Truth & sanity in strength, fitness, and nutrition
I am currently an Exercise Physiologist (and strength and conditioning specialist) with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. Additionally, I train clients through Pinnacle Personal & Performance Training in Chesterfield, MO. For 23 years I was at the collegiate level, serving as the Head Coach for Strength and Conditioning at Saint Louis University (2004-2008), the University of Illinois at Chicago (2001-2004), Southeast Missouri State University (1991-2001) and the University of Florida (1988-1990). I got my start in the strength and conditioning field as an Assistant Strength Coach at Florida in 1984, where I was also a weight training instructor for the Department of Physical Education from 1985 to 1988.
In 2006, I was named Master Strength and Conditioning Coach by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association for my years of service in the field. In 1999, I was named NSCA Ohio Valley Conference Strength and Conditioning Professional of the year. In 2001, I received an honorary certification from the International Association of Resistance Trainers (I.A.R.T.).
I have worked with athletes at the Olympic and professional levels, presented at various clinics/seminars, and worked several athletic-related camps. I am a strong advocate of safe, practical and time-efficient training and have published six books, written over 190 articles on breakingmuscle.com, and authored several periodical articles and book chapters promoting those virtues.
I received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Iowa in 1981 (It's Great to be a Hawkeye!) and a Master's Degree in Physical Education from Western Illinois University in 1984. I was a member of the Track and Field team at Iowa and served as a Graduate Assistant Track & Field Coach while at Western Illinois. I possess C.S.C.S. and S.C.C.C. certifications with the National Strength and Conditioning Association and Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association, respectively.