Jocelyn Forest



-Over 15 years experience in Strength & Conditioning, Private training

-USA Weightlifting Club Coach

-CrossFit Level I

-Robb Wolf Nutrition Certified

-Movement and Mobility Certified (Kelly Starrett)

-CrossFit Football

-CrossFit Endurance

-Currently coaches SCS Barbell Club, S&C classes, Kids/Teens/organized sports, private training

-CrossFit Coach 2009-2011

-UC Berkeley Strength & Conditioning Coach 2002 (men’s and women’s basketball, track and field, water polo, men’s and women’s swimming, men’s baseball, women’s golf, and men’s soccer.

 -Div I College Coach 2005-2008; Penn State, Boston University

Athletic accolades:

-Ranked in the top two (USA) for Olympic Weightlifting 63kg class/6th in 69kg class

-Holds 4 records in the Pacific Weightlifting Association including 63kg class snatch, clean&jerk, total and the 69kg class clean & jerk.

-CrossFit Nor Cal Regional Champion 2009

-CrossFit Games competitor 2009

-Professional Softball Athlete 6 years- New England Riptide

-World Champion 2005, MVP

-Dutch semi Pro athlete (team DSC 74) 2003

-Dutch National Champion 2003, MVP

-Full Scholarship Athlete (softball) at Cal Berkeley 1998-2002

-National Champion 2002, MVP

As an experienced weightlifting and strength & conditioning coach with a high level athletic background of her own, Jocelyn is highly sought after by clients of all ages and abilities.  With a specific passion for Olympic weightlifting, movement, and human performance, Jocelyn specializes in developing quality athleticism (whether for life or sport) through strength training, Olympic style weightlifting, and functional metabolic conditioning.  She coaches the Santa Cruz Strength Barbell Club and teaches SCS Strength & Conditioning classes.  Jocelyn’s specialty also includes training high school athletes.  She currently coaches 20+ kids ages 12-18 in the sport of weightlifting and/or strength & conditioning for their sports. 

Philosophy: In a world where the pursuit of fitness is driven by the desire to be thin Jocelyn aims to reshape the idea of fitness all together.  She believes that if one shifts their efforts away from losing weight and instead aims to get stronger and perform better while fueling the body with nutritious foods that all of the aesthetic benefits will follow.  Furthermore, when one begins to gain strength and the ability to execute physical things they never thought possible not only will they become lean, fit, and athletic but they will become empowered and gain confidence in every aspect of life. 

 For private training Jocelyn can be reached at 831-334-7280.

Clay Edgin

- Strongman competitor since 2003

- "A" level Highland Games thrower

- Powerlifter since 2006 (best raw lifts include 550 squat / 405 bench / 713 deadlift)

- North American Strongman, Inc. State Chairman for New Mexico from 2007-2009

- Director of Sport Development Mas Wrestling USA

- Promoted and hosted many strongman and grip strength competitions

- Performed public speaking mixed with feats of strength for churches, Rotary groups, gyms.

- Shown on season 3, episode 10 of Spike TV’s “Deadliest Warrior” show as their Professional Strongman. 

- Master of Ceremonies for professional strongman contests

- Author for REPS! Magazine and numerous websites for grip training

- Featured in The Californian and Albuquerque Journal newspapers


-First American to compete in Mas Wrestling World Cup in Russsia

-2nd Place in Norwegian Mas Wrestling Championship

- Ironmind #3 certified Captain of Crush (2003)

- Ironmind #4 Captains of Crush closer (2004 - uncertified)

- Ironmind Red Nail bender (2004)

- Set NM state record in push/pull powerlifting (2006 - record still stands)

- Heavy Grips Strength Athlete of the Month (March 2004)

- Mash Monster gripper certifications 0 through 5

- Featured in Strong, Stronger, Strongest and Strength and Speed by strength historian Dale Harder

- First man to bend Grade 5 5/16" x 7" long tempered steel bolt, now called "Edgin bolts"

- First man to complete Ironmind's "Crushed to Dust" grip challenge

-Competitive Beardsman

Clay's journey into strength athletics was prompted by the birth of his daughter. Topping out at 416lbs, Clay decided that if he didn't make some big changes in his life that he woud never live long enough to see his daughter grow up. Not satisfied by simply doing workouts from muscle rags, Clay picked up a copy of Dinosaur Training by Brooks Kubik and it changed the way he looked at the gym and his own body. A trainee should be buidling his or her body for a purpose, not just aesthetics.

While dropping to 275lbs on a low carb diet, he competed in strongman, highland games, and grip sport, earning high marks in all three. His prowess in grip sport was borne from spending years making medieval armour on the weekends with his dad and he credits his ability to close the Ironmind #3 on his first day training with it to swinging a 4lb hammer for hours at a time. 

Clay lived in Newbury Park, CA with legendary strongmen Odd Haugen and Dan Harrison where he began learning how to fine tune his diet and workouts to reach any goal he set his mind to. Using that experience, he's able to fluctuate between 280-350lbs while still building strength at any bodyweight.

Now a full time coach and trainer at Santa Cruz Strength, Clay coaches the Powerlifting team, Strongman, MAS Wrestling, and grip strength specialistes as well as all Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday strength & conditioning classes.  He runs MAS Wrestling practice on Saturdays at 10am and organizes many strongman, grip, and MAS wrestling events at Santa Cruz Strength.  Clay is also available for private training and private programming.  

Contact Clay

Phone: 831-776-0875



Katherine Weybright

We are excited aout the addition of Kat Weybright to our coaching staff! Kat comes to us as an experienced, certified CrossFit coach, certified Weightlifting coach, and Crossfit competitor. She is also a member of our barbell team.  Kat rounds out our coaching staff well with her fitness expertise, great eye for mechanics, and knowledge of weightlifting. If you haven't already, check out her classes on Mon/Wed night at 6:30pm.

Tyler Miller

-5+ years Strength & Conditioning Coaching experience.

-10+ years Strength, Conditioning, and Sports performance training.

-Competes in Powerlifting, weightlifting, strongman, grip sport, mas wrestling and USA wrestling.

-USA Weightlifting Coach certified

-USA Boxing Certified

-Ironmind Red Nail Certified

-Featured in Ironminds Milo magazine in multiple issues for various strength sports.

Upon graduation of high school as All League and All County Football, Tyler has made Strength & Conditioning, as well as, strength sports a main focus in life. High school football and wrestling made it possible for Tyler put in his hours under the bar. After high school, Tyler immediately started training for strength sports, along with freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling in USA Wrestling, while studying the ins and outs of strength training. He got his first experience with powerlifting. Learning Westside Barbells conjugate method along with many other methods(Starting Strength, 5/3/1, and many of Boris Scheikos programs), he quickly started to apply his studying to the weight room and on the platform. After training powerlifting for 4 years, Tyler took on the Strength & Conditioning position for a local high schools football team. This allowed him to train, study, and teach the conjugate method which built the base of his current knowledge and became his specialty. During this time, Tyler joined Santa Cruz Strength as a raw powerlifter with experience in multiply powerlifting. Shortly after becoming a member, Tyler found interest in our Barbell club and put all of his focus into the sport of Olympic weightlifting. At this point, he took a step back and did exactly what he did with powerlifting....train and study. Buying books and watching film allowed him to understand the sport, as well as, learn the various training styles and methods. He trained under Kyle and Jocelyn Haynes and competed in various local meets. To fully develop his knowledge in strength sports, he also chose to train strongman and grip and became a multi sport strength athlete. These are the athletes that Tyler admires the most, the athletes that can show strength regardless of the playing field. His philosophy of training follows as such, the best athletes, no matter the sport, should be able to display skill and talent from field to court. Their training should begin with a foundation of strength that carries over to skill practice to become better at that particular sport. Though Tyler has trained and competed in powerlifting, weightlifting, strongman, grip sport, and has certified on ironminds red nail, his favorite part of strength is the ability to learn, apply in the gym, and pass on to others that want to become better.

Emily Avener



- over 4 years CrossFit coaching experience
- Ed Snider Youth Hockey Program coach 2009-2011
- 10+ years experience power skating coach
- New England Small College Athletic Conference Women's Coaching Symposium, 2007
- Stop Chasing Pain: Primal Movement Chains (taught by Dr. Perry Nickelston, DC, NKT, FMS, SFMA) 2013
- Cressey Performance Fall 2012 Seminar
- CrossFit Level 1
- California Certified Massage Therapist
- Functional Movement Screen with Gray Cook & Lee Burton
- CrossFit Endurance
- Pose Method Certified Running Technique Specialist (pending)
- First Aid/CPR

- 5+ years CrossFit experience

- 4 year starter Wesleyan University ice hockey 2005-2009, elected team captain 2008

- PA state bench press record holder, 132 lb weight class
- helped qualify CrossFit Center City team for Mid Atlantic Regionals in 2014

Emily is a recent transplant to Santa Cruz from Philadelphia, PA, where she spent three years coaching at CrossFit Center City. Emily holds a BA in liberal arts from Wesleyan University. She found CrossFit after graduation as a way to continue her fitness and prepare for the Marine Corps' Officer Candidate School after the end of a 4-year collegiate ice hockey career. That led to an increased interest in weightlifting and human movement, sparking a career as a massage therapist and coach. She uses her practical knowledge from her studies in massage therapy and functional movement as they relate to overuse injuries and tissue quality to help athletes become as injury-proof as possible. Emily competes in CrossFit, Olympic Weightlifting, and the occasional endurance event.


Leonardo Javier Pedrosa

Rowing Coach


To bring innovative and effective physical fitness methods and opportunities to individuals, organizations, and communities dedicated to the improvement of health, longevity, and the quality of life.

Hightlights of Accomplishments and Professional Experience

Present- Coaches indoor rowing at Santa Cruz Strength

2008 – present

Creator and Founder of the iRowing (Indoor Rowing) Method in Argentina, personal trainer and rowing coach.

Owner and CEO of iRowing (Indoor Rowing gyms) with multiple Franchises throughout Argentina.

Records Sports

More of 200 regattas internationals disputed, 10 years practice of rowing between December of 1990 until September 2000-Club Mendoza de Regattas.

1995 Mar del Plata – Argentina – Pan-American Games, Men’s 2-Lightwieght, Silver Medalist.

1998 Tigre – Argentina – South American Champion, Men’s 4-Lightwieght. Silver Medalist.

1999 Piediluco – Italia – Memorial Paolo D’aloga – Men’s 4-Lightwiegth. 5 position

2000 Xochimilco – Mexico – Olympics Games Qualifier Men’s 4-lightwieght. Silver Medalist.


2002 Institute of Physical Education “Dr. Jorge E. Coll”, Nationally certified Professor of Physical Education, Mendoza, Argentina.

Leo can be contacted for private training at Email:


Leah Class (Massage Therapist)

  • California Certified Massage Therapist since 2012
  • Arizona Licensed Massage Therapist since 2006
  • Certified Fascial Stretch Therapist since 2013
  • Fascial Dissection course 2013 with Thomas Myers (Anatomy Trains)
  • Assisted and taught Thai massage in Asia and the US
  • ABMP insured
  • B.S. in Biology, University of Wisconsin-Superior
  • M.S. in Water Resource Sciences, University of Minnesota-Minneapolis
  • Member of Santa Cruz Strength Barbell Club since 2012

Leah has been studying and practicing massage therapy since 2006; though her interest in anatomy reaches further back to her undergraduate years studying biology.  She stumbled into an Iyengar yoga practice while working in New Zealand after graduate school, which led her to movement teachers in New York, and ultimately training in massage in Arizona. 

She spent several years working with chiropractors and physical therapists, as well as at spas and the occasional village in rural Laos.  With an extensive knowledge of deep tissue techniques and Fascial Stretch Therapy (FST), and years of experience studying and teaching Thai massage and Osteothai (a blend of Osteopathic techniques with Thai massage), movement plays a central role in her work to eliminate pain and dysfunction, while improving range of motion.  She has over 1500 hours of training, a B.S. in Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Superior, and a M.S. in Water Resource Sciences from the University of Minnesota.

Contact Leah at 602-903-0091.

 Kyle Haynes 

- 2012 Santa Cruz Good Times Trainer of the Year

- USA Weightlifting Level 2 Senior Club Coach

- CrossFit Level 1 Certified Trainer

- Robb Wolf Nutrition Certified

- Movement and Mobility Certified (Kelly Starrett)

- CrossFit Football

- Nationally Registered EMT/CPR Certified

2012 Good Times Trainer of the year Kyle Haynes is co-owner of Santa Cruz Strength.   A USA Weightlifting certified coach and athlete, Kyle both competes as a weightlifter and coaches Team SCS.  Additionally, Kyle writes and administers programs for over 100 clients from elite athletes to general fitness folks.  Kyle has a wealth of experience and success in coaching professional football players, Olympic athletes, competitive weightlifters, competitive CrossFitters, college bound high school athletes from multiple sports, and has helped hundreds more lose body fat, improve fitness, and better their lives.  As a passionate, caring coach Kyle is adamant about his number one rule for anyone wanting to stay on track in their fitness or athletic endeavors, "Do No Harm." You can expect to work harder than ever with confidence that your health and safety is a priority.