Personal Trainers/ Strength and Conditioning Coaches


Jason Rulo  CSCS, CISSN, HFS

Location: Chesterfield, MO

Degree: Bachelor of Science in Health Management/ Fitness and Sports Medicine from Southeast Missouri State University.

Certifications: American College of Sports Medicine certified Health/ Fitness Instructor, National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, International Society of Sports Nutrition Certified, IDEA Recognized Master Personal Fitness Trainer.

Experience: He's trained nearly 1,200 personal training clients of all ages and backgrounds, initially in Tampa, FL, and then in St. Louis. Intern-Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at the University of South Florida. Intern-Strength and Conditioning Coach for the New York Yankees during the 2002 Spring Training. High School Strength and Conditioning/ Basketball Coach in St. Louis, MO. 2005 Show Me Naturals Bantamweight Bodybuilding Champion. In  addition, he was a participant at the 2012-2016 World’s Toughest Mudders  Jason has also competed at the Obstacle Course Racing World Championships in 2015 and 2016.

 Since starting Pinnacle in 2004, Jason has also presented at numerous clinics and seminars across to the region in order to pass on his knowledge and experience to a broader range of people.

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Mr. Rulo has made it a lifelong goal to improve the health and fitness levels of those who need his assistance. He's had the opportunity to implement his system with over 1,200 personal training clients of various ages and ability level. He also implemented programs with over 250 athletes of various levels. His exercise programs, along with the diet tips, have been so successful with such a wide variety of people that Mr. Rulo believes his HIMAX-Training system can help virtually anyone achieve the results they are looking for whether it's through traditional training or with the online program. If you work hard and follow Mr. Rulo's guidance then you will see results GUARANTEED whether you are a traditional or an online client.

Personal Trainer

Kari Morgan  MS
Chesterfield, MO and Monsanto Wellness Center

Degree: MS in Human Performance from Lindenwood University, BS in Exercise Science from Lindenwood University
Experience: Kari is a St. Louis native who has several years experience as a sports performance coach and personal trainer. She began her career as an intern for the HIT Center and then as a Graduate Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at Lindenwood University.  Kari also has experience as a College Instructor in Health and Fitness Sciences and as a Personal Training Certification Course Instructor.  She specializes in high intensity training and strength and conditioning programs. She has experience working with diverse populations including collegiate athletes, disabled athletes and general population.  Kari loves being a mentor to inspire and motivate her clients to reach their highest potential.

Director of Sports Performance

Tom Kelso  MS, MSCC, CSCS
Location: Chesterfield, MO
Degrees: M.S. in Physical Education from Western Illinois University (1984) and B.S. in
Recreation Education from the University of Iowa (1981)

Certifications: Master Strength and Conditioning Coach, Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCa) (2006), Strength and Conditioning Coach Certified, CSCCa (2002) National Strength and Conditioning Association CSCS (1990)

Experience: Tom is the current Performance Specialist at the St. Louis Police Academy as well as at the St. Louis Metro Police Department. Prior to becoming a Performance Coach at Pinnacle in 2008, Tom spent 23 years as a strength and conditioning coach at the college level as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at four schools. Most recently, Coordinator of Strength and Conditioning at Saint Louis University (2004-2008). Head Coach for Strength and Conditioning at the University of Illinois at Chicago (2001-2004), Southeast Missouri State University (1991-2001), and the University of Florida (1988-1990). Started in the strength and conditioning field as an Assistant Strength Coach at Florida in 1984, where he was also a weight training instructor for the Department of Physical Education from 1985 to 1988. A former track athlete at the University of Iowa, Kelso was a graduate assistant for the Western Illinois University men's track and field team in 1982-83 and was a men's and women's assistant track and field coach at Central Missouri State University in 1983-84. He has worked with athletes
at the Olympic and professional levels, presented at various clinics and seminars and has worked several athletic-related camps. A strong advocate of safe, practical and time-efficient training, Kelso has had numerous articles and book chapters published promoting those ideals. In addition to training clients, he has also published
The Interval Training Manual, The Strength Training Workout Encyclopedia and 100 of the Best Strength Training Workouts.  In addition, Tom provides a plethora of additional exercise references on his website www.tomkelso.com.


Amanda Olson- Former Miss Red Hot
                        Former Miss Hawaiian Tropic- Oklahoma
                        Former Bikini USA Model of the Year
                        Former NOPI National Swimsuit Champion
                        Former Miss Hawaiian Tropic- Missouri

"Pinnacle trainers have helped get me into the best shape of my life. I used to spend hours in the gym six days a week and couldn't get the results I was looking for. Now, Pinnacle has taught me how to maximize my time in the gym and gain even better results than before. Since working with Pinnacle, I have won 4 out of the last 5 bikini competitions I have entered!" -- Amanda Olson

Partial list of former athletes trained by Coach Kelso:

Florida Football:

Trace Armstrong- Chicago Bears, Miami Dolphins

Brad Culpepper - Minnesota Vikings, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Errict Rhett- Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Baltimore Ravens
    Errict Rhett on Coach Kelso:
"Thank you for all the hard work you put me through. It's really paying off. You said one day I'll get the chance to show what I can do. Sometimes I felt that you were the only one that had any confidence in me. Thanks for everything!

Emmitt Smith- Dallas Cowboys - NFL all-time leading rusher

SEMO Baseball:

Kerry Robinson- St. Louis Cardinals

UIC Baseball:

Curtis Granderson- Detroit Tigers
      Curtis Granderson on Coach Kelso:
"Tom Kelso's idea and strategy on               working to failure really showed me
I could push myself further than what I previously believed possible, and there was still a lot more in my body.
His methods and knowledge were great attributes to help me reach my maximum potential throughout college
and allowing me to take the next step to the pro level and the major leagues!"


Dennis Mitchell - Olympic 100 meters, 1988, 1992, & 1996

Mark Everett - Olympic 800 meters, 1988, 1992, & 1996
         Mark Everett on Coach Kelso:
Coach Kelso's strength training program helped me improve my speed                 on the track and prepare for the intense Olympic training regimen later in my career. He showed me how to                 really push myself for maximum gains relative to my running program.

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Pictures from the 2005 Show Me Naturals Bodybuilding Competition and with Dean Karnazes as he began his Endurance 50 in 2006 at the Lewis and Clark Marathon.

Images from the World's Toughest Mudders

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