Ashman Strength is a training and nutrition team who is dedicated to helping you reach your physical best.
Jay Ashman – Owner, Head Coach
Jay grew up playing a variety of sports such as baseball, football, basketball, tennis, soccer, swimming, and more. Later in his teenage years he focused more on football and baseball.
After college he had a professional football tryout in 1998, didn’t make a team and decided to set his competition sights on rugby. He played rugby for Reading Rugby, Long Island RFC, and Old Blue Superleague’s side before calling it quits in 2009.
Jay competed in strongman in the early to mid 2000’s never finishing lower than third in an amateur contest. His last contest in 2010 ended with a second place finish.
After his competitive career was over he went through an eye-opening heart scare. Once he got through that he transformed himself physically and mentally by dropping 30 pounds of unneeded weight and focusing on the synergy between hard training and health.
He is a former PT manager in NYC at Equinox and in Long Island at Big Al’s Fitness. He was also the former Director of Athletics at Gorilla Pit in Mentor, OH and the Head Strength Coach at BrewHouse Barbell in OKC. Currently he works at City Gym in KC where he trains athletes and people who wish to be their physical best.
He has worked with players from the Long Island Ducks, pitchers from St. Anthony’s (LI), football players from the state champion Kirtland HS (OH) team, and wrestlers from Mentor, Kirtland, and Painesville. He has worked with professional athletes from women’s pro football to baseball minor league players. He consults with rugby players nationwide for men’s teams on their training plans, has coached youth and men’s rugby in both OH and OK, and was a speaker at the 2nd annual Strength and Conditioning Conference at Denison University along with a featured speaker at the Putting it all together seminar with Dan John.
He is based out of Kansas City, MO and works with City Gym in both the Waldo area and in their downtown location for all in-person client inquires.
In his spare time he, along with his wife Sarah, enjoy discovering new places to eat in downtown KC, dealing with their passive-aggressive dog, Lily, and pretending to be hipsters.
Sarah Conomacos – Nutritionist, Coach
Sarah is a 26 year old mother of one, personal trainer that currently resides in Honolulu Hawaii. She received her initial personal training and fitness nutrition certifications in 2014 through ISSA. She went on to also receive a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science in 2015, and also received her CISSN and CrossFit level 1 training certificate that same year. She is currently pursing her registered dietitians license and will also be completing her master’s degree in sports nutrition during the course of her RD licensure.
Sarah handles the nutrition for our remote clients.
She has previously competed as a 52/56kg powerlifter in the USPA, both qualifying and competing in USPA nationals, and IPL Worlds. She also competes in Olympic Weightlifting through the USAW, having qualified and competed in the Hawaii State Championships, and occasionally also competes in CrossFit competitions. She plans to compete in her first NPC bikini competition in April of 2018.
Sarah believes that there is no one size fits all approach to training or nutrition, and for that reason takes careful consideration into determining the method that will generate the best results for the client. In order to obtain the best results, she believes that coach and client should work hand in hand to determine strengths in order to effectively maximize them, and discover obstacles and how to work through them.
Julie M. Slowiak, PhD, BCBA, Pn1 – Health, Behavior, and Performance Coach
Julie is full-time college professor at the University of Minnesota Duluth and a part-time coach/consultant. She is trained as a behavioral psychologist, and her research, teaching, and applied (coaching) work focus on designing physical and social environments that support individual and organizational health, performance, and wellbeing.
As a health behavior and performance coach, Julie guides individuals toward their goals as they develop core skills related to self-awareness; mindfulness of breath, thoughts, emotions, sensations, and urges; values clarification; and goal-setting and achievement. Julie’s ultimate goal is to help clients create environments that promote flexible, adaptable, and resilient behavior. It is her belief that the ability to both keep putting one foot in front of the other during times of struggle and inevitable change increases our ability to survive and thrive in both work and life.
Julie is a self-described nerd. She holds a B.A. in Psychology and Organizational Communication, M.A. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and Ph.D. in Applied Behavior Analysis. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and is certified as a sport and exercise nutrition coach through Precision Nutrition. She enjoys reading and staying up-to-date on the latest research in nutritional science and acceptance and commitment training.
Julie is passionate about helping others live an authentic and values-aligned life and challenges herself and others to step outside their comfort zone. Her sense of adventure has led her to experience life through skydiving, competing in a figure competition, and traveling. She is a member of the Wikiwiki Ohana amateur competitive dragon boat team and lives on the tip of Lake Superior in Duluth, MN, with her dog, Hurricane.