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Monday, June 18, 2012


From mothers to former military, teachers to electrical engineers, each coach at PSKC offers a variety of different backgrounds, abilities, and personalities. Although we are each unique in our approach we are united in dedication to service of our members. Every member on the staff is here to make you better..

Dale KingCrossfit Level 1, USAW Olympic Lifting Certified Coach, Training Room Bodyweight/Kettlebell Certified Trainer, Crossfit Kettlebell/Tactical Athlete Certified

I'm the fortunate founder and proud owner of PSKC. Born and raised in Portsmouth, I moved away to attend college and serve in the US Army. Upon leaving the military as a former US Army Captain and Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom III & IV, I came back home where I opened the doors to PSKC. Since that time, I've worked with and coached individuals ranging from all ages, abilities, disciplines, and backgrounds. I've trained high school and college level athletic teams, military units, and have been blessed to travel to several gyms throughout Ohio to instruct their staffs in the correct usage of kettlebells.

My passion is helping people become awesome. Far too often people have settled for the mediocre/average in life because they don't believe they are capable of extraordinary things. My mission through PSKC is to subject people to incredibly difficult and physical challenges and then provide the necessary tools to overcome these obstacles. Through the persistent conquering of challenges a more successful and strong person is built. My belief is the only way to combat the disease of weakness is with strength, passion, and unrelenting intensity.
When I'm not at the compound, I can be found driving his dear wife crazy (who graciously allows him to spend time away from home at the gym) and playing with my best friend, Brutus, our German Shepherd.

Monica Sa - USAW Olympic Lifting Certified Coach, Crossfit Level 1

Born and raised in Natal, Brazil, I came to the US as a 17 year old exchange student with the hope of finding better opportunities. Ten years later I've learned to call the US my home. Along the way, I have been blessed with many special gifts and opportunities, one of them called PSKC.

Throughout my life, I've always been active. Playing all sorts of sports during school aged years, and later joining every fitness class out there. Unfortunately, I experienced the same end result…boredom. There was no feeling of accomplishment, no goals to achieve or mental obstacles to overcome. PSKC now provides that to me on a daily basis.

I've never been in better shape. I'm now equipped with the necessary tools to take part in events and do thing that I never believed were possible. Most importantly, I now know I can overcome any challenge life decides to throw my way.

My ultimate goal in life is to reach out and help others. Being a teacher in a public school, I have an awesome opportunity to develop kids into successful professionals and respectful adults. As a coach at PSKC, I have the awesome opportunity to help others believe they too can accomplish anything they put their heart into.

Ann Jewett - USAW Olympic Lifting Certified Coach, Crossfit Level 1

Ann enjoys cooking healthy, volunteering and traveling. She is a board member of the Ohio River Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross. She is married to Asa and they have a son named Jack.

Ashley Schwamberger - CrossFit Level 1, USAW Olympic Lifting Certified Coach

When I first stepped thru the garage door at PSKC I knew this place was different from other gyms. Little did I know that everything about the gym was different also. The people, the equipment, the workouts. I was looking for a challenge and found it….I was hooked immediately.

After a while, I started noticing changes in myself, I was witnessing results and getting stronger mentally and physically. The coaches provided direction and encouragement. They taught me anything is possible if you put in the time and hard work. Based on my experience, the passion was ignited within to now help others achieve the same. I don't care if you are THE best, I want you to be YOUR best. I'm very passionate about helping people achieve things they previously believed impossible.

As a mother, wife, and coach,  I want to set a great example to others that there is no secret to fitness. No magic pill, no fancy equipment. Just simple, honest hard work.

Zak Lafontaine
Crossfit Level One Trainer, USAW Olympic Weightlifting Coach

Why are you here?  Whatever your goals may be, whether it's looking better in a bathing suit this year, keeping up with your kids/grand-kids, competing in fitness events, or any other test of physical and mental endurance, there is a place for you at PSKC.

For years, I did the "bench on Mondays, bi's on Wednesday, legs on Fridays (if I had time)" routine coupled with running and stayed in decent shape.  By all accounts, I felt like I had a good idea of what fitness was and considered myself to be a fairly good athlete.  Then, I checked out PSKC. 

Now, an Electrical Engineer by day, I'm the "Coked Up Werewolf" by night.  The intense yet simple workouts and movements caused changes in me both mentally and physically that I had never experienced before.Shortly after joining PSKC, I began competing in various fitness events and challenges.  This feeling of training for a purpose made the overall goal of "getting in shape" much more invigorating. Once I became heavily involved in all things fitness, I truly developed a passion for the movements and helping others.

I love Olympic Weightlifting and will compete in about anything.  My beautiful wife (Erica a.k.a. "Baby-Momma") and I are expecting our first daughter in July, and I look forward to being able to keep up with her when she starts running all over the place like a wild woman. 

I truly enjoy coaching others and helping them excel past their wildest expectations.  That moment when something you say just "clicks" with someone who is struggling, or seeing someone hit a big PR (personal record) is unparalleled.

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