our team


We take immense pride in the education and experience of our staff and their ability to help our members and clients. You won’t find a more knowledgeable, passionate, driven, ELITE team of fitness professionals on the Central Coast.

ryan joiner MS, CSCS, Owner/Founder

Ryan is openly endorsed as the “go to fitness expert” in San Luis Obispo County. He has been sought after to present his innovative fitness, wellness, and rehabilitation topics to many large organizations in San Luis Obispo County, like PG&E, Morris & Garritano, The Family Care Network, French Hospital, Cal Trans, The Department of Social Services, Exchange Club, Rotary Club and Kiwana’s.

Ryan’s client list reads as a “Who’s-Who” of leading local as well as professional athletes, leading business professionals, and good ol’ “regular Joe’s” (like he claims to be himself). And since starting his career in 1996 and launching Athlon in 2003 one could easily say that Ryan’s fitness and performance services has improved the lives of literally thousands of San Luis Obispo County residents.

Ryan started Athlon because it was the obvious progression of his passion to help people look, feel, and perform at their best. A black-belt in Karate, he competed as a kickboxer achieving a ranking of #3 in North America by the International Kickboxing Federation. He’s always loved competing and maintaining optimum fitness levels and loves helping others achieve their “elite” self too.  

He was raised on a farm here in California where the hard physical labor made him strong and athletic, and the typically long, farmer-life days developed his “hard-headed” work ethic. He is a “never-say-die” kind of person and you’ll often find him working hard here at Athlon (either in the facility with a client or construction project, or in his office researching new fitness programs). He endeavors to be an innovator in the fitness and performance industry and make an impact on the lives of San Luis Obispo County residents.  Bottom line: he’s helped thousands of people improve their lives through better fitness and performance – and he can help you too.


California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo – 2003 

        – Masters of Science in Kinesiology 

California State University, Fresno – 1996 

        – Bachelors of Science in Exercise Physiology

Cuesta College – 1993

        – Associates of Arts

        – Associates of Science

National Strength & Conditioning Association

        – Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

Z-Health Performance Solutions

        – Neuro-Performance Specialist

        – Neuro- Re-education Specialist

        – Neuro- Integration Specialist

        – Neuro- Therapeutic Specialist

USA Weightlifting

        – Level 1 Sports Performance Coach

Cory Johnston MS, CSCS, RKC II, USAW, Pn2

Hailing from the college party town of Chico, California, Cory decided to attend Cal Poly and major in Nutrition, especially its effects on sports performance. Cory was a baseball player all of his youth and through High School. He always had a strong determination to be in the best shape for the start of each baseball season which ultimately sparked his interest in sport specific conditioning and nutrition. 

During his time at Cal Poly he worked as an Exercise Room Assistant at the Cal Poly Rec Center and loved the various types of people he would come across in that fitness setting, (young athletes to retired faculty). Cory enjoys following the sport of bodybuilding and fitness contests and wrote his senior project on Creatine Supplementation and Athletic Performance.

He loves helping people reach their goals and being a positive influence in their life. He also likes staying active and playing softball to scratch that baseball itch. Cory believes in hard work and a consistent nutrition program to get fitness results and he’s ready to help people achieve that.


California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo – 2017 

        – Masters of Science in Kinesiology 

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo – 2010 

        – Bachelors of Science in nutrition with a concentration in Nutritional Science, Minor in Biology 

National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) 

        – Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) 

USA Weightlifting 

        – Level 1 Sports Performance Coach 

Russian Kettlebell Certification (RKC) 

        – Level 2 Certified 

Precision Nutrition 

        – Level 2 Certified Master Class Nutrition Coach

Z-Health Performance Solutions

        – Neuro- Re-education Specialist

        – Neuro- Intergration Specialist

        – Neuro- Therapeutic Specialist

Angela Johnston BS, ACSM CPT, PN1

Angela grew up loving the sun and the sand in Ventura County, CA. Her interest in an active lifestyle began at an early age when, due to excess energy as a child, she was enrolled in gymnastics and progressed through the competitive levels for nine years. It was after this sport career (& the injuries that came with it) that she became interested in the world of personal training, athletic training and physical therapy & found her way into Cal Poly.

She thrived in the Kinesiology program and truly developed a love for all things exercise and movement related. She concurrently did internships in both the strength and conditioning room for Cal Poly athletics and here at Athlon Elite. Guess which one she liked best… She graduated with her bachelors in Kinesiology and a minor in Sports Nutrition in 2011 and quickly began moving up the ranks here at Athlon, eventually becoming an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer and a Senior Trainer here at Athlon.

Angela is the “jack of all trades” here at Athlon. On any given day you’ll see her training clients, answering phones, and giving sales tours! She loves creating new and exciting ways to make exercise fun, and likes to think of her enthusiasm for fitness as contagious. She is incredibly curious of peoples’ likes and dislikes inside and outside of the gym and strives to be friendly and approachable. So if you spot her in the gym, feel free to seek her out for any sort of exercise advice, nutritional counseling or just a good old fashion chit chat!


California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA – 2011 

        – Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, Minor in Sports Nutrition 

American College of Sports Medicine 

        – Certified Personal Trainer

Precision Nutrition

        – Level 1 Certified Nutrition Coach

jasmine pickett BS, CSCS

Jasmine was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Urbana, Ohio. Sports and fitness have been a part of her life from a very young age. At the age of two, her mother placed her in gymnastics after observing her doing a perfect cartwheel to pick up her toys. Jasmine pursued a gymnastics career for over fourteen years competing all over the country.

Along with gymnastics, Jasmine was also very active in the sport of track and field. During her sophomore year of high school, she decided to make track and field her sport of choice and retired her gymnastics leotard. Jasmine competed as a long jumper/triple jumper and sprinter while in high school. During her high school career, she became the long jump state champion as well as the school record holder in the long jump. Her senior year she was approached by Cal Poly’s track and field program. Jasmine received a full scholarship to Cal Poly in 2007 where she competed on its division 1 track and field team. She earned the title of 2-time All-American in the triple jump throughout her time at Cal Poly. Jasmine has continued pursuing her triple jump career as a post collegiate athlete. She currently trains with her previous college coach in hopes of competing in the 2016 summer Olympic games as an American triple jumper in Brazil.. 

During her time at Cal Poly, Jasmine majored in Kinesiology. She loved the kinesiology department and was able to relate so much of what she learned in the class room to her everyday life, especially her athletic side. She planned to go to Physician Assistant school after graduating Cal Poly, however, after working in a physical therapy clinic for a while her plans changed. It was there in the physical therapy environment that Jasmine found a love for physical therapy and personal training. The idea of taking an individual who was injured or had been injured and providing them with an exercise program that allowed them to get back to their activity of choice really resignated with her. She became certified as a strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association in hopes of training individuals using many of the injury prevention and rehabilitation methods in physical therapy. 

In 2016, Jasmine became a member of the Athlon Elite personal training family. Jasmine is very excited to be a part of the Athlon team. She looks forward to working with her clients each day and helping them reach the goals they have set for themselves. Jasmine strives to get to know every person she trains and works hard to create an atmosphere where each individual feels safe and encouraged. When Jasmine isn’t training at Athlon, she loves to spend her time writing and playing music and of course riding her unicycle! Ask her about the “power of the one wheel”!  


California Southern University, CA – 2019

        – Master of Arts in Sports Psychology

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA – 2012

        – Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology

National Strength and Conditioning Association

        – Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

Briana Arteaga BS, NASM-CPT 

A local to San Luis Obispo County, Briana contracted her love for fitness in her first year of college. She found herself jumping into activities around the Central Coast like roller skating, hiking, running, weightlifting, and recently Spartan races!

After working closely with patients and therapists in a small PT practice, Briana decided to change her major from environmental science to Kinesiology. She attended three years at Allan Hancock before entering the Kinesiology Program at Cal Poly, finishing in 2017.

After graduating, she jetted across the continent to work with a fitness group in Toronto Canada where she managed the facility and helped to develop content and workouts for an online app and program. She feels extremely blessed to be apart of the Athlon team and cannot wait to see the progress our clients attain over the next years.


Alan Hancock, Santa Maria, CA – 2014

        -Associates of Liberal Arts

California Polytechnic State University, SLO, CA – 2017

        -Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology

National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)

        -Certified Personal Trainer

kathy horlings  

Kathy has been helping Athlon run efficiently since 2010. She brings many years of business experience as well as a love of fitness and nutrition to Athlon, (and the ability to get sh@# done!…) Shortly after moving to Paso Robles to start a new business with her husband, Kathy became a Private Training client at Athlon. When the position for an Administrative Assistant became available Kathy immediately applied. 

Athlon was exactly what she was looking for in a company: a positive environment, an opportunity to help people reach their goals, and the ability to have a flexible schedule to do what she loves best… travel! Since then she has taken over Athlon’s Member Services Department as well as accounting and human resources. She’s a great leader and an invaluable asset to the team Athlon and it’s members. 

When Kathy is not planning her next getaway vacation she enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, hiking the local trails, wine tasting, and playing pickleball. Kathy also fulfills her passion for fitness and nutrition by staying up to date on the most current research trends. She looks forward to not only reaching her personal best at Athlon but also being an integral part of Athlon’s future growth.  

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