Namon Johnson

Owner and Head Trainer

Namon is the owner and head trainer at NJ Elite Performance. He has dedicated himself to the fitness industry and holds the following certifications: Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Trainer, Speed, Agility, Strength & Conditioning Coach, Russian Kettlebell Instructor through Dragon Door Publications and Insanity Instructor. He attended Carthage College in Wisconsin where he received his Bachelor's Degree in Business and Marketing in 2007.

Namon was a devoted athlete while he was competing.  While in High School he played Varsity football, where he was awarded All Conference Linebacker and Running Back, Team Captain, two time team MVP and team Offensive Player of the Year. He participated in Track and Field, Wrestling (where he was once again awarded team Co-MVP) and Basketball. While attending Carthage College he was a Varsity football player for four years. During his Sophomore year he was one of the team Captains and helped lead the RedMen to their 2004-2005 Conference Championship! After Namon graduated college he went on to play Semi-Professional football for the Antioch Sting in 2012 where once again he was a team Captain.

At NJ Elite Performance, you can find Namon instructing strength and conditioning classes, small group training sessions, personal training, Sport team training and coaching sports performance classes. He works with athletes and adults of all ages.

Namon specializes in Russian Kettlebells, Functional Movement training, Speed and Agility, Power and Olympic style lifting and weight loss/management.

While Namon is not training at NJ Elite, you can find him on the field at Johnsburg High School where he is the Defensive Line Coach and also the district Strength and Conditioning Coach. He loves  participating in obstacle course challenges, 5k-10k runs, and has the future goal of conquering a Half Ironman!

Ashley Starr

General Manager , Personal Trainer, Nutrition Coach

Ashley is the General Manager of NJ Elite Performance as well as a certified Russian Kettlebell Instructor through Dragon Door Publications. She attended the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater where she received her Bachelor’s in Science of Education and an endorsement in teaching Special Education in 2011.

Ashley was a multiple sport athlete while she was competing, including: basketball, volleyball and track. Now that she is no longer playing competitively, she is coaching boys and girls basketball at Johnsburg Junior High School. This year marks Ashley’s 8th season as a head basketball coach.

At NJ Elite Performance, you can find Ashley instructing strength and conditioning classes, small group training sessions, personal training and developing personalized nutrition plans. She works with athletes and adults of all ages.

Ashley specializes in Russian Kettlebells, Olympic-style lifting, strength and conditioning, circuit-based and endurance style training and weight-loss/management coaching. When you can’t find Ashley training, you will find her studying nutrition and creating nutritional plans for clients.

Ashley’s future goal aside from growing with NJ Elite Performance is to continue her career as a competitive Figure Athlete.  Click here to sign up with Ashley!


Thomas Kinney

Sports Performance Coach

Thomas graduated from Southern Illinois University where he obtained a Bachelors in Exercise Science. He is currently attending medical school where his end goal is to receive his doctorate in chiropractic medicine with a specialization in neurology.

aside from education, thomas holds a very impressive athletic background. he was the captain of his high school football team (johnsburg) where he played wide receiver, punter/kicker and defensive back. He holds the record for second most receiving yards.

in college thomas kicked in every single game during his 4 years there. he was awarded all-conference honors and pre-season all-american along with a handful of other school records.

based on his collegiate performance he was invited to compete in a pro nfl specialist combine where he was qualified to kick in the nfl with free agent status and is currently in training for such goal.

thomas' professional goals include: becoming a professional kicker in the nfl or as he says "getting paid to kick a funny shaped ball between two yellow poles" and becoming a chiropractic neurologist specializing in athletes.

Lisa Oliver

Certified ZUMBA Instructor

Lisa is a happily married new mother of a beautiful daughter and small dog. While Lisa is not instructing Zumba she is teaching 3rd Grade at Johnsburg Elementary School.
Growing up, Lisa has always had a talent for dance. She participated in Pom-poms, hip-hop classes and started taking Zumba classes in college.
Although she is new to instructing Zumba, she has been an active participant for almost 10 years.
Her classes have combined her background in education and her passion for dance to bring you a fun and engaging workout experience. Lisa’s Zumba classes will have a very modern twist to the already intense and fun Zumba layout.  

Lena Rogers

team member

Lena is a very fun and energetic athlete who has many years of sports under her belt. She is a former baseball, volleyball, Powder Puff Football and track athlete who solely focuses on travel softball now. Lena plays for Mc Henry High School and Heatwave 18u travel team and trains here with us at NJ Elite. Not only has she been playing for over  years but she just recently won MVP in a college exposure camp this past summer!
In Lena's spare time she likes to go running, spending time with her friends and listening to music. Her future goals are to either join the Military or the Police Force. 
Lena comes from a very large family with two tough older brothers and has spent a lot of time babysitting and caring for young ones of all ages. She is very soft spoken, kind and caring when it comes to anyone's precious children. When peeking on your children in the Kids Club, you will find Lena playing games, reading or being silly! Your kids will be sure to have a blast with Lena while you can be carefree in class!