Max Aita is the Head Coach of Team Juggernaut Weightlifting. He has been involved in The Sport of Weightlifting as both a coach and an athlete for more than 20 years.
As an athlete, Max spent the majority of his career learning from some of the best coaches in the world, including Steve Gough (USA) and Ivan Abadjiev (BUL) Boris Sheiko (RUS), training in the American, Russian and Bulgarian Systems.
As a coach, he has put his vast knowledge and experience gained as an athlete in The Sport to practical use by developing some of the best athletes in the United States. He is the only current coach in the country to produce 3 separate Senior American Record holders.
His coaching accomplishments also include:
- USAW Senior American Open Champions and Medalists
- USAW Senior National Champions and Medalists
- IWF Pan-Am Medalists
- USAW World Team Members
- USAW Senior American Record Holders
- IWF Masters National Champions
- IWF Masters World Champions
- IWF Masters World Games Champions
- IWF Masters World Record Holders
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Jo Ann Aita
Jo Ann Aita is the co-owner of Max’s Gym and Head Coach of the Weightlifting Team, Powerlifting Club, and Women’s Strong School. She is a World Class athlete, having achieved International success in both Weightlifting and Powerlifting, over the past 15 years. Jo Ann’s favorite people include her son Asher and her husband Max!
Despite starting weightlifting in her mid thirties and rehabbing two shoulder surgeries in 2010, she was able to come back with Personal Record lifts at the USA Weightlifting Olympic Trials in 2012, placing 5th overall against many competitors half her age.
At the 2012 SPF Women’s Pro-Am Powerlifting meet, Jo Ann went 9/9 setting a New All- time World Record Total in the Raw w/Wraps category. She also broke the American Deadlift record, which had stood since 1981.
Jo Ann is a Senior National Medalist in Weightlifting and has been honored with the PWA Masters Lifter of the Year Awards in 2014, 2016, & 2017.
Jo Ann currently holds IWF Masters World Records, Masters Games Records, Masters Pan Am Records, & Masters American Records in Snatch, C & J, and Total.
Her athletic accomplishments also include:
- 2017 IWF Masters World Games Champion
- 2016 USAW National Masters Best Female Lifter (Grand Master)
- 2015 IWF Masters World Cup Champion
- 2014 IWF Pan Am Masters, Best Female Lifter (Grand Master)
In 2017 and 2018, Jo Ann returned to Powerlifting and broke Masters American Records in the USAPL Federation in Bench and Total. She also earned a spot on the Masters 1 Raw National Team and competed at the 2018 IWF World Championships, taking Silver in Squat, and Bronze in Bench, Deadlift and Total.
Jo Ann is a USA Weightlifting Certified Level 2 Coach and has been coaching for the past 8 years. She has trained athletes in both Sports to the National Level.
JP is the assistant coach of team Juggernaut and has been involved in the sport for 10+ years. As an athlete JP spent the earlier part of his career competing at USAW senior nationals, and one year in the masters circuit, winning himself a gold medal at the the 2017 Masters World Games.
His coaching accomplishments also include:
- IWF Youth Pan-am Team Member
- USAW Youth Nationals Medalists
- USAW Senior Nationals Medalists
- USAW American Open Finals medalists
- IWF Masters Pan-Ams Medalists
- IWF Masters World Games medalists
- Masters World Games Champion 2017
Alex LaChance is a Former All American gymnast and scholarship athlete for the University of Arkansas (2005-2009). As a National Elite and Level 10 Gymnast she was a 5-time USA Gymnastics National Championship Competitor, and accumulated 5 State Championship gold medals, 10 Regional Championship gold medals, and 25 other Level 10 State, Regional, and National Championship medals.
She became a published fitness writer and model, with a M.S. in Exercise Science (University of Arkansas, 2012).
Alex went on to win the 2014 North Central CrossFit Regional, and qualified for the 2014 CrossFit Games in her rookie year competing as an Individual CrossFit Athlete.
She was a Professional GRID Athlete with the Phoenix Rise from 2014-2015, and then with the two-time League Champion DC Brawlers in 2016.
Alex is now a nationally ranked weightlifter placed 3rd at the 2018 USA Weightlifting National Championships in the 75kg division.
She is a USA Weightlifting Certified Coach and a CrossFit Level 2 Coach, and offers gymnastics and weightlifting seminars as well as crossfit, gymnastics and weightlifting coaching online.