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DJ Wittekind, Owner SFG IIRKC 

I started my career coaching in 2003. During that same time, I also chose to pursue a career in the fire service; the physical demands of the job and the experiences of my clients led me to realize first-hand the importance of proper body maintenance.

I opened up Queen City Kettlebell in 2010 as a way to introduce Hardstyle Kettlebell training to the Cincinnati area. That goal has evolved as I have worked with everyone from everyday joes to high performance athletes; weekend warriors to post rehab patients; general fitness to injury risk clientele.

Since opening QCKB I have continued to expand my knowledge and I am currently pursuing my BA in Exercise Science with a concentration in Kinesiology.

My philosophy is that every client is unique in the challenges they present; be it physically, mentally, or from past training experiences. I treat each client as an individual, and programs are customized to client’s specific needs and goals.  I not only want to help clients be the best versions of themselves, but I also want to supply them with the knowledge and tools needed to continue to improve the human condition. I utilize skills that will minimize injury, while providing optimal health, energy, and the get-up-and-go for day-to-day activities.

Most of my clients are ordinary people who wish to improve their quality of life. My goal is to help them to reach those goals by simply increasing their mobility and getting them stronger. While prepared in a variety of bodies of knowledge, I specialize in biomechanics as they relate to program design and corrective exercise where they meet performance.

Current certifications:

  • SFG Kettlebell Instructor Level II
  • RKC Kettlebell Instructor Level I
  • FMS Level II
  • Primal Move L1 Instructor
  • IAFF + IAFC Peer Fitness Trainer
  • CrossFit Level I
  • CPR / AED Instructor 
  • Attendee of inaugural PlanStrong seminar hosted by Pavel Tsatsouline 

Michelle Mason, General Manager RKC, Pn1

From a young age, movement was important in my life. From age 3 on, I was involved in dance, team sports and put on many epic roller skating performances in my basement. However, it wasn’t until much later, when I moved from Cincinnati to New York City after graduating from Miami University in 2004 that I really grasped how closely related moving well and feeling well were. I was working on my Master’s degree and holding down a corporate advertising job, and I realized how much my sedentary lifestyle was affecting me physically and mentally.

I embarked on my own journey to become healthier and happier through strength training, and along the way realized that my true passion was to help others do the same, which inspired me to change careers and become a certified personal trainer. I am committed to making movement accessible to everyone, and to empowering my clients to realize what they are truly capable of achieving in the process.

I am also a mom of two, and being a strong and healthy role model for my kids keeps me moving forward. I consider myself to be a life-long student and am thrilled to be learning from and working alongside the amazing team at Queen City Kettlebell!

Current certifications:

  • RKC Kettlebell Instructor Level 1
  • Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certified
  • FMS Level 1
  • American Council on Exercise Certified Personal Trainer
  • CPR/AED/First Aid (American Red Cross)
  • Pre- and Post-Natal Training (ACE)
  • Balanced Body Pilates Reformer 1
  • Madd Dogg Athletics Spinning

John Conner

Graduate of the University of Kentucky with a degree in Kinesiology/Exercise Science. Cincinnati native with a diploma from Lakota West High School. A three-sport athlete with over 24 years of athletic experience, including professional football. Coaching experience includes  youth, high school, college and professional levels, as well as NFL Combine and Pro Day athletes.

Current certifications:

  • Ignition APG Certified Coach

Chris Gregg RKC

A little info about me. My wife, Christy, and I have been married for eight years and were high school sweet hearts. We have two beautiful girls, Brooklyn and Aubrey. I am a career firefighter/ paramedic, so I am directly effected by the principals we practice and teach at QCKB. I am currently an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, ACE Peer Fitness Trainer and certified FMS.

I’m a Martial Arts Instructor under Sifu Charles Reed and Tuhan Dan Inosanto in JKD and Filipino Martial Arts, purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and a red glove in Boxe Francaise Savate (which is the French style kick boxing and self defense). An integration of all the above makes for a very dynamic and exciting fitness experience! My goal is to help those who are looking to be confident, resilient and capable of handling whatever life decides to throw at them!

Current Certifications:

  • RKC Kettlebell Instructor Level 1
  • FMS Level 1
  • American Council of Exercise (ACE) CPT
  • ACE Peer Fitness Trainer
  • FMS I
  • CPR / AED Instructor

Mike Griggs

I think my fascination with strength began as a kid. My older brother got a Joe Wieder weight set for Christmas one year. It was one of those cheap sets with the plastic weights filled with sand. The set came with a bench and 100 lbs. worth of weight. I remember being in awe that my dad could bench the entire set. As a kid, 100 lbs. might as well have been 1000. 100 pounds? That’s a lot of pounds! I remember wanting to be able to lift it before my brother could. I guess that was my first ever fitness goal. I don’t recall if I succeeded in beating him, but for the sake of the story, and my pride, let’s say I did.

Fast forward to my sophomore year of high school. I decided to join the football team. It was winter and the team was in their “strength and conditioning” portion of the year. It was my first taste of the real deal, iron weights. We were squatting, deadlifting, bench pressing, and doing power cleans every session 2-3 times per week. Looking back now, our program was as terrible as our form. I remember being so sore that it felt like my muscles were ripping off the bone, and then coming in two days later and doing it all again. Despite all that, there was something about it that I loved, and I was hooked. The feel of the bar and the sound of the weights clanging together was unlike anything I’d experienced. Watching the weight on the bar increase from week to week was addicting. I came to enjoy training in the weight room more than practicing and playing the game.

This love for the barbell and all things strength has stuck with me through the years. I have spent countless hours reading and researching various training methods and techniques, and then incorporating them into my own training in the never ending pursuit of adding more weight to the bar. Eventually I decided that I should turn this passion/obsession into a career and help others reach their strength goals as well. This led me to obtain a degree in exercise science, as well as become a certified personal trainer (NSCA) and powerlifting coach (USAPL). I still very much enjoy chasing my own strength goals, but none of that beats seeing my clients hit their own.    

Current Certifications:

  • FMS Level 1
  • USAPL Club Level Powerlifting Coach
  • CPR / AED

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