About Ashman Strength

Ashman Strength is a training and nutrition team who is dedicated to helping you reach your physical best.

Jay Ashman – Owner, Head Coach

Susanne Kimball and Jay

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 is a certified Strength and Conditioning Coach through ISSA and also a certified Precision Nutrition Coach.

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 Conomacos

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.

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