ABOUt us

We are a couple with a passion for educating and empowering people through strength training. We offer individualized coaching and training for a variety of clients. We specialize in programming for competitive and beginning powerlifters as well as the everyday client. Whether you're searching for information and guidance to get started with strength training, you are looking for content to prepare you for your first meet, or you're an experienced competitor looking to improve your performance on the platform, you've come to the right place. Take a look around our site and feel free to CONTACT US with questions.


Our Story

Katie has been involved in sports since childhood while Heather was a couch potato turned fitness enthusiast after high school. We met at Loyola University in a closet (ha!) unpacking gym equipment for the new Group Fitness studio at our facility. Katie was a Personal Trainer on staff finishing up her Bachelors and Heather was the Group Fitness Coordinator in her second professional job after her Masters Degree. We immediately hit it off and started training together. Our love for science and heavy lifting drove us to start testing programs and eventually developing our own. We did our first meet together in 2014 and have been competing and coaching ever since. 

We live in the proudest neighborhood in Chicago with our rescue dog, Larry. We are extremely invested in our community and LGBTQ issues and policies. We work in Chicago where Katie is a full time Personal Trainer and Heather does part time coaching at Rockwell Barbell while she works full-time as the Performance Training Center Coordinator and Group Fitness Manager for four health club locations. In our spare time, we listen to podcasts, watch Netflix, hang out at the dog beach, and EAT.


Qualifications & Publications


  • MS Health & Human Performance, Pittsburg State University, 2016

  • USA Weightlifting Coach

  • ACE Personal Trainer

  • ACE Certified Nutrition Specialist

  • JYM Girl Blogger

  • 2014 Life Fitness Website

  • 2016 GNC Website & Digital Pamphlet


  • MS Applied Health Science, Indiana University, 2013

  • BS Kinesiology, Indiana University, 2011

  • USA Weightlifting Coach

  • ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist

  • ACE Personal Trainer

  • AFAA Group Fitness Instructor

  • 2014 Life Fitness Website

  • 2016 GNC Website & Digital Pamphlet

  • 2017 Life Fitness Small Group Training Video Series

  • 2016 Illinois Raw Records: Squat, Bench, Deadlift, & Total

  • 2017 Illinois Raw Record: Bench Press