MEET THE TEAM
CHRIS RILEY MS, CSCS, USAW, RKC
Chris Riley is a graduate of Midwestern State University (MSU) with a bachelor’s in Sport Fitness Management and a Master’s in Exercise Physiology. His thesis, “Lifting belt wear increased 1RM back squat in highly trained competitive powerlifters and weightlifters”, will be published in the International Journal of Exercise Science. Chris is also a Level 1 Certified USA Weightlifting coach, has his CSCS, and has his Russian Kettlebell Certification (RKC).
Chris has coached in the MSU Strength and Conditioning program and has worked with powerlifters, Olympic weightlifters, CrossFitters, bodybuilders, football players, older adults, high school athletes, kids, Military, and normal folks trying to lose weight. He has also assisted in coaching barbell training, mobility, and strength and conditioning programming in seminars with 70sBig.com.
Chris is also an established strength athlete with a history in Olympic weightlifting and currently competes in powerlifting, strongman, and highland games. He regularly competes at the annual USA Powerlifting Raw National meet and the North American Powerlifting Raw Challenge held at the Arnold Sport Festival. Chris is a life-long drug free lifter who has squatted 661 and deadlifted 711 in competition and can bench 435 raw with a pause, axle clean and press 320, and deadlift 600 for 6 reps. He currently holds 3 USAPL Texas State records for age and weight class set in 2010.
• MHP Clydesdale Games 2013
• NAPF Arnold Classic- 2013
• NAS Strongman Competition Central Texas Strength Showdown 3rd- 2012
• Falls Fest Highlander Games 1st- 2012
• USAPL Raw Nationals- 2012, 2014, 2015
• NAPF Raw Challenge (international competition), Arnold Classic, 2012, Gold medalist
• USAPL Texas State winner in age and weight class, Junior Division – 2010, Open Division – 2010, 2011
• USAPL Raw National Championship 2nd place Nationally, Junior Division – 2010
• USAPL Raw National Championship 4th place Nationally, Open Division – 2011
• USAPL Holiday Classic 1st (best Lifter), Open Division- 2011
• USAW Texas State- 2008
• USAW National Collegiate Championships- 2008
Brent has been coaching with Dallas Strength and Conditioning since it opened in August of 2014. He has competed in weightlifting since 2006, and competed at the American Open in 2014 and USAW Nationals in 2015. He also competed in powerlifting with USAPL from 2009 through 2012. Since coaching at Dallas Strength and Conditioning, he has worked with lifters from completely untrained to experienced, and from the ages of 12 to 51. Throughout his competition career, Brent has handled dozens of lifters of all experience levels at weightlifting and powerlifting meets. His specialty in coaching is primarily in weightlifting, and he enjoys helping others develop their understanding and execution of the snatch and clean and jerk.
Christy Ahn has been at Dallas Strength and Conditioning as an athlete since 2016 and as a coach since 2018. Prior to this, Christy was a Level 1 CrossFit trainer with a Gymnastics Certificate. As a coach, Christy really loves helping athletes at any level discover and grow their strength and confidence. Completely new to lifting a barbell in 2014, she credits weight training and a community of fitness with helping her become the healthiest and most confident version of herself and losing 70 pounds and keeping it off for 5 years and counting.
Christy has competed in two USAPL competitions and placed first in the 84kg women’s open division in 2017 and placed first in the 72kg masters women’s division in 2019. Christy also placed 25th in the worldwide Tactical Strength Challenge in 2017 in the women’s open division and competed in a USAW weightlifting meet in 2018.