A member of the 2017 USA Powerlifting National Team, Jason Manenkoff received his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from the State University of New York, Cortland Campus in 2005. He attained certification as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) by the National Strength and Conditioning Association and is a Level II Track and Field Coach certified by the USATF in the Sprint and Jump events. He has written for publications including VPX Sports, EliteFts, and "Powerlifter Today". Jason holds credentials as both a referee and coach with the United States Powerlifting Association (USPA) and also serves as the State Chairman of New Jersey.
During Jason's undergraduate years he excelled in Track and Field competing in the 55 meter to 400 meter sprint events as well as the Long Jump. Following graduation he continued to compete in these events. His PR's include a 10.94 in the 100 meters, 21.98 200 meters, and 22'11.75 in the Long Jump.
Jason's focus soon shifted, and his transition from Track and Field to Powerlifting was finalized in 2010 when he decided to commit himself exclusively to this sport. His best lifts include a 425 lb. bench press, 529 lb. Squat, 567 lb. Deadlift and 1510 lb. total (#9 currently USA, #33 All-Time regardless of Federation or Drug Testing) all unequipped, without the use of knee wraps and Drug-Tested in the 165 lb. weight class. Jason's most recent and perhaps one of his most prestigious accomplishments is his bronze medal finish at the 2017 IPF Raw Bench Press World Championships. Contest and training footage may be seen on his YouTube and Instagram pages.
Jason has acquired vast and varied experience as both a nationally ranked competitive athlete, and as a Performance Coach in both the private sector and the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association). It has always been Jason's goal to create a training environment for his clients/lifters that is highly conducive to results. Iron Arena Powerlifting & Performance was developed to be the absolute best place to train in Northern NJ. The atmosphere, training knowledge, and equipment are unparalleled.
Cynthia St. Clair is a graduate of NYU with a Bachelor’s of Science in Movement/Dance Education. In 2005, after a six-year dance career in New York City, she completed the Advanced Level II Training program and received her training certification from The Kane School of Core Integration (NYC). She is also certified as a Kettlebell Lifting Instructor from Kettlebell Concepts.
In 2012, Cynthia delved into the opposite end of the training spectrum and began training for the sport of Powerlifting. Under the direction of her coach, Jason Manenkoff, she continues to compete in the sport of Powerlifting as a member of Iron Arena. Cynthia is a USPA (United States Powerlifting Association) State Level Referee and Powerlifting Coach. She was the first female in the state of New Jersey to attain both credentials.
Cynthia is the sole proprietor of Intermix Strength and Intermix Pilates.