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Michaela Breeze MBE OLY is one of Britain’s most successful female weightlifters of all time.

Double Olympian
6 x Commonwealth Games Medals
Commonwealth Games Champion
British Record Holder
Commonwealth Games record holder in both the snatch and total
European Junior Champion 1999
Multiple European Medallist
Welsh Team Captain for 2010 Commonwealth Games
Technical Excellence Weightlifting Coach
Recipient of an MBE in 2011 for services to weightlifting

Since retiring from competition, Michaela now focuses her time helping others achieve their potential (and being a Mum of twins!!) Over the last 2 decades, Michaela has coached over 20 athletes to compete on the international stage, most recently, Ellie Pryor became Britain’s first ever Youth Olympian in the sport of Olympic Weightlifting. Coached by Michaela from the age of 11 years, Michaela has experience working with all ages and abilities from complete beginner through to elite athletes.

Michaela’s career hasn’t all been about the highs and great achievements, she has had to battle injuries and set backs. It is from these experiences that she has repeatedly fought back and each time become a stronger, more resilient athlete.

A great deal of the knowledge she now passes on through coaching is to make sure others avoid the many technical pitfalls and reduce the risk of injury, lessons Michaela has learned the hard way.

Michaela’s career spanned over 2 decades. In which time she represented Team GB at the Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

She won 6 medals over 4 consecutive Commonwealth Games as well as medals at European senior and junior and world junior level.  Michaela holds British and Commonwealth records across 2 weight categories.

Having competed most of her career in the 58kg and 63kg bodyweight categories, Michaela has snatched 94kg and 100kg and clean & jerked 120kg and 122kg respectively (101kg snatch and 123kg Clean & Jerk weighing just 64kg).  Michaela was awarded an MBE in the 2011 Queens Birthday Honours list.

Michaela prides herself on her own technical ability as well as that of those she coaches.

She is a firm believer on the importance of mastering the movements before loading. You can now learn directly from Michaela who now offers a variety of options from 1-1 and small group sessions to weekend and week-long training camps.  If traveling isn’t an option for you then you can benefit from one of Michaela’s many online video resources. There are options available to suit all ages and abilities.

In March 2020, Michaela also became a Mum to twin boys. When Michaela is not chasing after her twins, coaching and passing on her technical knowledge for the sport… Michaela freelances as a Sports commentator.  She also delivers motivational talks in schools and colleges across the country using her journey through sport as the vehicle to raise aspirations in young people.

Join my Team Breeze Academy

Pursue your desires and dreams and take from 2021 the ability to achieve all you want from the sport by becoming part of my unique and selective academy. Regardless of age, experience or ability, I work with individuals from all over the world, virtually, via zoom. My focus as a coach has changed – in part due to the challenges we have faced over the last couple of years regarding COVID-19. I have been so fortunate to work with so many incredible people from all over the world who just want to understand the Olympic lifts and to be able to move consistently, safely and efficiently – in order to optimise their own personal performance, at their own level.
Some of those I work with have aspirations to compete and others just want to feel confident enough to train in front of others.

Regardless of your aspirations, I can help you to improve the way you move with a barbell. My ‘Team Breeze Academy’ lifters are those who work with me on a weekly basis and who subscribe monthly to one of the following packages;

1:1 bespoke training with full individualised support

1:1 weekly 90- or 60-minute sessions

Weekly group sessions

Benefits of joining my Team Breeze Academy

  • Work with me directly on a regular basis to ensure you keep progressing in the right direction.
  • Increase and continually develop your confidence performing the snatch, cleans and jerk ,as well as all of the assistance exercises.
  • Learn how to get the most out of every session and really optimise your results on the platform.

If you are you looking to totally transform your lifting and take it to the next level, and to find out more about becoming part of my ‘Team Breeze Academy’, email me, or schedule a 15-minute discovery call to discuss options that would best suit your circumstances.

Please note: For my bespoke packages, I am taking on just 8 clients at any time to work with closely on a weekly basis.  This is a unique experience where I aim to take you from where you are currently, through to achieving everlasting results on a training and/or competition platform.  The term ‘plateau’ should be a thing of the past once you start to work with me.  All ages and abilities welcome.


I have been Olympic Weightlifting with Michaela for 9 years. Over the years I have competed at numerous International competitions such as the Youth Olympics 2018 and Youth Commonwealth Games 2014. Without Michaela and her special coaches eye I wouldn’t have achieved what I have thus far. Michaela is always working on improving my technique and from following her well-structured program my PB’s are continuously increasing. I feel privileged to have worked under Michaela’s support and guidance which will lead me to future success on the platform.

(Ellie Pryor, Team Breeze Lifter)

Having done weightlifting as part of my training for many years, it wasn’t until I started working on technical changes with Michaela that I started to really see noticeable improvements. Even the smallest of changes can have such a large increase in numbers over time. I made changes to my technique, saw the improvements in snatch, cleans and jerks while keeping my strength numbers ticking over. Without making these changes I would still be in the same position. If you are not sure about signing up with Michaela, I would 100% start today if you would like your weightlifting to progress. She doesn’t mess around, she gets to the point and helps you fix whatever needs fixing. She has a real eye for technical correction.

(Kath Joseph, Team Breeze Lifter)

Michaela Breeze stepped into my diving career at a very crucial moment, when it seemed like all that I know was changing. I worked with Michaela for a couple of years (don’t know how long exactly haha) and she was always extremely flexible and motivational throughout the whole process of my Olympic build-up. Someone to give advice and put me back together.

As my soft tissue therapist, I got a lot more than just getting “fixed” – I got someone that I could talk to and ask questions about elite sport because she had already been there and done it. Without Michaela’s support, my diving career would definitely have been more injury filled!

(Tom Daley, GB Diver)

Michaela knows what it takes to compete on an international stage, but is genuinely dedicated to sharing her knowledge and experience with people from all walks of life. Her expertise is complemented by a warmth and enthusiasm, that will inspire anyone who comes to work with her.

(Joanne Elphinston, Director, Elphinston Performance Ltd)

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