MEET THE COACHES
Owner and Head Coach
USA Weightlifting National Coach
Emmy began weightlifting under the tutelage of Bob Takano in 1996 to help improve her performance in track & field where she was a scholarship athlete. She quickly developed a love for the sport and began competing. Within a short period of time she became one of the top female weightlifters in the United States and earned a spot as a Resident Athlete at the Olympic Training Center. Emmy had the opportunity to learn from several coaches at the Olympic Training Center and Northern Michigan University including Lyn Jones, Bob "No Mercy" Morris, Lisa Brien, & Ma Jianping. Her approach to coaching and programming can be considered a hybrid of these coaching philosophies.
Emmy competed at the national and international level for eleven years and served on the USA Weightlifting Board of Directors as the United States Olympic Committee Athlete Advisory Council Representative for 8 years (2008-2016). Since her retirement as an athlete in 2008, Emmy's coaching career includes leading dozens of athletes to national competitions and 6 to international competitions.
Best Competition Lifts (90kg+): 107kg Snatch, 142kg Clean & Jerk, 249kg Total
3X Olympic Team Trials Participant
Pan Am Games Silver Medalist
World Championship Team Member
2X University World Championships Silver Medalist
Pan Am Championships Multiple Gold, Silver & Bronze Medalist
U.S. National Championships Multiple Gold, Silver & Bronze Medalist
American Open Championships Multiple Gold, Silver & Bronze Medalist
USA Weightlifting Level 2 Coach
Erik was introduced to the sport of weightlifting in 2011 and began competing in 2014, though he was introduced to the lifts far earlier as a high school football player in 2002. Having learned components of the lifts from coaches with no experience with the sport for over a decade before being introduced to proper coaching would have a lasting impact on him as a coach and an athlete, both within the realm of the sport of weightlifting and in other related endeavors.
Prior to weightlifting, Erik earned a football scholarship to Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi, came in second place at the high school track & field Los Angeles city championships in shot put
before competing at the state championships, and made it to the second round of a tryout for a Canadian Football League team. He became a personal trainer during his collegiate athletic career and started
training at a CrossFit gym to improve his football performance shortly after, only to fall out of love with football and to begin competing in CrossFit, and eventually in weightlifting.
As a weightlifting athlete, Erik has competed at the national championships in 2015, as well as the American Open Finals in 2017, 2018, and 2019. As a coach he has trained a two time Masters National
Champion and a one time Youth National Champion and international team alternate, as well as other national level competitors. Outside of the sport of weightlifting, Erik has used his expertise in the lifts to
coach high school football strength programs for teams that went on to win league and city championships. He has also coached CrossFit athletes, which included extensive technical training on the
USA Weightlifting Level 2 Coach
Kristin was introduced to the Olympic lifts through Crossfit in 2013 which she joined to “lose the baby weight” 6 weeks after the birth of her second son. She grew up a competitive dancer and acrobat at the Dance Slipper in Western Massachusetts, ranking in the top 20 female teen dancers nationally. She also taught dance to children ages 3-13 at her studio for over 5 years. After high school, she went to the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was a member of the top 5 nationally ranked UMass Dance Team. She also played numerous sports growing up including soccer, basketball, field hockey, and track & field where she was the second-place all-time leading scorer at her high school .
With her background in dance, Kristin was immediately drawn to the technical nature of the Olympic lifts and began exclusively weightlifting with Barbarian Barbell in 2016. She has competed at the national and international level as a Masters Athlete for the past 4 years. She is a Masters World Champion (W40 81kg), Masters Pan Ams Silver Medalist (W40 76kg), Masters World Cup Champion (w35 81kg), Masters Worlds Bronze Medalist (W35 76kg), Masters Nationals Multiple Silver and Bronze Medalist (W35 76kg), and American Open Series Gold Medalist (W35 75kg).
Nutrition/Behavior Change Coach, Data Driven Performance
Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), Precision Nutrition L1 Certification
Trina Mendoza is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with a Masters of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis. She has over 15 years experience in both a clinical setting working with children and experience teaching group fitness, coaching CrossFit and coaching nutrition with weight-class athletes. She has participated in a wide range of fitness pursuits including training and completing a full and several half marathons, competing in individual and team CrossFit competitions and several Olympic Weightlifting meets. In addition to her formal education and board certification, she is also a Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA) in the state of Oregon and Precision Nutrition Level 1 certified.