RYAN GILLESPIE, MS

Owner – General Manager

Ryan grew up in the Philadelphia area where sports and exercise was a driving force in his life. Ryan was a multi-sport athlete in soccer, wrestling, and volleyball in high school.

Ryan attended Slippery Rock University and earned his Bachelors and Masters degree in Exercise Science. While in undergrad, Ryan was 3x regional All-American in soccer and captain his junior and senior year. While completing his Masters degree Ryan was the assistant coach for both men’s and women’s soccer programs. After college, Ryan was a member of the US National Beach Soccer Team from 2004-2006.

Ryan’s professional career has spanned over 20 years in health and wellness and helping people and organizations achieve their goals. His experience includes corporate wellness and fitness/recreation facility management for non-profit organizations and universities. Ryan is currently an Adjunct Professor for the Exercise Science Dept. at UNCW and Ryan previously managed and designed award-winning wellness programs for PPD’s global headquarters here in Wilmington.

Certifications/Training:

LesMills BodyCombat

Reebok Indoor Cycling

Total Resistance Exercise (TRX) Qualified Suspension Trainer and Rip Trainer

Wellness Council of America (WELCOA) Faculty member – 2014

Office/Lab Ergonomic Training from GSK Occupational Health and Safety

Presentations:

Lower Cape Fear HR Assn. – Tools to Create an Effective Wellness Program – 2015

Southeast Area Health Education Ctr. – The Role of the Employer in Employee Wellness – 2015

Philly-Fit Magazine Festival, awarded Most Athletic Workout – 2011, 2012

Pennsylvania Public Health Association Annual Conference in 1997


JAKE HAMBY, MS, CSCS, FMSC

Head Strength and Conditioning Coach

Jake is originally from the Cleveland, Ohio area. He went to high school at Notre Dame Cathedral Latin High School and played both basketball & baseball. He was recruited by Lenoir Community College to play baseball but ultimately transferred to UNCW.

Growing up an athlete and having the opportunity to play college baseball led Jake into the Exercise Science department at UNCW which is when he began to consider a career in Sports Performance Enhancement and Strength & Conditioning. In January 2016, Jake accepted an internship at Bommarito Performance Systems in Miami, FL. At BPS, he had the chance to work with Major League Baseball, National Football League, and College Football Athletes getting ready for the NFL Draft. In August 2016 Jake passed the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).

After passing his CSCS exam Jake here at Peak Athletics and was a Strength & Conditioning Coach for Cape Fear Community College. In 2018 Jake continued his education at the University of South Florida. While in graduate school he interned with the Toronto Blue Jays, East Carolina University, and the University of South Florida. Upon graduating in December 2019 Jake accepted a Strength and Conditioning Coach position with the Philadelphia Phillies in Clearwater, FL.

He is back in Wilmington while he waits for the season to resume, and in the meantime he is excited to be working with PEAK Athletics!

Certifications:

National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)

Bommarito Performance Systems (BPS) Level 1 Coach

Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)

Functional Movement Screen (FMS) Level 1

Adult First Aid, CPR/AED


Berkley Hall, CSCS, CPT

Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach

Berkley grew up in Ashland, VA playing soccer and basketball. She earned all conference accolades for her participation in high school soccer, as well as earning many team awards as the starting goalkeeper for Patrick Henry High School. Throughout high school she worked as a coach for Own The Goal, a local company geared towards goalkeeper development.

She attended the University of North Carolina Wilmington, playing D1 soccer as a goalkeeper. After completing her playing career, she developed a passion for weightlifting, fitness, and sports performance. Her Bachelors degree in Exercise Science furthered her passion for weightlifting and performance, giving her an avenue to create a career out of the things she loves. While in undergrad Berkley completed an internship at PEAK under the supervision of Ryan Gillespie and learned many valuable lessons regarding exercise, fitness, athlete development, and coaching as a whole.

Berkley participates in powerlifting, but loves to complete workouts of all kinds to continue improving as a person as well as a coach. No matter what your fitness goals are, Berkley will help you achieve them.

Certifications:

National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)

National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)


Zack Moore

Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach

Zack is from Wake Forest, North Carolina and grew up competing in gymnastics and baseball. He played baseball throughout his life and eventually won a state championship at South Granville High School. After high school, he continued his baseball career for two more years at Louisburg College. This is where he found his love for strength and conditioning and wanted to gain more knowledge.  He completed an internship here at PEAK Athletics and received his degree in Exercise Science from The University of North Carolina Wilmington. He is passionate about exercising and helping others reach their fitness goals. His goal is to help athletes of all sports reach their potential and improve their overall performance.


Katie Venditti

Yoga Instructor

Katie was first introduced to yoga while living in the Philippines in 2016. Yoga offered her a safe place to stretch and move after a surf session. However, it wasn’t until 2018, when she moved back to North Carolina, that she took her yoga to another level, falling in love with Hot Flow Power classes.

She graduated in November 2019 from Wilmington Yoga Centers Kunga YTT 200hr program. She is trained under Jess Bichler, Trey Barefoot, and Kristen Cooper. She is inspired by yogic philosophy for the health of the body, mind, and spirit and uses yoga as a way to be accountable for her health. Katie was born with Cystic Fibrosis and believes that yoga helped save her life, focusing on deepening her breath, strengthening her body, and keeping a positive attitude. Katie loves sharing her joy for yoga with everyone around her and feels passionate about helping others through their practice. Her mission is to provide a safe place for people to explore their bodies, test their limits, and get to know oneself more deeply.