Just a Couple Spots Left for Jo Ann’s Women’s Strength Program

Aug 6th, 2013

Category: Emeryville

Just a Couple Spots Left for Jo Ann’s Women’s Strength Program

The women from Jo Ann’s last session showing the fruits of their labor


Jo Ann is kicking off another 6-week cycle for her Women’s Strength Class.  She’s going to run two sessions, with both sessions starting Thursday, August 15th.  The class is limited to 12 females, and there are currently a couple of spots left in each session.  Session A will run Thursday from 5pm to 6:30pm and Sunday from 10am to 11:30am (starting Thu Aug 15th and finishing Sun Sep 22nd).  Session B will run Thursday from 6:30pm to 8pm and Saturday from 9am to 10:30am (starting Thu Aug 15th and finishing Sat Sep 21st).  The cost for the class is $180 for all 12 sessions, paid up front.

All classes will take place at the back of CFO in Max’s Gym.

All of the women who’ve taken Jo Ann’s strength class so far have seen great results and have had nothing but good things to say.  To register for one of the sessions, contact Jo Ann directly via email.

About Jo Ann:

Jo Ann Aita, currently 42 years of age, has been training and competing in Olympic Weightlifting since 2003 . She is a National Medalist and currently holds both Snatch and Clean & Jerk Records in the Pacific Weightlifting Association.  Despite starting weightlifting at the age of 33, and rehabbing two shoulder surgeries in 2010, she was able to come back with PR lifts at the Olympic Trials last year, placing 5th overall in the 117-lb weight class, against many competitors half her age!

At the recent Women’s  Pro-Am meet in November 2012, Jo Ann went 9/9 setting a New World Record Powerlifting Total in the Raw w/wraps category. She also broke the American Raw Deadlift record, which has stood since 1981.  Her lifts at 114 lbs bodyweight:

Back Squat: 309 lbs,  Bench Press: 165 lbs, Deadlift: 375 lbs,  Total: 849 lbs

Jo Ann was also a Track & Field and Cross Country athlete for over a decade and competed for UCLA.  She is a USA Weightlifting Certified Coach and has been getting lifters strong for the past 4 years.  She is a Certified Massage Therapist, specializing in Sports Massage and Deep Tissue Work, with a Bay Area Practice for the past 14 years.  Jo Ann has accomplished all of this while raising a child, managing 3 careers, and running a gym!

Jo Ann Aita stats at 114/117lb weight class:

Snatch:  154 lbs
Clean:  194 lbs
Jerk:  185 lbs
Back Squat:  309 lbs
Bench Press:  165 lbs
Deadlift:  375 lbs 


  1. Denise Ashford August 7, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    HI.Where do I sign up for the women strength camp with joanne. I would love to do the 630 Thursday/ Saturday slot!