Our Staff

We are an eclectic group of independent thinkers seeking an alternative path to fitness and health through efficient strength training. We don’t force coaches to fit our mold, we find the best coaches and let them express themselves and their philosophies through their work. Find a coach who's style and approach aligns with you the best.

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 is a USA Weightlifting National Coach, Advanced Sports Performance Coach and Totten Training Systems Advanced Olympic Weightlifting Coach. He is also a level 4 Rossiter System fascial stretching, pain relief and mobility practitioner. As an instructor for the USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Weightlifting Coaches Course he has trained and certified hundreds of new weightlifting and sports performance coaches in Colorado and Wyoming. From 2007 to 2009 he was a Team Leader Instructor for Pavel Tsatsouline’s Russian Kettlebell Challenge certifications.

With 30 years of experience, Randy has helped athletes from youth to master to professional ranks get stronger for a variety of sports such as Cross Country, Track and Field, Mountain and Trail Running, Cycling, Obstacle Course Racing, Basketball, Softball, Timber Sports, Olympic Weightlifting and Kettlebell Sport.
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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.
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Jeremy Layport
j_layport@hotmail.com
Strength and Conditioning Coach, Sr. SFG Instructor
Jeremy has an M.A. in Exercise Physiology from San Jose State University and received his undergraduate degree in Exercise Science and Sports Medicine while playing football at D-III Cal Lutheran University. Jeremy got into strength and conditioning back in 2004, first at San Jose State as an assistant S&C, and became a head strength coach at D-II Academy of Art (2011) in San Francisco. His last stop was here in Boulder, at the University of Colorado, where he helped the Buffs back to prominence with a Pacific 12 South Championship title. Jeremy holds his C.S.C.S from the National Strength and Conditioning Association and is a senior instructor for StrongFirst, the finest education in the strength industry. Jeremy is also a USA Weightlifting coach and coached Tucson Barbell Club for eight months. In his spare time Jeremy competes for Barbell Strategy’s Weightlifting Club and has competed (and won) in raw powerlifting as well.
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