The Team

Stephen Pizza, BS, M.Ed., CSCS/NSCA


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With over ten years of experience in the science and administration field of Exercise Science and Physiology, Stephen has advanced knowledge of biomechanics, kinesiology, human anatomy and physiology, with emphasis in muscular development and injury prevention. With his previous experience working with and progressing athletes at the collegiate and professional level, he specializes in strength and conditioning programming and individualized training for groups of all sizes and ages. His training protocols are devoted towards injury prevention, functional movement, joint stability, core strength, full body strength, rehabilitation, weight loss, conditioning, body composition and much more.


  • Bachelors of Science in Exercise and Sport Science from the University of Utah
  • Masters of Education in Education Administration from the University of Hawaii
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through NSCA/CSCS
  • CPR/AED Certified


  • Strength and Conditioning Coach at the University of Utah for 3 years
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach at the University of Hawai’i for 3 years
  • First Assistant of Strength and Conditioning football at the University of Hawai’i
  • Teacher, Olympic and Power lifting at the University of Hawaii
  • 2 of 4 teams that were trained by Stephen finished with Top 5 national rankings
  • Trained multiple athletes who earned All American Honors at the collegiate level
  • Several athletes trained by Stephen have won gold, silver, and bronze metals
  • Over a Dozen athletes that have trained with Stephen have reached the professional level


Strength and Conditioning Coach

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Originally from Manchester, England, Luke’s experience in Strength and Conditioning and his desire to educate as he coaches attract what many people are looking for. His time spent as a Division 1 Football Strength and Conditioning Coach taught him the importance of communication, expert instruction, and enthusiasm which works synergistically to bring custom individualized training. Luke strives to help all who he works with identify their weak points and turn them into strengths. His focuses are on strength and power development, corrective exercise, and proper movement and stability coaching.

Luke’s passion for exercise and training continues to grow as he endeavors to share his knowledge with others, and help them meet their performance goals while engaging in work that creates progression in all areas of life.

Luke strongly believes that participating in competitive or rigorous pursuits do not need to end after one is done with high school or university sports. In his free time, you can find him backpacking local trails, fly-fishing, hunting, and competing in local Strongman and Highland Games which Luke has podiumed numerous times (yes, he wears a kilt).


  • Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Science, Brigham Young University
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA/CSCS)
  • Certified Personal Trainer (NASM-PT)
  • Certified Nutrition Coach (NASM-CNC)
  • CPR/AED Certified


  • Strength and Conditioning Assistant Coach – Football, Brigham Young University
  • Head Strength Coach – Men’s Cross Country, Brigham Young University
  • Strength and Conditioning Student Assistant – Football, Brigham Young University
  • Worked one-on-one with multiple high-level athletes who currently play in the NFL.
  • Managed training and development of incoming Division 1 Football recruits, many of whom were key players, one being named “Freshman All-American” and later “All-American” Candidate.
  • Strength Coach of the 2016 NCAA 7th Place Men’s Cross-Country Team

Brooklyn Mohamud, BS, CSCS/NSCA

Strength and Conditioning Coach

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As a former women’s softball collegiate athlete and currently competing powerlifting athlete, Brooklyn started her strength and conditioning career as an intern at Weber State University for baseball, softball, wrestling, volleyball, soccer, golf, basketball, tennis, track and field, football, and powerlifting. Most recently, she also had the opportunity to be mentored and work under two renowned professional strength and conditioning coaches that worked for the Jaguar football team and the Phillies MLB baseball team.

Since graduating with her Bachelors in Exercise and Sports Science from Weber State University she became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and has worked with individuals of all fitness levels to reach their full potential with emphasis on lifting form and technique for reduced injury risk and optimal strength gains. Her success within the powerlifting sector, specifically, has provided her the opportunity to work closely with powerlifters from all over the world.

Overall, Brooklyn joins our team with three years strength and conditioning experience and is a passionate coach that positively contributes to our SLC Strength community.

Lane Johnson, MS,CSCS

Strength and Conditioning Coach

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Lane grew up in St George, UT where he spent most of his time mountain biking in the desert hills and competing in downhill mountain bike races. Lane is a certified strength & conditioning specialist through the CSCS. He holds his master’s degree from Utah State in Kinesiology and his bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Utah Tech University. While working on his master’s degree, from 2020-2022, Lane gained extensive knowledge as a member of the Olympic sports strength & conditioning staff. During this time, he worked with many teams including track and field, men’s & women’s basketball, women’s soccer, softball, golf, and gymnastics. 


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from Utah Tech University
  • Master’s Degree of Science in Kinesiology


  • Strength & Conditioning Coach (Olympic Sports) Utah State University 2022-2024
  • Teams: track and field, men’s & women’s basketball, women’s soccer, softball, golf, and gymnastics. 
  • Research  Neuromuscular Lab at Utah State University: researched the efficacy of depth and countermovement jump parameters as a recovery monitoring tool following exercise-induced muscle damage. The primary objective is the examination of the efficacy of force plate GRF-derived data from depth and countermovement jump tests to track performance-reduced recovery following a bout of eccentric exercise.  
  • Biomechanics and Sport Science Lab at Utah Tech University: studied Barbell kinematics and power with and without leg drive in barbell bench press lift. This study aimed to quantify the effects of leg drive on bench press performance. Data was collected using 3D motion capture and force plates.  


Danielle Miller,

Office Assistant

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Danielle was born and raised in Utah. After spending two years in California earning an Associates Degree in Fashion Design, she decided to move home to be closer to the mountains.  Danielle and her husband, Ryan, started training at SLC Strength & Conditioning not long after it opened and have loved being a part of the community. In her free time you’ll find her chasing a toddler, laughing at her husband, sewing, or adventuring in the mountains.

Kristy Pizza, BS

Co-Founder | Business Administration & Operations

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Experience in healthcare, diagnostic stress testing, and education with an extensive background in direct patient care, patient education, human physiology and anatomy, and more recently, technical education, development and implementation. Kristy gained the necessary skills and knowledge in the Exercise Science and Physiology field through her Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science and previous employment at Intermountain Healthcare and the University of Utah Healthcare, and continues to practice her expertise in employee training, development, and implementation at Myriad Genetics Inc. She currently holds advanced certifications through the American Heart Association, the National Board of Respiratory Care, and Training.


  • Bachelors of Science in Exercise and Sport Science from the University of Utah
  • Certified Pulmonary Function Technologist through the NBRC
  • Credentialed Trainer, Epic and University of Utah Healthcare
  • Certified ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) through AHA
  • BLS/AED Certified through the American Heart Association
  • First Aid Certified

Work Experience

  • Medical Assistant, Intermountain Healthcare Medical Group
  • Exercise Specialist, University of Utah Healthcare
  • Quality Manager, Training, Myriad Genetics Inc.

Kristy developed a passion for educating the community on the importance of exercise and nutrition early on in life and earned her Gold Award with the Girl Scouts of Utah for a community outreach program that she was able to implement in several elementary schools in Utah. She also won First Place with the Health Occupation Student Association for a similar educational program that was implemented in several middle schools and high schools throughout Utah.

Patrick Thompson, HBA/BA


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Pat has worked with numerous companies and organizations on both their video needs and to help build and improve their websites. While pursuing filmmaking throughout college and beyond, he’s remained intrigued about the power of web technology. He’s always up to experiment with the newest technology or help companies create the video content they need. Pat has experience with HTML, CSS, Javascript, PHP, Python, WordPress, Video Editing and FX, and the Adobe Creative Suite. He’s currently learning Java because why not? We’ll see how that goes…

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