our 5 step fitness system

Athlon is the premiere fitness and performance coaching company serving San Luis Obispo, Templeton and Paso Robles; We help driven professionals look, feel, and perform at their best.

Unlike other gyms with inexperienced personal trainers and a one-size-fits-all approach, Athlon has a team of coaches with 70 years of combined experience, who provide highly personalized attention and scientifically proven gym workouts and nutrition programs.

Founded in 2003 by fitness and performance specialist Ryan Joiner, the Athlon team has helped over ten thousand San Luis Obispo County residents find the best version of themselves, physically and mentally, in a fun and supportive community environment. We’re endorsed by local medical experts as well as trusted by many high profile athletes from Major League Baseball, the NCAA, the UFC, and the PGA Tour. No matter what your goal, or age, Athlon can help you look, feel, and perform at your best and create the life you want!

step #1 define your goals

We help you define your goal(s) clearly and accurately, then we plot the fastest way to get you there.


We establish baseline data to know your starting point, clearly define the target steps, and then accurately measure progress towards that target. This way you know exactly where you are in relation to your goal(s). (this is a critical step that most others leave out).


Fitness and performance program design is a science as well as an art form. This is where our expertise and unparalleled experience is invaluable. No generic, one-size-fits-all program you get off the internet can compare to our dynamic fitness programming.


You get expert coaching and accountability from our experienced and educated personal trainers, all of whom have an unmatched track record of success helping Central Coast folks just like you. Athlon created the standard for high-level fitness and performance coaching here in San Luis Obispo in 2003, and expanded our reach to Templeton and Paso Robles in 2019. We help you create the life you want!


This is how we “dial-in” your personalized program, optimizing it as we move forward. This is such a big piece of the puzzle (truly a fitness ‘secret’ that so few are using), and something that simply cannot be done without a trained eye and years of experience. This is the only way to achieve maximum results in minimum time.

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“MMA FIGHTER SAW IMPROVEMENTS AS A PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE, PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY! Athlon Elite has improved my performance as a professional athlete, both physically and mentally! I have never felt better about my well-being and now have a healthier outlook towards not only my career but my goals in life.”

-Scott Lighty, MMA Fighter

“I just got re-measured and my chest and arm measurements went up and my waist went down… which is exactly what I wanted. I can now see my abs! I’m a lot stronger and feel better than ever… which also makes me feel better about myself. I look forward to my workouts at Athlon every day. It’s like going to be with family.”

-Greg Rowan

SHE LOST 24 POUNDS AND 9% BODY FAT! “Thanks to Athlon, and especially Amy, for all of her support and encouragement. I really do feel “transformed” and know I couldn’t have achieved this level of success without her…”

-Sheri Bruner

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