Our Coaches

Jen Case Headshot
Derek Wilcox Headshot
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JEN CASE | PHD, RD, CSCS, CSSD

  • 1x IBJJF Master Worlds Champion
  • 3x IBJJF Pans Champion
  • 2x IBJJF International Masters Champion
  • International Ju-Jitsu Federation US Champion
  • Toro Cup Black Belt Heavyweight World Champion
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DEREK WILCOX | PHD

  • Holds the All-time World Record Squat of 935 lbs weighing in at 181 lbs
  • The lightest person to ever squat 1000 total at 194 lbs
  • Top 10 All-Time Total @ 181 lbs
  • Class A Highland Games Athlete
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JAMES HOFFMANN | PHD

  • Co-Author of: Scientific Principles of Hypertrophy Training, The Renaissance Diet 2.0, Scientific Principles of Strength Training, Recovering from Training, How Much Should I Train? And Integrated Periodization in Sports Training & Athletic Development.
  • Former Program Director of the Exercise and Sport Science program at Temple University
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CHRISTY ALEXON | PHD, RD

  • NPC Bikini Division Competitor
  • USA Powerlifting Competitor
  • Endurance running enthusiast (completed 2 marathons, 12+ half marathons, 3 long distance trail relay events, plus a variety of 5K/10K events)
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JENNIFER PRICE | MS, RD, LD

  • President of the Northeast Georgia Dieteic Association
  • Coauthor of a publication in Scientific Reports based on Master’s research
  • Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year, Georgia Dietetic Association
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TREVOR PFAENDTNER | DO

  • Board certified Osteopathic Family Medicine Physician (DO)
  • Elite multiply total in Junior 275 class: 745/710/625: 2080 lbs, Open 308 class: 749/722/604: 2075 lbs
  • Raw elite total (belt and knee wraps) Open 275 class: 666/479/606: 1751 lbs, Open 275 class: 701/451/628 :1780 lbs
  • Former state record holder in raw deadlift for teen 220 class: 572 lbs
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ALEX HARRISON | PHD, CSCS

  • Former Olympic Hopeful (USA Bobsled)
  • Team USA Bobsledder (12th & 14th at World Championships)
  • 2x All-American, Decathlon & Javelin Throw, NCAA Divison II Track and Field
  • Collegiate Nationals Qualifier in Weightlifting
  • Currently: Cat 3 Road Cyclist, Cat 4 Track Cyclist, and Avid Recreational Triathlete
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MEL DAVIS | PHD

  • Multiple-time IBJJF Master World Champion in BJJ
  • Multiple-time US representative in the international Abu Dhabi World Pro Competition
  • Author of Evidence-Based Habit Building: Finally Get Sh*t Done
  • 10+ years of research experience in Neurobiology and Behavior
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ASHLEY KAVANAUGH | PHD

  • Competed in a variety of sports ranging from bobsled and weightlifting at the national level to local long-distance running competitions.
  • Currently, her training is focused on strength and hypertrophy
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NATHAN JENKINS | PHD, CF-L2

  • Taught courses in exercise physiology, metabolism, obesity/diabetes, and human performance
  • ~80 publications in peer-reviewed academic journals
  • Competition Experience in CrossFit and Olympic Weightlifting
  • CF-L2 Trainer
  • Science Consultant, CrossFit, Inc.
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CHRISTIAN CARTER | PHD

  • Director of Strength & Conditioning for Olympic Sports
  • Former Head Strength & Conditioning coach for USA Rugby Women’s National Team
  • Expertise in Powerlifting and Weightlifting
  • Strength and Conditioning for Team and Field Sports
  • Wide-ranging Coaching Experience Across Collegiate Athletics
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DANIEL WIRT | MS

  • ​​2x bodyweight bench press in 83kg class
  • Best competition lifts: 496-pound squat, 353-pound bench, 507-pound deadlift
  • Coached both recreationally and nationally competitive powerlifting athletes
  • Worked as a coaching intern under Dr. Mike Israetel
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NICK HARDEN | PHD

  • Former ETSU Powerlifting Head Coach
  • Specializes in Sports Physiology and Performance
  • Practices a coaching style grounded in compassion, encouragement, and accountability
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JASON MILLER | PHD

  • 20+ years of coaching experience from fitness enthusiasts to National Competitors & Olympians
  • Former USA High-Performance Rowing Team Strength Coach
  • Author of: Foundational Weight Training: A Practical Guide for the Trainer, Coach and Barbell Enthusiast, 2nd Edition
  • Fitness Article Author of 100+ fitness magazine publications
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HUNTER PAULEY | RD, CSCS

  • Head of RP Coaching
  • Registered Dietician and Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist through NSCA
  • Former natural bodybuilding competitor
  • Great Outdoors Enthusiast
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ROBERT SANTANA | PHD, RD, CSCS

  • Competed in a variety of sports ranging from bobsled and weightlifting at the national level to local long-distance running competitions.
  • Currently, her training is focused on strength and hypertrophy
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JARED FEATHER | MS, IFBB PRO

  • IFBB Pro (1st place Classic Physique at NPC Nationals)
  • 10+ years of competitive bodybuilding experience
  • Former IPE and NFF Professional Bodybuilder
  • Co-author of “Scientific Principles of Hypertrophy Training” and “The Minicut Manual”
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SAM OKUNOLA | IPE PRO, WNBF PRO

  • IPE and WNBF Pro Natural Bodybuilder
  • 2017 IPE World Champion (Open)
  • 8 Natural Bodybuilding Overall Winner (Open)
  • 2019 NPC Midwest Championship Overall Winner (Classic)