Gillian (Mounsey) Ward has earned her B.S. in Exercise Physiology and has nearly 20 years of experience as a personal trainer and athlete. She has competed on the national level as Level 10 gymnast, won 3rd place in the CrossFit Games in 2008, competed and won as an Olympic Weightlifter, and currently is ranked #3 in the country in her weight class on Powerliftingwatch.com. Gillian holds numerous certifications to include CrossFit Level 2 Trainer, CrossFit Olympic Lifting, CrossFit Basic Barbell, CrossFit Gymnastics, CrossFit Mobility, and Starting Strength Coach.
Josh Wells has 14 years of experience competing and coaching in the sport of Olympic weightlifting. As an international level lifter, he was a member of the Jr. Pan-American Team (2003) and a member of the Junior World Team (2004). In 2009 he received his Master’s of Science in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Physiology from Midwestern State University under Dr. Lon Kilgore. Josh has worked with many athletes from a variety of sports in conjunction with strength and conditioning programs at Texas Christian University and Midwestern State University.
He was a primary coach, along with Mark Rippetoe, of the Midwestern State University and Bone Unit Olympic weightlifting teams operating under the Texas Weightlifting Regional Development Center. He has served as a staff coach for Starting Strength Seminars. He worked in New York City coaching everyone from elderly to youthful athletes. While in New York he traveled to instruct Starting Strength Barbell Training Camps and Olympic Lifting Camps.
Shelley Hancock has 20 years of experience as a classical ballet dancer. In 2007, she was introduced to her first barbell by Mark Rippetoe. The experience changed her path as she was led to complete her Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training from Midwestern State University and began a journey of getting strong. After working as a Collegiate head Athletic Trainer, she returned to Wichita Falls to attain a Master’s of Science in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Physiology under Dr. Lon Kilgore. She developed a special interest in researching human biomechanics and barbells during this time in graduate school. She has published material in the International Journal of Exercise Science and is featured in various books, DVD’s and posters illustrating anatomy related to exercise performance. In 2011, Shelley moved to New York City to work for a Center for Preventative Medicine as an exercise specialist and research coordinator. Here, she was able to continue her love of research and apply her knowledge of human movement to an aging / at risk population. She has conducted numerous Starting Strength Barbell Training Camps and Olympic Weightlifting Camps specializing in the safety of proper barbell mechanics.