KRYSTAL JACKSON - OWNER/FOUNDER
Krystal Jackson is a former All-American volleyball player for UCLA where she was a four-year starter and led them to top-five finishes all four years she played.
During her sophomore year she needed a shoulder surgery that took her out of competition for six months.
This surgery plus the revelation that her father had Type 2 diabetes helped her find her passion for weight training and fitness and was voted "Most Conditioned Athlete" on her team a record three times.
After college she played on the AVP Professional Beach Volleyball Tour and also represented the USA Volleyball internationally in countries all over the world.
After her playing days were over she became instrumental in building Jackson Strength with her husband Curtis. Jackson Strength is a facility specializing in training athletes of all ages, shapes and sizes.
Due to their passion for learning and love of lifting, they were able to turn Jackson Strength into a premier facility for athletic performance and injury prevention in the San Diego area.
She has learned from legends in the strength and conditioning world and holds certifications from NASM, CPPS, RYT and CFSP.
She loves lifting weights, yoga, yummy healthy foods, mentoring youth athletes, and spending time with her family.
Curtis Jackson - owner/founder
Curtis Jackson is the Founder, Head Strength Coach and Co-Owner of Jackson Strength. He is also the current fitness expert for DiG Magazine and contributor to About.com’s volleyball training page.
As an athlete, Curtis played collegiate volleyball at what he claims to be the finest institution for higher learning on the planet, Long Beach State. He also played professionally on the country’s premier domestic beach volleyball tour, the AVP.
Curtis holds certifications from The National Association of Sports Medicine, The Poliquin International Certification Program, USA Weightlifting, The CHEK Institute, and has completed the Elite Baseball Mentorship at Cressey Performance. He is also a Certified Physical Preparation Specialist under Joe DeFranco and Jim “Smitty” Smith.
He is passionate about learning and credits this for his success in the Strength and Conditioning field. As an athlete, Curtis dealt with chronic knee pain and two knee surgeries. This is the main reason why he is also very passionate about keeping youth athletes healthy and off the surgeon’s table.
Most importantly, he is happily married to his wife Krystal and is an ecstatic father two young boys named Dylan and Slater
JEFFREY TAI — HEAD TRAINER
Jeff “Big Money” Tai is our very first hire outside of the family. He came to us as an intern at San Diego State where he was pursuing his B.S. in Kinesiology. Very quickly we recognized his value and passion for coaching and made him a part-time employee.
Once he graduated last Spring we were pumped to find out he had aspirations to work for us full-time. Jeff is known for his ability to relate to anyone, his positive approach to coaching, and his vast knowledge on topics such as Olympic Lifting and calisthenics.
Originally from Taiwan, Jeff moved to the states where played youth basketball in Texas at an elite level. Although basketball is more of a recreational sport for him now, he continues to train himself at the highest level in pursuit of being selected for American Ninja Warrior.
Jeff loves variety in his training style and loves to include explosive exercises and anything that challenges coordination.
He is passionate about instilling positivity into everyone he trains and that is big part of why he loves his job at Jackson Strength. Outside of the gym he loves to try new activities and recipes for healthy food and keeps up on the latest scientific breakthroughs.
Jeff has received certifications from USA Weightlifting and the National Academy of Sports Medicine. He is also a Certified Physical Preparation Specialist under Joe DeFranco and Jim “Smitty” Smith.
Luc RENNIE — COACH
Luc started with the Jackson Strength team 3 years ago as an intern while he was training for a career as a professional baseball player. He went to Torrey Pines high school where he played all-around for the Falcons for two years on Varsity. While with the Falcons he earned All-CIF and San Diego Section honors, as well as pitcher of the year in the Palomar League.
After his senior year he was drafted in the 16th round by the Baltimore Orioles as a pitcher. Luc played three and a half years with the organization and spent last spring playing in Evansville, IN for the Evansville Otters of the Independent Frontier League, where they won the Frontier League Championship.
Over his career Luc has worked with many strength coaches at the professional level which has exposed to many training methods. From those experiences Luc truly understands how to train any athlete with a particular strength in training pitchers.
Luc Loves to be in the gym working with athletes of all ages and has a passion for strength training and nutrition. When he’s not busy at the gym or training for his own baseball career, you can find Luc at the beach surfing with his friends.
CHRISTOPHER ARRENTZ — COACH
Chris started seriously training for athleticism while preparing to enter the military. While there he learned just how important strength, endurance, durability and mental toughness were to being successful in his field. He ended his service after 10 years as a Explosive Ordinance Disposal Team Leader where one of his duties was designing and implementing strength and conditioning programs for his fellow teammates. He also worked with overweight and deconditioned soldiers, helping them lose weight and more importantly, helping them become all around more capable of meeting the physical demands that were expected of them. This really fostered his passion for training people and helping them reach their goals.
He left the military in late 2014 to pursue his AA in Health, Nutrition, and Kinesiology and is now full time at Cal State San Marcos. He loves training with kettlebells and finding new ways to physically challenge himself. He’s currently working on his Corrective Exercise Specialist Certification through NASM and he’s a Certified Fitness Trainer through the International Sports Science Association as well as a Level 1 Sport Performance Coach through USA Weightlifting. His hobbies include surfing, watching movies, learning about other cultures and reading and watching anything about Astronomy.
Majo Orellana - Coach
We are so fortunate to have Majo on board with us at Jackson Strength. Not only has she coached elite level athletes in beach volleyball, she is also an elite beach volleyball player herself.
The accolades are too numerous to name so we'll just go ahead and tell you that she has played in the Beach Volleyball World Championships, won three Central American Championships and almost qualified for the Rio Olympics.
Majo is a coach through and through. Whether it's on the sand or in the gym, she just wants to make a positive impact on all people she comes in contact with. She is very excited about taking her message to Latin America through our Online Training Program.
She is passionate about nutrition and strength training and a big reason is because the powerful combination of the two. By being diligent with these two things under Jackson Strength's guidance she was able to forego the knee surgery that her surgeons told her she had to have.
When she is not at Jackson Strength, she loves to coach youth athletes, relax, travel to her native country of Guatemala, workout, eat healthy food and read.
DYLAN GARGAS — COACH
Dylan originally began working out at Jackson Strength at the start of his sophomore year at Canyon Crest Academy where he was a pitcher for the Ravens. He quickly became a regular in the gym, as he worked hard in hopes of staying healthy, getting stronger, and potentially reaching his goal of playing D1 baseball. By the time he graduated from CCA he held the school record for most innings pitched and had committed to play college baseball at St. Mary’s in Northern California.
During a short stint at St. Mary’s, Dylan began to work with the head strength coach, Jon Gregory, to advance his knowledge about nutrition and sport specific training. Ultimately, Dylan elected to come home for the spring semester in order to focus on increasing his velocity on the mound while searching for a better fit to transfer to.
Dylan enjoys working with athletes of all ages and loves to help them reach their full potential. When he is not busy training or writing sports articles for the DailyZipper, Dylan enjoys watching sports and hanging out with his family and friends.
JOHNNY BAHAM — HIGH SCHOOL INTERN
Jonny began working out at Jackson Strength as a sophomore at La Costa Canyon High School in order to reach her goal of playing D1 collegiate beach volleyball. Shortly after joining, she made that dream a reality and committed to the University of Arizona.
Jonny earned her triple A rating at age 15 and has since renewed it several times, working towards her new goal of qualifying for the AVP main draw (Association of Volleyball Professionals).
Jonny is now a senior and continues to train hard at Wave Beach Club in preparation of competing at the highest collegiate level.
Because of her love of sports and enthusiasm for learning about the body, Jonny aims to major in physiology and further her studies in graduate school to become a physical therapist.
When not in the gym, Jonny can be found playing ukulele at the beach or coaching middle schoolers at Wave to achieve their goals of playing collegiate beach volleyball.
MARY ANN MURET — OFFICE MANAGER
Mary Ann joined us in January of 2016 as our Office Manager. Her main focus is maintaining smooth communication between the athlete, parents and trainers. She is somewhat of our Mother Hen as she has 2 of her kids training at Jackson Strength as well as many of their friends!
Mary Ann is an avid athlete and actually met her husband Tim at Moonlight Beach playing beach volleyball. They enjoy watching and playing beach volleyball with their 3 children Megan, Lance, and Kelly. She considers herself from the “Dinosaur Age” so will not list any credentials, except Teacher, Customer Service, and Office Support.
She loves the experiences that her children are exposed to at Jackson Strength, saying “They are getting great training & nutrition advice, while working out among peers from rival high schools, and have created a great camaraderie that will continue throughout their college years.
I love seeing the energy of the coaches as they encourage the athletes to push themselves and each other. It is a great environment to become stronger both physically, mentally, and emotionally. So glad to be a part of it!!”