Owner, CEO, Performance Coach
(MS, CSCS, FMS, PN1)
Kevin Kochiss the CEO and founder of KMK and is a certified strength and conditioning specialist. Fitness and athletic performance have always been his passion. He was a multi-sport athlete throughout his life and was fortunate enough to participate in collegiate athletics for the University of Rhode Island. At the University of Rhode Island, he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science, as well as his certification as a strength and conditioning specialist from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He is an active NSCA member and is constantly learning about new research in his field. After graduating, he was able to land an internship at Yale University where he exclusively programmed workouts for the men and women’s golf and tennis teams, as well as assisted in all varsity team training, including the 2018 Division 1 National Champion Lacrosse team. From there, he furthered his education by earning his Master’s Degree in Human Performance with a concentration in Sports Medicine at Southern Connecticut State University.
(MS Exercise Science/Human Performance, CSCS)
Justin Thomas is the Director of Performance at KMK. He is a former collegiate athlete at both Western New England University and Southern Connecticut State University where he played middle linebacker and completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science and got his certification in strength and conditioning (CSCS). Justin has been working in the strength and conditioning field since 2014 and worked in the rehab/clinical setting for 3 years prior to getting his Master’s Degree in Science Education and is now a high school science teacher at Wilton High School. Justin is a certified coach by the state of Connecticut and serves as a varsity football coach (Fairfield Prep) and a pitching coach (Weston High School) and has over 7 years of coaching experience. Justin has since completed his Master’s Degree in Exercise Science with a concentration in Human Performance.
(BS Kinesiology/Psychology, NSCA, CSCS)
Ben graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2017 with a BS in Kinesiology and a minor in Psychology. Upon graduation, Ben immersed himself into the Strength & Conditioning field interning for Mass Football and Sacred Heart University. Prior to joining KMK, Ben was the Head Strength & Conditioning coach for Rugby United New York, the first professional rugby team in NYC during their first pro season apart of Major League Rugby.
He is certified through the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).
Outside of KMK, Ben continues his passion for Rugby, coaching at the high school level and continuing to play for a local men’s team.
Chris Elias is an NASM Certified Personal Trainer at KMK. He is a former collegiate athlete from Southern Connecticut State University where he was a Quarterback and Wide Receiver while earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science.
Chris spends a great deal of time as the KMK head Strength Coach at Notre Dame High School where he trains all sports teams. He is a certified in CPR/AED.
(BS Exercise Science with a concentration in Exercise & Fitness)
Abby is a NASM CPT certified personal trainer at KMK. She graduated from the University of Bridgeport in 2021 with a Bachelor’s degree in Health Science, a concentration in Exercise/Fitness & a minor in Psychology. She played Division II soccer her 4 years at the University and was named captain her senior year. She was also part of the National Champion winning team of 2018. Abby received Deans’s List for 3 years and President’s List her last year at UB.
Abby has grown up playing the game of soccer as well as coaching the game where she found her interest to train all aged athletes to advance their performance both on and off the field.
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists® (CSCS®) are professionals who apply scientific knowledge to train athletes for the primary goal of improving athletic performance. They conduct sport-specific testing sessions, design and implement safe and effective strength training and conditioning programs and provide guidance regarding nutrition and injury prevention. Recognizing that their area of expertise is separate and distinct, CSCSs consult with and refer athletes to other professionals when appropriate.
National Academy of Sports Medicine:
NASM certifications are the most sought after in the personal trainer industry, as its systems and methodologies represent the “gold standard” in fitness. In fact, the organization’s certifications require the most comprehensive knowledge of human movement science, functional anatomy, physiology and kinesiology, as well as functional assessment and program design. NASM solution-focused certifications create trainers who enhance the performance and knowledge of their fitness staff, provide a consistent training experience, and help reduce injuries. -NASM.org
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Developed over 15 years, and proven with over 100,000 clients, the Precision Nutrition curriculum stands alone as the authority on the science of nutrition and the art of coaching. -PrecisionNutrition.com