Bob Takano has developed and coached some of the best weightlifters in the U.S. for the past 39 years.Â A 2007 inductee into the U.S.A. Weightlifting Hall of Fame, he has coached four national champions, 7 national record holders and 28 top 10 nationally ranked lifters.Â His articles haveÂ been published by the NSCA and the International Olympic Committee and helped to establish standards for the coaching of the Olympic lifts.Â He is a former member of the editorial board of the NSCAÂ Journal, and an instructor for the UCLA Extension program.
A graduate of McQueen High School in Reno, Ali McKnightÂ earned All-America honors in the heptathlon at the 1995 NCAA Championships. Her second-place finish in the event marked the highest a female Wolf Pack track and field competitor had ever placed in the national competition. She competed in both the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Trials in the heptathlon. A two-rime Big West Conference Athlete of the Year in 1994 and 1995, McKnightÂ captured back-to-back conference titles in the 100 meters, 200 meters and 100 meter hurdles. In 1995, she led Nevada to a runner-up finish to Utah State at the conference meet, which was the highest the Wolf Pack had finished in the Big West Championships. McKnight went on to post the second-fastest 200-meter time in the history of the heptathlon and later earned a spot on the 2000 U.S. Womenâ€™s World Cup Bobsled team.Â Ali currently works in the fitness industry.Â http://www.alifitness.com