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Alex Kennedy is a coach and co-owner of Atlanta Barbell and has been coaching for 12 years. He served as a Starting Strength Coach from 2013-2020. Alex has coached a wide array of demographics in various sports such as cycling, weightlifting, marathon running, powerlifting and many others. His focus is on everyday people working towards creating a significant change through strength training. Prior to his career as a Coach, Alex attended college at GSU, and served 4 years in the United States Marine Corps Infantry.
Co-owner and coach at Atlanta Barbell, Dee is deeply experienced and passionate about supporting others on their strength journey. As a collegiate soccer player with a masters degree in exercise science & a strength and conditioning coach, she understands the value of strength. She believes that the motto of each training session should be, “to be stronger tomorrow than you are today”. Personally, strength has always been a priority of hers and she has dedicated her career to helping others of all backgrounds, generations and levels to understand and appreciate its value as well. Whether it is hitting the trails on her bike, going out for a jog or enjoying a hike in the mountains she credits the time spent under the barbell for its role in keeping these activities enjoyable. When she is not coaching, you can find her hanging out with her 3 children doing the job she values most, that of a mom!
Erica received her Personal Trainer Certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM-CPT) in 2016 and has since made it her mission to create a fun and positive environment while focusing on functional barbell training for women. She is currently coaching for Atlanta Women’s Barbell Club & taking individual clients who want to make strength training a part of their daily lives. When she’s not lifting barbells, she is picking up her 2 kids and their toys. Erica believes barbell training has a direct impact on every day mom life. Helping people become stronger, more confident and healthier versions of themselves is her passion! Outside the gym, Erica enjoys spending time with her family, drinking coffee and cooking Cuban food.
Dena Mellick personally experienced the therapeutic benefits of weight training while overcoming the limitations of a longstanding back injury. As a trainer, Dena now focuses on helping her clients work with a barbell to build strength and achieve their overall health goals. In addition to training individual clients through Atlanta Barbell, Dena is also currently a coach with the Atlanta Women’s Barbell Club. She has a Personal Training Certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM-CPT) and wants to help clients of all backgrounds feel strong and confident with a barbell.