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Professor Emeritus

Biomechanics and Physics

Dr. John Garhammer is currently a Professor Emeritus and former Director of the Biomechanics Laboratory in the Department of Kinesiology at California State University, Long Beach.  He received his Doctorate in Kinesiology from UCLA with specialization in Biomechanics and Exercise Physiology.  He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and Certified Persona Trainer by the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA), and was awarded Fellow stats in the American College of Sports Medicine in 1981.  Dr. Garhammer served as Vice-President for Basic and Applied Research of the NSCA from 1989-1991.  He is the author of the book, Sports Illustrated Strength Training, and has had over 90 articles and chapters on biomechanical and strength training topics published in textbooks and technical and popular journals.



3-Time Olympian and World Record Holder

Owner of Haworth Weightlifting

Cheryl Haworth is a three-time Olympian and medalist, world record holder and 11-time consecutive national champion in the sport of weightlifting. She earned her Olympic bronze medal in the Sydney 2000 Games which was the first time women were allowed to compete in weightlifting at the Olympics. Haworth is a Pan-American Champion, two-time Jr. World Champion and was recently inducted in the United States Weightlifting Hall of Fame. She still holds all the American Junior, Senior and Pan American Records in the Super-heavyweight category. These records have stood, unchallenged for almost two decades.

For the past three years Cheryl has been coaching athletes full-time who are looking to get stronger, more efficient and/or compete in the sport of weightlifting. Her team, Haworth Weightlifting, range in ages from 9 to 50+ and represent countries such as the Philippines, Ireland, France, Australia, Hong Kong, Finland, Canada and of course, The United States. After recently relocating back to her home state of Georgia from Hong Kong, Cheryl is looking to continue sharing her vast experience in the sport with the local community.



Doctor of Chiropractic

Founder of The Institute for Spine and Sports Care in Santa Monica, CA

Dr. Brendan Murray has specialized as a sports injury chiropractic physician for 20 years. His ability to help patients of all fitness levels Get Back in the Game…Fast™ results from advising top-tier athletes. Dr. Murray is a team doctor and Co-Chair of the Medical Board for the U.S.A. Olympic Weightlifting Team. USA Weightlifting is the national governing body for Olympic Weightlifting in the United States.

When doctors want to obtain an advanced degree in sports medicine, they learn from Dr. Murray. He teaches in the Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician and Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians post-graduate programs at the Southern California University of Health Sciences. Dr. Murray brings his focus on education to every patient, taking the time to make a correct diagnosis and personalized plan for fast recovery.

Dr. Murray earned his Doctor of Chiropractic from Cleveland Chiropractic College Los Angeles in 1988 and the Diplomate American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians designation from the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians™ in 1995. He founded The Institute for Spine and Sports Care in Santa Monica in 2006.



2-Time Olympian and 2000 Olympic Gold Medalist

USA Weightlifting Hall of Fame

Tara Nott Cunningham began her athletic career as a gymnast at the age of 4.  While competing in gymnastics for 9 years she also found time to play other sports.  During high school Tara lettered in multiple sports (basketball, soccer, volleyball) and received a full soccer scholarship to play Division 1 soccer at Colorado College, in Colorado Springs CO where she started for 4 years.  After graduating with a degree in World Political Economy Tara put her athletic experience and international degree to work at the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games (ACOG) helping to plan and organize the 1996 Olympic Games.  While working for ACOG Tara was introduced to the sport of weightlifting and began training in the sport.  In 1997 she was invited to the Olympic Training Center to be part of the first women’s resident training program. 


  • 2-time Olympian, 2000 Olympic Gold Medalist (48kg), first ever Gold medal awarded for women at the Games

  • 7-time national champion and multiple American record holder

  • 8-time World Team Member

  • 2-time Pan Am Games Gold medalisTt

  • Hall of Fame inductee: USA Weightlifting, Kansas Hall of Fame and Colorado College Hall of Fame



2-Time Olympian and Junior World Champion

USA Weightlifting Hall of Fame

Oscar Chaplin III has over 25 years of weightlifting experience at the highest levels. He served as the Developmental Coach and the Community Programs at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs while also coaching his own team of lifters. He is currently a weightlifting coach for the Anderson/Cohen Weightlifting Center in Savannah, GA.  Chaplin has experience coaching everyone from youth to masters. He enjoys working with motivated lifters of all levels, and has an excellent eye for helping lifters adjust their form.


  • 2-time Olympian, 2000 (Beijing, China) and 2004 (Athens, Greece)

  • 15 time Junior and Senior National Champion

  • Youngest American to snatch double body weight

  • Previously held national records in each weight class competed in

  • Junior World Champion and Best Sinclair Lifter, 2000 Junior World Championships

  • National record holder for 166kg snatch

  • Olympic Training Resident athlete

  • Competed and medaled in over 21 countries

  • USAW Hall of Fame