Jeff is a Bay Area native with over fifteen years of personal training experience. After graduating from the University of Washington, he moved to San Francisco and started working as a trainer. He received experience working with various outdoor training companies, boutique gyms, and physical therapy clinics. After working with a broad spectrum of clients and training methodologies, he started his own independent training company. He partnered with different peers, and ultimately became co-owner of two successful facilities in the east bay. Like many, when the pandemic hit, Jeff reevaluated his priorities and values and decided to take a step back from the responsibilities associated with the managerial components of running a brick and mortar facility. By doing so, it allowed him to focus on the part of the fitness industry he enjoys the most, which is working directly with clients. Helping people get the most out of the time they spend training is his true passion!
Jeff first came to Live Oak Strength as a client. He immediately recognized the value in what was being offered. After several months of training at Live Oak Strength with Owen and the team, it quickly became apparent that Jeff and Live Oak Strength shared many of the same core values and...well, the rest is history. He is excited to be a part of such an amazing organization and team, and loves incorporating his own expertise to help enhance the training experience at Live Oak Strength.
Jeff currently lives in Alameda with his wife, four year old son, and rescue pit bull. He has over twenty five years of martial arts experience, but doesn’t practice as much as he once did, due to the high impact of combat sports. Instead, he spends much of his extra time and energy trying to keep up with his son, which provides him with plenty of challenges and excitement. He also enjoys cooking and spending time outdoors with his family and friends.
Passionate about helping people living with Parkinson’s, limited mobility, chronic pain, and acute injuries, Lucy helps all of her clients find their strength and confidence. She understands firsthand that success comes by repeating the basics day in and day out. Lucy is a certified Master Trainer through HITUNI and has a background in yoga, Crossfit, and Olympic weightlifting. Lucy didn’t start out as an athlete; in high school and college, she spent most of her free time knitting and listening to audiobooks. It wasn’t until she started practicing yoga that Lucy discovered the physical and mental health benefits of building strength and balance. Encouraged to push her limits, she took on the challenge of Olympic weightlifting. If she could give anyone a tonic for boosting confidence and keeping anxiety and depression at bay, it would be strength training.
At the heart of her practice is mindful compassion. Through slow-motion, low-impact, high-intensity training, Lucy brings the mental and physical benefits of strength training to clients of every physical capability, including the most vulnerable. Having previously worked in a nursing home, she saw how many people ended up losing their independence due to sarcopenia (age-related muscle loss), which is easily preventable with just 20 minutes of safe resistance training per week. Lucy tailors her workouts to the abilities and personal style of each client, using her yoga training to guide clients through mindful, slow, and safe but intense movements and fluid transitions. Lucy loves nothing more than hearing “My knee pain has completely disappeared when I go up and down the stairs!” Calm, clear instruction and support make Lucy’s workouts feel safe and achievable for everyone at any level of fitness.
For Lucy, living life in balance means spending quality time with her husband Owen, daughter Anahid, two pit bulls, Luna and Sophie, eating good food, reading, knitting (while her cat Darwin sits in her lap), and playing classical piano.
Owen started Live Oak Strength in 2015 with one goal: make people stronger in the safest, most time efficient and evidence informed way. Spending years of frustration and downright disgust with the dishonest nature of the fitness industry, he knew he had found the solution so many people sought when he stumbled upon Body by Science and adopted the high-intensity training principles to his own workouts and his existing personal training clients. Fast forward to today, Owen has personally supervised over 18,000 high intensity strength training workouts, and mentored 10 successful trainers at Live Oak and other facilities across the country. He is absolutely committed to helping ensure all Live Oak Strength clients receive the absolute best workout experience and results possible, and is grateful for the opportunity to help improve the lives of those in his beloved east bay community.
Owen graduated in 2005 from Cornell College as a double major in Psychology and music. He has played piano since the age of 5 and spent nearly a decade after graduation as a piano teacher. During that time he became heavily involved in the fitness industry, earning several certifications, and working as a fitness instructor and director/manager at a local bay area wellness center. The discipline, communication skills, attention to detail, timing, patience and decades of dedication it took to become a pianist and successful piano teacher have, without a shadow of a doubt, directly influenced Owen’s approach to business ownership, leadership, and personal training.
Owen's other hobbies include playing classical piano, spending as much time outdoors, learning new methods of cooking, reading philosophy, meditation and leadership training. He lives in Berkeley with his wife Lucy, daughter Anahid, two pit bulls, Luna and Sophie and their cat Darwin. He encourages anyone looking to save time, get strong, and lead a happier, more confident, better quality of life, to stop wasting time on ineffective and dangerous fad workouts, and adopt a more evidence based, efficient and safe high-intensity strength training lifestyle.
“Training with a high degree of effort just once or twice a week at Live Oak Strength will completely change the way you feel and will open up so many possibilities for you. Ditch the fads, the quick fix mentality, the quackery and B.S. detox and cleanses, and start adopting reasonable, healthy daily habits. Long term consistency will get you to your potential faster and safer than all the expensive fad diets and overly complicated celebrity/Instagram workout programs. I can’t wait for you to experience the benefits of these workouts and lead a happier, stronger, and more confident life.”