Dr. Ellyn Robinson, President & Founder



USA Weightlifting-Level 5 International Coach,

IWF Category I Referee

Dr. Robinson earned her doctorate degree in Physical Education/Exercise Physiology from Springfield College where she had a full time Doctoral Fellowship in the Department of Exercise Science and Sports Studies. She also received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Physical Education (Exercise Science) from Bridgewater State College, with additional significant studies at Hunter College, California State University at Los Angeles, and The University of Massachusetts at Boston. She is one of the most sought after Olympic Weightlifting and Strength and Conditioning experts in the world, and has competed, taught, coached and lectured all over the world.

Dr. Robinson worked at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston in Cardiovascular and Nuclear Medicine as a Clinical Cardiac Exercise Physiologist, and taught classes at Eastern Nazarene College, Springfield College and Quincy College before joining Bridgewater State University in September 2000, where she is currently the Director of the Masters of Science Degree Program in Strength and Conditioning.

Dr. Robinson was named in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, 2000.

She is recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach (RSCC) as well as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach, Recertified with Distinction, Education Recognition Program Director, Women’s Firsts in NSCA History, and was awarded the 2007 National Strength and Conditioning Association Educator of the Year.

In 2007-2008 she was honored with The Bridgewater State University Presidential Fellowship Award.

Dr. Robinson is the Head Coach of Robinson Weightlifting coaching at all levels, including the international level, and is a competitive weightlifter herself.  Dr. Robinson has held many American and New England records in Olympic Weightlifting. She has won multiple Gold medals at the Master’s Pan American Games (2006, 2007, 2008, 2013 (silver)) and Gold medals at the World Master’s Weightlifting Championships (2007, 2008, 2011 {silver}, 2012).

Dr. Robinson was determined that she could do more – and she became the Founder of RWL Weightlifting, Inc., charting her course to “Build Strong PEOPLE Through Weightlifting”. She is very actively involved with scholarly research, extensively published, and is currently working on a line of research with children, weightlifting, and technology. Other research areas include; the quantification of power in the Olympic lifts, as well as the role of anxiety on the platform.


Dr. Ellyn Robinson

  • Founder and President RWL Weightlifting, Inc.
  • Professor, Bridgewater State University
  • Head Coach Robinson Weightlifting
  • Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist, Re-certified with Distinction – CSCS*D
  • NSCA Registered Strength & Conditioning Coach – RSCC
  • USA Weightlifting Level 5 International Coach
  • International Weightlifting Federation Category I International Referee
  • Certified USA Weightlifting Regional Coach
  • Certified USA Weightlifting Senior Coach
  • Certified USA Weightlifting Club Coach
  • Certified USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach
  • Certified National Personal Trainer
  • Certified Sport Yoga Instructor
  • Certified CrossFit Level 1

Women’s Firsts in NSCA History

The National Strength and Conditioning Association features the women that were “first” to pave the way for other females in the strength and conditioning industry.  They are a very important part of the history of the NSCA and provide an example for other females in the industry to follow.  Dr. Ellyn Robinson was the first female to receive Educator of the Year Award in 2007!



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