NSCA-CSCS, NASM-CPT & CES, USAW-2
Angela has comprehensive experience within the health, fitness, and performance industries, including 5 years of experience in physical therapy and over a decade of her time dedicated to strength & conditioning and competitive Olympic-style weightlifting. Angela earned her Bachelors of Science Degree in Exercise Science from University of Nebraska – Kearney in 2004 and competed in the heptathlon as a member of the Track and Field team. Since 2004 she has competed and coached competitive Olympic-style weightlifting on both the local and national levels. She has served as the Director of Sports Performance at Loyola University Chicago since 2011, and in this time, she has worked with multiple Olympic sports. Angela’s practical experience (as an athlete, a strength & conditioning coach, and a weightlifting coach) coupled with her passion for education enables her to provide expert knowledge while bridging the gap between sport science and the application of those principles in real-life settings.
PhD, NSCA-CSCS, USATF-2, USAW-2, ISAK-2
Anna has extensive experience as a professor, sport scientist, weightlifter, strength and conditioning coach, track and field coach, research laboratory manager, and sport science consultant. Anna earned her doctorate in Sport Physiology and Performance in 2016 and is passionate about teaching others about sport science and weightlifting. She is a former competitive weightlifter and has held positions at several universities teaching undergraduate and graduate classes such as exercise physiology, biomechanics, sport nutrition, essentials of strength training and conditioning, and personal training. Anna’s combination of intensive education, years as a professor, and practical experience as a coach enables her to see the larger importance of scientific concepts, clearly communicate relevant information to coaches, and help maximize athlete performance. Anna received her BA from Williams College in 2005 and her MA and PhD from East Tennessee State University in 2009 and 2016.
CSCS, USAW Senior International Coach, USAW Instructor
Mike has over 30 years of experience working with weightlifters and athletes ranging from the youth ranks to the Olympics, where he was personal coach of 2000 Olympic gold medalist and 2004 Olympian Tara Nott. He is a former High Performance and Coaching Education Director for USA Weightlifting (USAW) and served on the USAW Board of Directors, USAW Coaching Committee, and International Weightlifting Federation Executive Committee. Mike also worked for Al Vermeil as an assistant strength coach for the Chicago Bulls and Vermeil Sports and Fitness. Mike is passionate about coaching, weightlifting, and helping people excel in their careers as coaches and athletes. For the past 20 years, Mike has led clinics for weightlifters and coaches, and he also has extensive experience in operating his own private sport performance facility, managing international and national weightlifting events including the 1996 Olympic Games, and coaching track and field. As an athlete, Mike threw the hammer at Arizona and competed in weightlifting. Currently, Mike serves as the Head Coach of Forza Weightlifting Club in Grayslake, IL.