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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 numerous periodical articles and book chapters promoting such.

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.

Hard copy books and book chapters:

The Ultimate Interval & Circuit Training Manual. Monterey, CA: Coaches Choice, 2015.

The Strength Training Workout Encyclopedia. Monterey, CA: Coaches Choice, 2009.

Determining the Validity, Efficacy, and Safety of Training Activities for Athletes," Chapter in Synergy 2005, Brian Johnston (Ed.), Sudbury, Ontario: Bodyworx Publishing, 2005.

The Interval Training Manual. Monterey, CA: Coaches Choice, 2005.

“Progressive Interval Conditioning” and “The Fundamentals of Sports Conditioning,” Chapters in Training the Female Athlete: Reach for Victory: Matt Brzycki (Ed.), Terre Haute, IN: Wish Publishing, 2005.

“Neurological Ability Revisited,” Chapter in Synergy 2003, Brian Johnston (Ed.), Sudbury, Ontario: Bodyworx Publishing, 2003.

“Power, Explosion, and the Speed of Exercise Movement: The Rationale of Non-traditional Programs,” Chapter in Synergy 2002, Brian Johnston (Ed.), Sudbury, Ontario: Bodyworx Publishing, 2002.

"The Basics of Muscle Contraction: Implications for Strength Training," Chapter in Maximize Your Training: Insights From Leading Strength and Fitness Professionals, Matt Brzycki (Ed.), Chicago: Masters Press, 1999.

Internet articles:

Breaking Muscle – Over 190 articles covering all aspects of strength, fitness, and nutrition.

Mature Athlete Series - Breaking Muscle

Training manual downloads:

The Ultimate Weight Gain Program
12-Week Hard-Core Strength Training
Total Conditioning: Speed-Endurance-Agility

Workout downloads:

100 Old School Strength Training Workouts
85 Workouts of the Week
25 Kick Butt Workouts

Unpublished manuals written:

Prepare To Win: strength training, conditioning, and nutrition & weight control, 2001 (156+ pp.).

5 Star Weight Training Workouts, 1997 (47 pp.).

Bigger & Stronger: A step by step approach for developing and implementing a successful weight training program, 1996 (92 pp.).

POWER 5.1 ULTIMATE computer strength program manual (DOS version), 1996 (33 pp.).

Athletic Physical Development, 1991 (327 pp.).

Guidelines for Establishing and Administering a College Football Strength and Conditioning Program, 1991 (122 pp.).