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Jay started his training career in 1998 after a weekend in Atlantic City attending a AAAI/ISMA conference. 

Since then he has been a PT at Equinox in NYC, Personal Training Manager at Big Al’s Family Fitness in Amityville, NY, Director of Athletics at the now defunct Gorilla Pit in Mentor, Ohio, Director of Operations and Head Strength Coach at Brewhouse Barbell in OKC, and now co-owner of Kansas City Barbell.

He has worked with thousands of clients from the ages of 13 to 70, with an emphasis on strength training and performance training. He was an assistant rugby coach for Mentor High School in Ohio, Albright College in Reading, PA, and Liberty High School in Liberty, MO.

In 2011 he was a speaker at the Denison University Strength and Conditioning Conference where he presented a topic on training considerations for pitchers. In the same year he was a keynote speaker at the Putting it all Together seminar, with Dan John, where he spoke about Strongman training for everyday fitness.

He competed in Strongman from 1999 through 2010 never finishing below third in any contest. He played Superleague Rugby for Old Blue finishing his career in 2009. Upon “retirement” from those two sports he competed in Powerlifting in local unsanctioned meets and also on the stage for Relentless Detroit and Relentless Minnesota which benefited the HopeKids foundation and raised money for children with life threatening illnesses.

He has two published e-books, has written for the Vitamin Shoppe magazine Muscle and Performance as well as published articles in Ironman and Muscle and Fitness.

He is currently the RPS Missouri State Chair and trains numerous competitive lifters as well as normal people who just love being stronger, feeling better, and being healthier.

jay ashman


EDUCATION:

Certifications:

PPSC Certified

ISSA Strength and Conditioning

NASM PES - Performance Enhancement Specialist

Precision Nutrition Level 1

American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED

AAS, Penn State University,
Reading, PA

Owner, Head Coach

In 2006, Sean hired a personal trainer because he had gained over 60# since graduating from college in 1995. His trainer started him off on the basic barbell lifts and mixed in a lot of accessories using dumbbells and kettlebells. Knowing that Sean is an attorney, his trainer asked him to incorporate a business which became his trainer’s new gym. After that, Sean became a founding member of the gym and he evolved into a gym rat: working out nearly every day, reading as many articles on strength and conditioning that he could find, and then he went to his first certification in May 2008. Sean began programming workouts and coaching at the gym shortly thereafter. 

Over the past 11+ years Sean has continued to hone his craft as a coach with a passion for helping others reach and exceed their goals. Sean opened his own gym in 2012 (which he sold in December 2017), and as the Head Coach, he did all of the programming for group classes, 1-on-1 clients and online clients which consisted of: strength, conditioning, gymnastics skill work, and he designed focused groups on Olympic Weightlifting, Powerlifting and Kettlebells, among many other things. Sean is adept at tailoring programs that challenge people of all fitness levels - from couch potatoes, to elite athletes, and everyone in between. Sean particularly likes programming for individuals who want to get stronger and “look better naked” but he considers his specialty to be complex barbell lifts.

Sean is an accomplished Powerlifter in both the Raw and Equipped disciplines of lifting. He has competed in Powerlifting meets since 2009 and holds numerous State and American Records in the 74kg and 83kg weight classes. He is a 4x Champion in the IPF Regional Championships of the North American Powerlifting Federation (83kg and 74kg classes), and he was the 2017 USA Powerlifting National Champion in the Equipped 74kg Masters class.

Sean was the Virginia State Chair of USA Powerlifting from 2013 to 2018, and is currently the Missouri State Co-Chair. He was also the Chairman of the USA Powerlifting Discipline Committee from 2015 to 2018, and has been the North American Representative to the IPF Ethics and Discipline Committee since 2015. 

Sean Dunston

Certifications:

USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach

USA Powerlifting Club Coach

USA Powerlifting National Referee

Crossroads Adaptive Athlete

CrossFit Level 1, Gymnastics, Kettlebells and Kids

American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED




education:

BA, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SANTA BARBARA, CA

JD, UNIVERSITY OF THE PACIFIC, SACRAMENTO, CA

Owner - Head Coach

Scotty Hall earned his USAW Level 1 when he studied and certified under USAW Senior International Coach Mike Gattone at the University of Memphis.

He went on to certify as a USAW L2 coach under USAW Senior International Coach Mark Cannella at Rogue headquarters in Columbus, Ohio.

He continued his education studying under USAW Senior International coach, and Chairman of the Board, CJ Stockel, in Alpharetta, Georgia.  In 2014 he studied under Olympic silver medalist Dmitry Klokov, in Little Rock Arkansas.

Scotty opened Hall Barbell and Fitness, in 2015, for one on one training and small group coaching, out of Premiere Athletix in Tupelo, MS. He then moved on to open FitLab Tupelo/Tupelo Barbell Club in 2018. This new facility was born of the desire to provide unparalleled coaching in a quality, supportive, and private training environment. He enjoyed great success and client satisfaction. 

At the Mississippi State High School championships, in 2017, he successfully coached Tyler Roberts to an overall third place win in the 198 class.  At this same competition he coached Dylan McGregor to the strongest 5A squat (680) as a 220 pound high school powerlifting athlete in the history of the State of Mississippi High School powerlifting championships. Dylan took 1st place and was awarded best lifter for his performance at this meet.  In 2018 Scotty coached Dylan to a WPA world record squat, and tota,l in the 16-17 year old division. Dylan is now a USAW Certified Coach and continues to study under Scotty's guidance. 

In 2019 Scotty successfully coached Brook Kirk through the MS State High School championships.  Her performance at this event earned her a powerlifting scholarship to Blue Mountain College where she continues her studies.

Scotty has worked with lifters from all walks of life and all ages.  

In 2016 Scotty held the Mississippi squat, bench, deadlift, and total records in both the USPA and APA Submaster 220 division. His APA records stand to this day.

Scotty Hall

Certifications:

USAW- Level 2 Coach 

CrossFit Level 1

American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED

Senior coach

Naomi may be new to the fitness industry as a personal trainer and nutrition specialist, but she has been in the fitness world for several years. 

Naomi studied Psychology at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri. After graduating from college in 2010, she spent the next few years traveling and fell in love with roller derby in 2012 while living in Pensacola, Florida.

She began playing competitive roller derby when she relocated to Tokyo, Japan, in 2013, where she played for the Zama Killer Katanas under the Tokyo Roller Girls Derby League.

In 2014, she caught a fellow teammates' wheel during a practice drill and broke her leg.

The recovery process was arduous and longer than expected. That is when she discovered the weight room and passion for training. At the time, she was 30 lbs overweight and going through a challenging time in her life. With hard work, dedication, and a personal trainer's help, she lost the weight and found an entire community that continues to motivate her today. 

Although she no longer skates, her love for roller derby and training has driven her to accomplish her personal goals.

This motivation has inspired her to obtain her NASM Personal Training Certification and Nutrition Specialist credentials in July 2020.

Naomi's goal is to inspire others to take the steps necessary to live happier, healthier lives while focusing on performance and strength goals to support daily living. She has been given the opportunity to put her skills to work with Kansas City Barbell and KC Nutrition and is a proud member of the LGBTQ community.

Naomi Brubaker

Certifications:

NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Nutrition Specialist

American Red Cross CPR/AED Certified

education:

Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Stephens College

Junior Coach

Alex is may be newer to coaching, but he's no stranger to fitness. Alex has been involved with fitness in some capacity over the past 15 years, but it wasn’t until 6 years ago that he started to take it seriously.

After being a skinny kid his entire life who struggled to put on any mass, he began selling beer after college and gained nearly 70 pounds. Upon having a “rock bottom” moment, he vowed to transform himself through better fitness and nutrition.

During his transformation journey, which saw him drop all of the weight he gained, Alex took a keen interest in nutrition and did his best to learn as much as he could. With the general amount of misinformation on the internet, he decided it was time to take things to another level and learn from a respected source, Precision Nutrition. This became the true start of Alex’s coaching career.

After becoming a Level 1 Certified Coach through Precision Nutrition in February 2017, he helped clients sustainably lose fat through nutrition alone. Alex decided to step up his game in October 2018 and registered to become a personal trainer. He achieved that designation in March 2019.

Instead of working for a big box gym, Jay and Sean have allowed Alex to hone his fitness coaching skills and knowledge at Kansas City Barbell. He looks forward to learning and implementing the proven methods Jay and Sean have developed to help each member of the gym achieve their goals.

Alex Andujar

EDUCATION:

Certifications:

NASM CPT - Certified Personal Trainer

Precision Nutrition Level 1

American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED

BS, Johnson & Wales University, Providence, RI

Junior Coach

Caitlyn has been an athlete her entire life, competing at the collegiate level in volleyball and track and field. While sports have been her passion for as long as she can remember, competing did not come without a price. The five knee surgeries she had over three years during college forced Caitlyn to take a serious look at her previous coaching and preparation as an athlete. While competing at a high level as a three-sport youth athlete, Caitlyn's training had little to no emphasis on strength, mobility, or injury prevention. She did not want any other athletes to experience what she had gone through, which ultimately led to her earning her BS in Exercise Science.

Shortly after finishing her undergraduate studies, Caitlyn received her Masters of Arts in Teaching with an emphasis on Physical Education. She became a certified teacher in Kentucky, hoping to use this career to begin coaching and impact as many young athletes as possible. After seven years of teaching, coaching, and training athletes, Caitlyn is currently the Physical Education teacher and multi-sport coach at St. Teresa's Academy.

Caitlyn's years of working with athletes in the weight room as a coach has earned her the position of Strength and Conditioning Coordinator at St. Teresa's, where she has run their Sports Performance Program for the last three summers. While this summer camp boasts numbers upwards of 100 athletes a day, she also works directly with specific teams to build strength and enhance physical conditioning while reducing injuries relating to their sport. Helping these young athletes achieve their goals and remain injury-free while being able to give them a strong female role model that performs in the weight room, the classroom, and on the court/field has been the highlight of her career.

Caitlyn started working out at Kansas City Barbell because she wanted a place where fitness-minded adults could train like athletes and not be disappointed. Learning from and training under professionals who have decades of experience is a dream come true. Having recently earned her CSCS, Caitlyn hopes to bring not only her passion for fitness but her education and experience as both a high level and injured athlete to help others achieve whatever their fitness goals may be.

Caitlyn Kogge

Certifications:

Missouri Professional Teaching Certificate: Physical Education and Health

NSCA CSCS- Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

TRX Suspension Trainer Level 1

American Red Cross Certified First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor

education:

BS, Georgetown College, Georgetown, KY

MAT, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY

Junior Coach

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