Mandy brings over 15 years of experience as a personal trainer, fitness coach, & yoga instructor. She is a Franklin native, attended Father Ryan High School, and earned a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Western Kentucky University. She is a certified personal trainer (CPT) through American Counsel on Exercise (ACE) and National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). Mandy is also YogaFit certified. Her training style focuses on total body training and teaching proper body mechanics. Mandy is available for personal training, small group training, class settings, and nutritional counseling.
Mandy's words to live by -
PEACE, LOVE, & STRENGTH
Chris is a military veteran that has been working as a National Strength & Conditioning Association - Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT) and coach for over a decade. He has a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology from Illinois State University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology, Health & Physical Education from Northern Northern Illinois University.
Chris has 6 years of teaching experience at the middle school level in Illinois, specializing in Health & Physical Education. During his teaching tenure, he worked to revamp the entire Health & Physical Education curriculum at his school, bringing lifelong health and wellness (fitness, barbell training, nutrition, hydration, sleep) to the forefront. He also successfully owned and operated his own personal training/strength & conditioning studio during this time.
Chris currently serves as the General Manager, Personal Trainer & Coach at Franklin Strength. Text him today at (815) 979-0506 to learn more about his personal training packages and pricing.
Chris grew up actively involved in rugby, baseball, martial arts, and self-defense (Karate, Taekwondo, Hapkido, Jiu-Jitsu, Krav Maga). He began lifting weights in high school, absolutely fell in love fitness, and has been training ever since. He enjoys all aspect of training from researching the scientific principles of the human body and its movement, to physically training and seeing the progress and results from putting the research into practice. Chris believes in training a balanced body, one that is strong and powerful but still mobile and flexible. He loves to work with people who are excited to improve themselves, whether it is losing 10 pounds or getting stronger, faster, and more muscular. Chris is currently finishing his NASM personal training certification.
Quote from Chris “I always hope that my excitement and passion for fitness will inspire others to better themselves any way they can. I thoroughly enjoy helping others reach their fitness related goal.”
Pat has been part of the Franklin Strength family from the beginning. After “retiring” from the corporate world, Pat transitioned from client to coach. Pat is a National Academy of Sports Medicine - Certified Personal Trainer (NASM-CPT) and also Corrective Exercise Specialist (NASM-CES). He coaches many of our Adult Strength & Conditioning classes.
His words to live by….
STAY FIT, STAY YOUNG, STAY IN THE GAME
Copernicus Johnson (C.J.)
- ACSM Certified Personal Trainer & Group Fitness Instructor
- B.S. Exercise & Sports Science
- WBFF Pro Fitness Model
- 9 years bodybuilding and fitness modeling experience
- 6 years of experience with training and nutritional program design
David “Cookie” Cook
David is the co-founder of Cookie Cuts nutrition/personal training company, Boxing coach, personal trainer, online health coach, NPC competitor and Registered Nurse.
David has struggled with depression the majority of his life and he attests that fitness has saved his life. He first fell in love with fitness around the age of 18, after struggling with being overweight his entire life. He then competed in and won his first bodybuilding competition when he was 19 years old. Around that time is when he began training in Mixed Martial Arts. Since then he has had over a dozen amateur MMA fights and achieved his black belt in Muay Thai. After completing his degree in nursing, David decided to take a risk and pursue a different career path in fitness. This is how Cookie Cuts got started.
He offers training in boxing, kickboxing, weight training, contest prep, and nutritional coaching. Cookie still competes in physique competitions. He feels very blessed to be part of the fitness community in Nashville and is excited to start his family in such a loving, prospering city. Follow David on Instagram at @coach.cookie
Ken Hughes – CSCS, TSAC-F
Ken has 20 years of personal training experience as well as 10 years coaching experience with wrestling at Heritage Middle School in Spring Hill, TN. He has achieved both the CSCS and TSAC-F certifications from the NSCA and enjoys working with competitive and non-competitive athletes of all ages.
Ken focuses on safety first with a comprehensive health history and movement analysis to achieve pain-free movement as the base before overall health, strength and conditioning progression. Ken helps his clients set very specific goals based on what they would like to achieve and then programming effective but also very efficient workout designs that are fun but also challenging.
Ken is available for personal training and small group training.
Go to www.solutionsinfitness.net for more information and contact info.
Owner/Head Coach of Iron Wolf Weightlifting
USAW Advanced Sports Performance Coach (2015-Current) & Former CrossFit Level 1 Coach (2013-2018)
Coach Ryan started out in the world of CrossFit in 2012. After becoming more familiar with the sport through training and competition, he acquired his Level 1 coaching certification in 2013 and took his first steps on his coaching journey. Ryan continued coaching, training, and competing in CrossFit until he was bitten by the weightlifting bug in early 2015 and participated in his first Olympic style weightlifting competition mid-way through the year and then later that same year earned his Sports Performance Coaching certification from USAW. Around this time, he also began dedicating his training time to weightlifting.
After continuing to train and compete under former Olympian, Coach Osman Manzanares, Ryan began assisting with seminars and coaching athletes. He later earned his Advanced Sports Performance Coach certification in January of 2018.
Ryan has competed in local level competitions and has also competed on a national level.
Ryan’s goal as a coach is to develop excellent athletes by promoting precise, efficient and safe movement through proper technique and training practices.
Josh is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and owner of Paceline Physical Therapy (located inside Franklin Strength Gym). Paceline Physical Therapy specializes in helping athletes conquer injury and return to sport without pain.
Clay Rogers, CSCS
Clay and his wife Mandy are owner/operators of Franklin Strength. He has over 15 years of experience in the fitness industry and is a National Strength & Conditioning Association - Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (NSCA -CSCS).