Our Staff


Michael Deskevich
mike@barbellstrategy.com
Owner, Strength and Conditioning Coach
Mike has a Ph.D. in chemical physics from the University of Colorado. By day he works in high-performance computing and geospatial data analytics solving interesting scientific problems. In the evenings you'll find him programming and teaching our S&C classes. He has almost two decades of strength training under his belt and has spent more than 10 years in the CrossFit and weightlifting communities. His goal is to take his experiences and combine them with the decades of research and knowledge in the Strength and Conditioning community to develop smart programming that makes people strong, fit, and healthy. Mike is a passionate advocate of using strength and smart nutrition to build health and fitness for life.
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Amy Santamaria
amy@barbellstrategy.com
Owner, USAW Sports Performance Coach
Amy has a Ph.D. in psychology and neuroscience from the University of Colorado.  She is also a USAW Sport Performance Coach and was introduced to weightlifting through CrossFit back when it was only a single website. Amy is a proponent of Olympic weightlifting as a sport for all ages and abilities and as a tool for supporting functional health.  She shares Mike’s passion for smart approaches to nutrition and whole health.
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Randy Hauer
randy@barbellstrategy.com
USAW National Coach
Randy holds an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the New York Academy of Art. He is a USA Weightlifting National Coach, a certified Advanced Olympic Weightlifting Coach through Totten Training Systems, an instructor for the USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Weightlifting Coaches Course and a former Team Leader Instructor for the Russian Kettlebell Challenge. He is also a professional member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association. With 30 years of coaching experience, Randy has advised runners, cyclists, weightlifters and kettlebell athletes of all ages and abilities. He is a former national record holder in three weight classes in Girevoy Sport (Kettlebell Sport), a National Masters Olympic Weightlifting medalist and a former Pennsylvania state age group record holder in Olympic Weightlifting. Randy is an enthusiastic and innovative advocate for resistance exercise as a positive transformational strategy not only for improving athletic performance but also for enhancing general physical and mental well-being.
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Isabella Dean
isabella@barbellstrategy.com
Personal Trainer
I train because I love it. When I first started training, I adoringly called it “adult recess” because it felt like play time. If I’m not at the gym, there is a good chance that I am thinking about my next visit and all of the wonderful things I will get to do while I am there. Working hard and constantly improving upon something that I love is a truly rewarding experience. The only thing better than that is being able to share it with others so that they too can participate in something that will make them both physically and mentally stronger.