Jeff began Olympic Weightlifting at the age of 10 in his home basement gym. Jeff's father, Dr. Michael Wittmer, a former National level competitor himself had Jeff begin lifting weights to improve his ability in other sports. After a few months of training Jeff decided to enter his first meet and from there he had continued success by winning his first 50 competitions. After winning multiple Jr. Nationals after high school graduation he accepted an invitation to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO. He continued to compete throughout his mid-20s with success in national and international competitions. Jeff earned his Bachelor Degree in Marketing and is currently works as an Operations Supervisor at an IT System Integration company based in St. Louis, MO. Jeff also has taught weightlifting classes at local Crossfit gyms and serves as an instructor/demonstrator for Olympic Weightlifting seminars across the country.