A lifelong athlete, Katie grew up playing softball and volleyball and running around with the neighborhood kids. Despite always being active and working in gyms since 2005, she never anticipated a career in fitness. While working on a Bachelor’s degree in Political Communication at The George Washington University, Katie was introduced to rock climbing. She continued rock climbing after college, which led her to both weightlifting and her future husband (and co-owner of Power Plant Gym). After deciding that politics was not her thing, Katie worked various jobs including positions at a globo gym, a bookstore, and an environmental non-profit. Eventually she realized that her passion was truly in strength training and fitness, so she left her desk job in 2012 to become a full-time personal trainer. Katie is infinitely enthusiastic about getting stronger herself and introducing literally everyone to strength training.

Katie has actively trained for and competed in powerlifting, strong(wo)man, CrossFit, and Olympic-style weightlifting. She currently competes in multiple strength disciplines, coaches a team of badass ladies in strong(wo)man and powerlifting (#katiesladies), works with personal training clients, and teaches CrossFit classes.

Katie is a strength coach for six collegiate teams: women’s basketball, lacrosse, and softball at Widener University; women’s basketball at Jefferson University; and men’s and women’s volleyball at Neumann University. Katie is also an adjunct professor of physical education at Widener University.


  • American Council on Exercise – Certified Personal Trainer (ACE-CPT)
  • American Council on Exercise – Orthopedic Exercise Specialist (injury prevention and post-rehab recovery)
  • USA Weightlifting – Sports Performance Coach
  • Titleist Performance Institute – Level 1
  • CrossFit Level 1
  • CrossFit Kids
  • Body Positive Fitness Alliance Affiliated Professional and Regional Director
  • TRX
  • Hands-on Olympic weightlifting training in Russian, Chinese, and American styles with international competitors/coaches including Ilya Ilyin, Dmitry Klokov, Coach Ma, Lu Xiaojun, Liao Hui, Vasily Polovnikov, Norwood Weightlifting staff, Cara Heads, and others
  • Red Cross First Aid, CPR and AED (Adult and Child)


  • Strongman/Strongwoman
  • Powerlifting
  • Women’s Strength and Conditioning
  • Collegiate Strength Training
  • Strength and Conditioning for Beginners
  • CrossFit
  • Strength Training for Teens