Amond Prater is originally from Marietta, Georgia and grew up with two other brothers who were involved in activities and athletics at the collegiate level. A graduate of McEachern High School, Amond dedicated himself to the sports of cross country, wrestling and track and field while in high school with his main sport being wrestling. He won an individual state title in 2002 and his team also won the inaugural dual state championship in 2002. Amond went on to wrestle at the University of Missouri-Columbia where he saw time as a starter and finished his career with over 70 wins.
It was at Mizzou that Amond developed his passion for strength and conditioning. While at Mizzou he held the title as strongest male athlete based on his strength index. He won Mizzou wrestling’s athlete of the year in 2006 and held team records in consecutive dips (74) and pull-ups (34). After college, Amond got involved in powerlifting and competed under the American Drug Free Powerlifting Federation where he won single event national titles in bench and deadlift while competing at 82kg.
Amond was lucky enough to partner with former college wrestling teammate Tyron Woodley at ATT Evolution in St. Louis, Missouri where he first launched A-Train Performance in 2013. Amond worked with clients to develop strength and conditioning plans for MMA Fighters and oversaw strength and conditioning for multiple fight camps. Amond also worked with NFL Players and high school athletes through his sports performance sessions. His material is published in the IYCA Big Book of programs and served as template for his initial program of Speed, Power and Agility.
Amond continues to be involved in wrestling and coached at the high school level from 2007-2016 as both a Head Coach and assistant coach. Most recently, Amond is the inaugural Head Mens and Women’s wrestling Coach for Fontbonne University, St.Louis Mo where he also serves as an adjunct professor in the Exercise Science Department. Amond has a passion for recruiting and developing positive relationships with everyone he comes across which ignites his passion as the Team Missouri Womens National Team Coach and his involvement with Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Amond not only takes on duties in the athletic space, he exercises his Faith as an ordained minister at Center of Empowerment Church in Saint Louis. He also has a passion for music where he learned to play the piano at an early age and was selected to the All-State Chorus and Governors Honors Program while in high school in Georgia. Amond used his passion for music as a music producer and he has served as a minister of music for churches in Missouri and Saint Louis and currently at Center of Empowerment Church.
Family life plays an integral part in Amond’s life as well. He and his wife of 15 years Krystal have four children, three girls and one boy who bring laughter, excitement and love on a continual basis.
Amond is certified through the NSCA as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and through USAW as a Bronze Level Coach. He continues to find ways to help his athletes by gaining new certifications and ongoing trainings through various mediums including courses and conferences.
Team Missouri Women's National Team