Ryan Lukach

Owner & Founder

Ryan manages all day to day operations of both River North Strength locations, as well as the Strength Coach duties in St. Louis.

Before starting RNS in November of 2018, Ryan was a coach for nearly three years at Strive Village, a private strength and conditioning facility in the River North neighborhood of Chicago - founded by his former collegiate strength coach. There, Ryan worked with a wide-range of clientele including former athletes, business executives and busy moms.

After Chicago, Ryan and his girlfriend Christy (now his wife!) moved back east to Richmond, VA in October of 2018 to live near family & start on the opening of River North Strength. At that time, Ryan handled all semi-private and personal training sessions, new client consultations, and nutrition coaching at RNS Mechanicsville.

In the winter of '19/'20, Ryan and his wife relocated to the Saint Louis area and are opening the newest RNS location in Kirkwood, MO (End of Summer 2020).

Ryan had played five years of NCAA Division I Baseball at the University of Hartford where he was captain for four years. Ryan holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Hartford and a CPT from NSCA. He is also a Nutrition Coaching Specialist certified by NCI.

Ryan and Christy live in Glendale, MO with their black lab Nala.


Director of Training

Blake manages all adult & youth training, programming, and the on-boarding of new coaches at River North Strength Mechanicsville location.

Prior to joining the RNS team at the beginning of 2020, Blake began his career as the first Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Shenandoah University, where he managed all varsity athletics’ strength and conditioning programs. After moving back to Richmond he operated his own performance training company and later served as the Wellness Director at the Goochland YMCA.


Blake played four years of college football at Shenandoah University where he served as captain in his senior year. Blake holds a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the NSCA.

Blake and his wife Meghan live in Powhatan, VA with their five year-old daughter. Away from training, he enjoys "hunting, fishing, and anything outdoors". 

Collin Harrell

Strength Coach

Collin joined the River North Strength Mechanicsville staff in February of 2020 as a Strength Coach. He will be training both our adult & athlete groups.

Collin comes to RNS with a diverse background in S&C and related fields. He began his career as a professional intern within the VCU Sports Performance Department where he assisted with the development and implementation of strength and conditioning programs for athletes.

Collin continued his coaching career in the Richmond area with a private company where he had the opportunity to work with a wide range of clientele in both the small group and individualized setting. In addition to coaching, Collin spent over two years working alongside Physical Therapists as an aide assisting in patient rehabilitation.

Collin was a NCAA Division I wrestler for Kent State University where he competed at the 149lb weight class.

Collin holds a bachelor's degree in Exercise Science and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

Collin and his fiance Nicolle live in Richmond, VA with their dog and are set to get married this fall.

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