To develop athletes in the sport of weightlifting, and to use the principles of weightlifting training to enhance sports performance, strength, and fitness in people of all ages and abilities. Our focus is training athletes and those individuals looking to make long term changes to their health and improving their quality of life. Pinnacle Weightlifting provides an environment that emphasizes individual goals and needs with personalized programming and coaching to help you attain your goals.
Jackie Berube-Black was an Academic All-American gymnast at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse. She also competed one year on the varsity men’s wrestling team in the 118 pound weight division. After college she wrestled on the USA Women’s National Wrestling Team and won a silver medal at the World Championships in 1996. In 1998 while working as a strength and conditioning coach at Northwestern University she shifted her focus to weightlifting, which became an official sport for women at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. Berube-Black ruptured her quad tendon when a weight fell on her leg just prior to the 2006 World Weightlifting Championships. Just days later she traveled to the Dominican Republic were she competed and finished 11th. Berube-Black had surgery to repair the quad rupture shortly after arriving back in the US. Her first international competition following her surgery was the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Currently she teaches part time at the National Personal Training Institute in Colorado Springs and is the owner of Pinnacle Weightlifting and sports Performance.
- Master’s of Science – Biology – Exercise Physiology, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
- Bachelor’s of Science – Exercise Science, University of Wisconsin – La Crosse
- Bachelor’s of Science – Community Health Education, University of Wisconsin – La Crosse
- NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
- Member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
- USA Wrestling Bronze Certified Coach
- USA Weightlifting National Level Coach
- Former Strength and Conditioning Coach, Northwestern University
- Nationally registered Emergency Medical Technician
- Colorado State Certified Emergency Medical Technician
- Past Member of the US National Weightlifting Team
- Alternate US Olympic Weightlifting Team 2004, 2008 and 2012
- Member of the 2007 Pan American Game Team
- Current American record holder in the Clean and Jerk and Total
- Six Time National Weightlifting Champion
- 2005 Pan American Champion
- Served on the USA Wrestling Board of Directors 1998-2008
- Past member of the Women’s National Wrestling Team
- Placed second at the 1996 World Wrestling Championships
- Academic All-American
- Four year varsity gymnast at the University of WI – La Crosse
- One year varsity Wrestler at the University of WI – La Crosse
Aaron Black got his start in fitness while working out for high school football. Upon graduation he joined the United States Air Force. While serving he became interested in boxing and MMA fighting. He trained for several years in both of these disciplines. While stationed in Korea he stumbled upon the sport of Rugby and was immediately hooked on the sport.
After Korea he was stationed in Italy for 4 years were he played for the local team and than joined the Air Force Rugby Team. He was than transferred to Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs. It is here that he became involved in Olympic Weightlifting. After training for several years he fell in love with the sport and he decided to start getting more involved in coaching. Aaron Black has been coaching Olympic lifting since 2010. He started his coaching career under Jackie Berube-Black a seven time National Champion and current American Record holder in the Clean and Jerk and the Total. Aaron has also coached alongside Olympic Champion Zygmunt Smalcherz the current US Olympic Training Center Coach and National Team Coach.
Aaron has also completed an internship with former Olympic Coach and Hall of Fame coach Bob Takano. Aaron has also combined his knowledge of Rugby and Olympic Weightlifting and has been training athletes in rugby specific strength and conditioning. Aaron is currently a USA Weightlifting National Level Coach and co-owner of Pinnacle Weightlifting and sports Performance. He is looking forward to helping Pinnacle Athletes reach the peak of their potential as competitive weightlifters or elite athletes within their sports.
- USA Weightlifting National Level Coach
- IKFF Level 1
- Crossfit Level 1
- USA Rugby Level 200 Coach
- Member of All Air Force Rugby Team
- Air Force PTL- Physical Training Leader
- Member of NSCA
- CPR/AED Certified