Jonathan Barber is a Strength and Conditioning Coach, certified through the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He graduated from Mississippi State University with a B.S. in Kinesiology. There, he worked with the men’s and women’s basketball teams and spirit squads. While attending Mississippi State University, he met the most influential person in his career, his wife, Madison. Additionally, he holds an M.S. in Applied Exercise Physiology from Mississippi College, where he oversaw the men’s and women’s basketball teams, men’s soccer, and track and field teams while assisting with football.
Barber is from Atlanta, GA, where he recently experienced one of his most memorable moments in baseball – watching the Atlanta Braves win Game 4 of the World Series against the Houston Astros. Barber says that he’ll never forget attending this game in his hometown with his family.
Barber’s coaching philosophy stems from his background and the performance side of baseball. He wants to improve athletic performance on the field and decrease the risk of injury, while meeting his ultimate goal of building the all-around athlete. To accomplish this, Barber coaches ground-based, multi-joint, 3-D movements through multiple styles: Olympic weightlifting, powerlifting, body building, speed, agility, and conditioning. He wants his athletes to run fast, jump high, get strong, stay conditioned and be mobile.
His greatest advice for a younger athlete is consistency. Barber says that if you are consistent, good things will happen. The skills, work ethic, teammate performance and more will improve simply by being consistent. He mentions a quote by Collin Crane, “How you do anything is how you do everything.”