contracted out of a local commercial gym doing mainly small group training. Now, our crew has more than tripled in size, and we have moved into a facility of our own. We also do remote training and coach athletes in several different states, and in other countries.

Our mission was and still is, to educate, equip, and empower our athletes to achieve their goals. To accomplish this vision, we use innovative and individualized programming to give our athletes the tools they need to train, gain, and conquer the platform.

I believe what sets us apart from the others is our patience and perseverance, which enables us to achieve results consistently. I also attribute our success to the relationships we build with our athletes. We really try to go the extra mile for our Spartan family, and that trust in us, and our process pays dividends on the platform. Even though powerlifting is an individual sport, at Spartan Barbell, we are a family, and Samantha and I have set that example from day one.

One of the most rewarding things about owning our business is when our athletes’ reactions when they travel and workout at other places. They all come back and tell us how happy they are to lift “at home” because no other gym has the same atmosphere and equipment. It feels good to know that all the hard work we put into creating a unique space for our athletes is appreciated.

We also love working with our athletes at meets. We know firsthand how much effort they put in on a daily basis and being there from start to finish creates a special bond. Knowing that we played a part in their success on meet day is priceless.

Last August, at the end of a meet, one of the Colorado competition directors, waved Samantha, and me over and gave us a sizable promotional banner to take back to our gym. He said, “I wanted to give you guys this because of what you mean to this sport. Spartan Barbell shows out at every meet, and your lifters always set the bar. Powerlifting in Colorado wouldn’t be the same without you guys.”

It meant a lot to us, and we realized just how much of an impact we were having on the sport. 

We pride ourselves on using lifting as a tool to teach and empower our athletes and to help develop character in the gym. These traits can be utilized not just for competition but for life in general. 

When we are not training others, Samantha and I also compete, so we spend a fair amount of time working out. However, when we’re away from the gym, we love spending quality time with our daughter and also going on hikes.

We have enjoyed sharing our story and giving a bit of glimpse into why Spartan Barbell is so special to us.

If you or someone you know is interested in powerlifting, strength training, and training is a world-class facility and environment, I invite you to get in touch. Please visit our website at


Joe and Samantha Todd