BIG MIKE JENKINS
Owner and Chief Motivator
Big Mike is our International Man of Mystery. We'll tell you more about him later.
Kristin has been active in some way for most of her life. She started in ballet when she was five years old, and trained until college where she picked up judo. After earning her black belt while training in Japan, she went on to place 4th in 2002 and 2nd in 2004 at Collegiate Nationals. During judo, Kristin was introduced to CrossFit, which eventually led her to compete in Olympic lifting, earning her a 3rd place finish at the American Open in 2010 and a 3rd place finish at Nationals in 2011. During this time, Kristin earned her elite total in the Southern Powerlifting Federation. After doing Olympic lifting for about 7 years, she decided to give Strongman a try. In strongman, she placed 4th at nationals in 2014, then going on to place 2nd at the Arnold World Championships in 2015.
Kristin has a Masters degree in medical sciences, is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA, and holds her CrossFit level 1 and USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach certifications.
Brandon helps people trust their bodies again. He works well with non-gym/fitness/unicorn folk since he was a late adopter himself of Weightlifting and CrossFit. He loves teaching Olympic-style weightlifting with a Mindful-approach to develop self-sufficiency in his students. He combines deep technical knowledge with emotional intelligence to create a fun and educational experience. He also loves blasting Enya while taking maximum lifts.
He majored in Philosophy at UC Riverside and is certified through the following fitness organizations: NSCA-CSCS, USA Weightlifting Level 2 AWSPC, FMS, Precision Nutrition, Trigger Point Performance, and can work with Pre/Post-Natal women.
As an athlete, Jay Itagaki tries very hard to be at best a mediocre athlete. Along the way he has made a ton of mistakes and learned from them so that those he coaches don't have to do the same. A soft-tissue therapist by trade, Jay incorporates his knowledge of the body and movement chain into his coaching in order to evoke the greatest positive change in athletes.
Jay received his Bachelor of Liberal Arts from Saint Mary's College of California and attended Mckinnon Body Therapy Center to study massage and bodywork. He is also a USAW Level 1 certified coach and a Certfied Eleiko Strength Coach.
Michael Leon (B.S. in Kinesiology, C.S.C.S, Eleiko certified) has been involved in Exercise Science for over 8 years and continues to be a lifetime athlete. Michael believes Technique, proper movement patterns, and safety are first and foremost. Training focuses target injury prevention, strength, and power development. Michael is meticulous, watching all movement from start to finish, analyzing how to improve a movement pattern/lift and remain injury free. Michael has experience working with youths, D1 college athletes, adults, and the elderly. His knowledge in program design is impeccable and will yield the results each individual is looking for.
I am a graduate from UC Berkeley and a former Division 1 Athlete with a major in Sociology, and have some background in physical therapy. I specialize in developing strength, conditioning, rehabilitating, and functional fitness programs for my clients.
As a personal trainer, I parallel strength and fitness to life and progress. I say this coming from personal experience because time and time again I had to fight my own battles with obesity, and I was not happy with how negatively my well-being was affected. This experience informs my understand of what’s necessary to obtain the results my clients seek. I believe it helps to be vulnerable in sharing our stories with others so they can work towards believing in themselves to make a lifestyle change. Whether it be strength, weight loss, or overall health and wellness, I’m confident that if we work together me as your coach in combination with your 203% effort in and outside of the gym we can get you where you want to be with time, patience, discipline, and commitment.
Fun fact: I’m also an Amateur Strongman Competitor, and future Powerlifter. I do this in order to continue competing as an athlete, and it keeps my on my toes to continue striving for my own personal goals. Let’s be LIVING PROOF!
Ed Johnson comes from a background of bodyweight movement from gymnastics, wrestling, and breakdancing for over 15 years. Ed started as and wrestler in high school and moved into competitive breakdance and travel around the world to compete at tournaments and host workshops. Started in 2008 coaching out of San Francisco, Ed was a program manager at a recreational Gymnastics school and continued learning more about human movement and performance. In 2013 Ed started coaching at San Francisco CrossFit under coaches such as Kelly Starett and Carl Paoli learning the basic of Strength and Conditioning. In late 2014, Ed than created a wrestling program at a local High School and began coaching and training in the sport of wrestling and continues to learn and educate in the fitness community.
Experiences include having his CrossFit Level 1, being a USA Gymnastics coach, a USA Wrestling Bronze Coach, and education in CrossFit Movement and Mobility and dance instruction.
Julie is a strength and conditioning coach, competitive powerlifter, and former collegiate rugby player. She has competed in USA Powerlifting for 3 years and won numerous regional and state competitions, including medaling at 2016 Raw Nationals and holding various California state records. She has experience coaching beginners, individuals, and teams and finds success through consistency, technique, and smart programming. Julie received her Bachelors degree in Psychology from UC Berkeley and is also NSCA CSCS certified.
OSCAR CHAPLIN III
Introducing Oscar Chaplin III, as the weightlifting coach for Speed Power Strength. Oscar has over 25 years of weightlifting experience at the highest levels. He has served as the Developmental Coach and the Community Program coach at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs while also coaching his own team of lifters who range from youth to master's.
15 time Junior and Senior National Champion.
At age 16 became the youngest American to snatch double body weight.
Made national records at every weight class he's competed in.
Still holds the record 166 kilo (365 lbs) snatch at a body-weight of 84 kilos (184 lbs)
Junior World Champion AND winner of the Best Lifter Award.
A 2-time Olympian competing in both the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games.
Inducted into the USAW Hall of Fame at the 2016 US Olympic team Trails.
Matthew O’Neill is a performance and injury biomechanics consultant operating out of Speed Power Strength in Oakland, as well as his own private practice in Pleasanton. Matthew holds a
master’s degree in movement science, which encompasses biomechanics, motor learning, and motor control, and is a published author in the field of biomechanics. He is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with over a decade of experience working with athletes of all levels, from youth and recreational sports to the highest levels of professional athletics. Additionally Matthew has a background in sports medicine, working for three years with the intercollegiate athletic department medical staff at UC Berkeley. By Combining his knowledge of the current methodologies of strength training and practices of sports medicine, and filtering them through the principles of biomechanics, Matthew provides a unique approach to performance training and injury resilience.