Meet the Team

Talent wins games, but teamwork wins championships
Team member 1

Robby McLaughlin

Owner and Head Coach

Team member 2

Alex Church

General Manager

Alex grew up in Burbank, CA and re-located to the central coast in 2004 to attend Cal Poly where he studied Business Management. Alex joined Headstrong first as a member when he was going through some hard times and found fitness was a big help in overcoming his situation. Alex joined the Headstrong Team in a marketing and sales role and has continued to grow with the business While Alex focuses primarily on the Business side, he is also a NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Onnit Academy Trainer and plans on continuing his education with the Strongfit program. Alex’s WHY is to help others find fitness and healthy living as a way to overcome anything life throws our way. Outside of the gym, look out for him zipping around the streets on his road bike or running up the trail to Bishop’s Peak.

Team member 4

Maddie Jefferies

Coach

Madeline grew up playing sports and got into Crossfit in Northern California before moving to San Luis Obispo to study nursing. She joined Headstrong as an open gym member in 2018, moving away from barbell work and focusing more on functional fitness to correct previous injury and pain. Maddie joined the Headstrong team as a coach after going through Robby’s Mentorship Program, and then attended the Strongfit seminar to further her knowledge. In addition, she decided to switch her school major to Kinesiology and Nutrition as fitness and helping clients hit their goals has become her passion. Madeline recently competed in her first bodybuilding figure competition, placing 2nd in her category. She enjoys training and coaching bodybuilding, functional fitness, HIIT style workouts and spin.

Team member 4

Jenna Miller

Coach

Jenna is from Northern, Ca and moved to San Luis Obispo in to study at Cal Poly where she earned her degree in Business with minors in Psychology and Nutrition. Jenna loves helping people heal their body pains and reach their fitness goals through individualized training that is fun! Jenna is committed to her own personal development and has completed NASM Certified Personal Trainer program as well as their Corrective Exercise Specialist program. In addition she is a Yoga Sculpt Instructor, Spin instructor , Strongfit Educated, Certified Intuitive Eating Coach and Certified Health Coach. Outside the gym Jenna enjoys mountain biking, traveling, yoga and enjoying all kinds of different foods!

Team member 4

Bobby Harper

Coach

Bobby was born and raised in Santa Maria, California. Bobby is a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine with Specializations in Group and Youth training. After joining the team Bobby attended the StrongFit Principles coaches week and is also certified by the Institute of Integrative Nutrition Health and Wellness. Bobby loves learning and sharing his knowledge with others - he loves explaining the why behind the movements. “I love questions from clients and members about the workout or individual movements because it shows you aren't just going through the motions, but trying to get better, so if you're in my class, ask away!” Outside of the gym you’ll find Bobby hunting, fishing, and attempting to master cooking large amounts of meats.

Team member 4

Alyse Meza

Coach

Alyse Meza grew up in Morro Bay, CA and is a firm believer that if you work hard, hard work will pay off. Health and fitness has always been a passion of hers and it brings her happiness to be around like-minded people who want to better themselves. Alyse has a BS in Psychology with minors in Child Development and Sociology and is Crossfit Level 1 Certified. In addition, she is a certified spin and tabata bootcamp instructor. Alyse grew up around gymnastics and her specialty in the gym is anything focused on balance, coordination and flexibility. Alyse loves competing and is always training for something and when she’s not at the gym she enjoys being outdoors enjoying the Central Coast!

Team member 4

Sandi Emrick

Coach

Sandi joined Headstrong in 2017 and loved the community. She found herself wanting to help others achieve their goals and pursued her passion to become a coach. She began shadowing the coaches at Headstrong and completed the mentorship program. She has plans to continue building upon her knowledge by going to upcoming StrongFit seminars and learning from our other amazing coaches. Outside of the gym Sandi is an elementary school teacher and also enjoys swimming and teaching others how to swim. During her free time she mountain bikes, runs, and is always looking for a new challenge or competition.

Team member 4

Jasmyn Haas

Coach

Jasmyn is a certified Spinning instructor and has recently become a certified Barre teacher. In addition she is currently working on becoming a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). Jasmyn has been able to apply her years of experience in training and leading teams in the corporate world to mentoring and inspiring others in their fitness journey. She has struggled through many gastrointestinal challenges and is happy to share her nutritional guidance for those on the same journey. Jasmyn prides herself on making training sessions fun, challenging, educational, and most importantly effective! Outside of the gym, you can find her spending time with her family and being a positive role model for her two teenage daughters.

Team member 2

Chandra Jane Hardester

Coach

Chandra is the founder of the unique floor barre program, Center Stage Barre, and is a certified personal trainer, yoga, and fitness educator, with a passion for movement, and the life changing effects that come with it. Chandra is grateful for the opportunity to combine her love of fitness with her experience in leadership development and education. As a former Studio Director of a multi-modality boutique fitness studio, Chandra identified a strong need to serve the fitness teaching community beyond basic training. She founded the OMie Crew Nation in 2019 with the goal of bringing continuing education to fitness leaders in an instant.

Team member 2

Kieran McQuade

Coach

Kieran was born and raised right here in San Luis Obispo and earned his B.S. in Kinesiology here at Cal Poly. Kieran is currently pursuing a career in Physical Therapy and is hoping to achieve his Doctorate as he awaits admission into a post graduate level program. Kieran has 4 years of Physical Therapy experience working as a Physical Therapist Aide in the clinical outpatient setting over at San Luis Sports Therapy and has also volunteered in the inpatient setting at Sierra Vista Hospital and Mission View Health Center. Kieran's why is focalized in life long functional movement and pain relief. Give a shout to him if you have any nagging injuries or if you have any crutches lying around.