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!


Lorie Blair, CFO

MS, CSCS, USA Weightlifting Level 3 National Coach, USA Weightlifting National Referee, USA Hockey Level 4 Coach


Lorie Blair

Coach Blair earned her Master Degree from Bridgewater State University in Strength and Conditioning. She was a Division I full scholarship Ice Hockey athlete and Captain at Providence College where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. Coach Blair is the Head Assistant Coach for Robinson Weightlifting, as well as the CFO of RWL Weightlifting, Inc. She is a faculty member at Bridgewater State University teaching in the Strength and Conditioning and Sports Fitness Programs

  • CFO ~ RWL Weightlifting, Inc.
  • Head Assistant Coach, Robinson Weightlifting
  • Coach, RWL Weightlifting, Inc.
  • Head Coach, RWL FIT KIDS
  • Visiting Lecturer, Bridgewater State University
  • USA Weightlifting Level 3 National Coach
  • USA Weightlifting National Referee
  • USA Hockey Level 4 Coach
  • NSCA – Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • RWL Weightlifting Certified
  • CrossFit Level 1 Certified
  • CrossFit Kids Certified

Jason Sawyer, PhD.  USA Weightlifting Level 2 Coach


    • Coach, RWL Weightlifting, Inc.
    • Assistant Coach, Robinson Weightlifting
    • USA Weightlifting, Level 2
    • RWL Weightlifting Certified
    • NSCA – Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
    • Assistant Professor, Westfield State University

Stephanie Baker, MS, USA Weightlifting Level 2 Coach

Stephanie Baker

    • Coach, RWL Weightlifting, Inc.
    • Assistant Coach, Robinson Weightlifting
    • Visiting Lecturer, Bridgewater State University
    • USA Weightlifting Level 2 Coach
    • USA Weightlifting Local Referee
    • CrossFit Level 1 Certified

Jim Lambert, USA Weightlifting Level 1 Coach

Jim Lambert

    • Coach, RWL Weightlifting, Inc.
    • USA Weightlifting Level 1 Coach
    • USA Weightlifting Local Referee
    • RWL Weightlifting Certified


Laura Miller, MS, CSCS, LAT

Laura MillerLaura attended Bridgewater State University earning a Masters in Strength and Conditioning, where she was a hand picked Graduate Assistant in the department of Strength and Conditioning working directly with Dr. Robinson. BSU is where she was first introduced to the sport of Olympic Weightlifting. During her time in the program she held internships at The College of The Holy Cross and with the Summer Jacked On The Hill program where she coached professional, division I NCAA, high school and middle school athletes. She obtained her Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training from Bridgewater State University where she worked with Division III and high school athletes during her clinical rotations. During undergrad she was a member of the Women’s Rugby Football Club and was vice president of the club her second year with the team. Before she began her master’s program, and prior to joining the Robinson Weightlifting team, Laura was a nationally qualified figure competitor with the National Physique Committee. She is currently the head athletic trainer at West Bridgewater Middle-Senior High School.

    • Coach, RWL Weightlifting, Inc.
    • Head Athletic Trainer, West Bridgewater Middle-Senior High School
    • MS – Strength and Conditioning, Bridgewater State University
    • Athletic Trainer Certified – NATA
    • MA Licensed Athletic Trainer
    • NSCA – Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
    • USA Weightlifting Certified Local Referee
    • RWL Weightlifting Certified

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