John is the owner and mind behind all that is American Barbell Club. John served in the Army from 2008-2014 as an Infantryman with 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division. As a testament to his endless work ethic, he made the grade/rank of E-5/SGT in 29 months from the day he joined. During his time in the Army he completed Airborne and Air Assault schools and earned a combat infantry badge in Afghanistan, 2010. After being injured in Afghanistan, he spent a year at the Warrior Transition Unit recovering, until his eventual discharge. John is now a Wounded Warrior Project Alumni. He has also completed the Tactical Athlete Program developed by the Neuromuscular Research Lab at the University of Pittsburgh. He has trained over one hundred clients between powerlifting, tactical athlete training and personal training. John's best powerlifting total is 1,625 raw at 220 pounds bodyweight.
Dr. Jared Skinner
Jared aka "gym dad", has been studying exercise science for the latter part of a decade. He is the head of training and development at American Barbell Club. He has received his Ph.D in Biomechanics from the University of Florida, to go along with his M.S. and B.S. in Exercise Science he received at Appalachian State University and CSCS certification. Jared began his career as an equipped powerlifter, earning several 2,200+ totals and his best total of 2315 at 220, which included a 1,035lb squat, which is still top 3 all time at 220. In addition to geared lifting, Jared also competes raw with his best total being over 2,000 pounds at 220 pounds bodyweight. Using both his experience on the platform and his knowledge in the classroom, Jared has helped develop plans and coach a great number of athletes in their athletic pursuits.
Joe Coursey is the manager of American Barbell Club and runs the day to day operations. Born and raised in Columbus, Nebraska, Joe moved down to Florida to pursue his endeavors in powerlifting and school. Currently, he is studying to be a Crime Scene Investigator at Central Florida College, is recently married, and is working to solidify his name in the world of powerlifting. His best powerlifting total to date is 837.8 squat /479.5 bench press /771.6 deadlift in competition.