• Hi, my name is Matt Nelson. For the last 2 years I have been a competitive powerlifter and bodybuilder. I have done decently at both sports, but felt like I wasn’t reaching my full potential. After my performance at 2016 USAPL Raw Nationals, I knew I needed to make a change. That change started with a decision – choose one sport and give it your all. So I decided to put everything I had into powerlifting. I knew in order to do that I would need some guidance, which led me to Joe Stanek and The Strength Athlete.

    I started working with Joe shortly after Raw Nats, and have been blown away by how much he has helped me in such a short amount of time. This is easily the best all of my lifts have ever looked and felt. No more poverty bench! Hiring Joe was definitely the best decision I made in 2016. Couldn’t be happier with the results I have gotten. 2017 USAPL Raw Nationals here we come!"
    — Matt Nelson
  • Chris is always very responsive, both in answering small day to day questions and in adapting my programming over time to meet my needs. I know he cares about my progress and pushes me to develop into a stronger competitor. When I started working with him, my squat was just a very deep good morning. He helped me build my quads and improve my technique and positioning so I could squat more weight more efficiently. Also, when I was underperforming in competition, he recognized that I needed more practice with weights that scared me so I could approach the platform feeling prepared and confident. I am always glad to have him in my corner on meet day!

    In the year and a half we have worked together, I've added 45kg/100lbs to my total, broke 400 wilks, and qualified for the Arnold for the first time. Overall, it has been a very positive experience and I look forward to continuing my training with Chris as my coach!
    — Allie Feras
  • I've been working with Eric for almost 6 months now and have zero complaints. Eric is extremely reliable and is always on time with new training blocks. Communication with a coach is very important and Eric is available whenever an issue arises. Not only is Eric a substantial coach, but he's also a great friend. No regrets joining TSA and have seen nothing but the greatest progress in my life ever since.
    — William Valle
  • I started working with Bryce, Eric, and Hani directly following an underwhelming performance at USAPL Raw Nationals in 2015. I placed 10th in the junior class when I was projected 6th. We used this collaborative approach with everyone somewhat involved for a couple months. But this quickly turned into just a one on one coaching relationship right before my my first competition under Eric's guidance. Eric wanted me to not cut to make the 83kg class but to weigh in at whatever body weight I floated around. I went 8/9 with a much improved bench press and squat in the 93kg class and a huge total PR. Since I've started working with Eric I have accomplished the following. -Lifted in 4 competitions under his guidance going 34/36 on attempts. (94.4% Successful Attempts) -Placed #3 (Bronze Medal) in Total at the 2016 USAPL RAW Nationals. #1 Highest Deadlift in the Junior class. -I've set all of the NAPF 93kg Junior Records at 2016 IPF North American Championships. -Increased my total by 117.5kg/259lb in a year. Not only has Eric Bodhorn had a monumental change on my performance as a high level competitor. But he has reshaped my mentality on training for the better and has kept me healthy as an athlete. Eric's been an amazing coach and an even better friend.
    — Chance Mitchell
  • Having Chris as a coach was a phenomenal experience; he set the standard pretty high. At first I was indecisive about whether or not it was worth investing in a coach but I couldn't be happier with my decision. Chris is super knowledgeable, genuine, kind, thoughtful, and he's sometimes a bit too much of a savage (but that's what makes him cool). I guess he's pretty funny too. During the time I had with Chris, he taught me a lot about training, nutrition, competition, helped me figure out how my body responds to training, and he taught me how to properly perform pauses! He even gave me pep talks whenever I was feeling down or stressed and always knew what to say to help get me back on track. Although I was a pain in the ass and always annoyed him, he put up with me. Whether I had silly questions or just wanted to talk, Chris was always there. I couldn't be more grateful to have had such an amazing coach. I honestly and wholeheartedly enjoyed being Chris' athlete and I can't wait to work with him again. Not only did I gain some awesome PRs, but I gained an outstanding friend as well.
    — Quentin Chan
  • As a strength and conditioning coach myself, learning has always been a priority for me. When I had begun to entertain the idea of hiring an online coach, I went in with the mentality that I would be spending just enough time to learn a new programming style, acquire new perspectives and move on to broaden my skill set. I had been coached by two very well known coaches before Hani and was unimpressed at best, so I made the decision to try a more reputable company hoping that my experiences would change...and they did, for the best!

    I worked with Hani for 2 years and I really could not have asked for a better coach. He was (and still is) a very close friend and always made me feel that he had my best interests in mind. Through multiple meets and even more injuries that I managed to inflict upon myself, Hani played the coach hand better than anyone; prompt with his responses, professional, constantly seeking new knowledge, encouraged my questions and has the client psychology game on lock. That being said, I am by no means an easy athlete to deal with, but Hani was always able to put things in perspective for me in ways that changed the way I coached my own clients for good. I learned so much and made incredible progress under his tutelage and I will always attribute much of my success to his influence. An amazing coach, an amazing friend, and someone who all of his clients feel lucky to have part of their lives. All the stars and all the positives from me to Coach Hani!
    — Elish Le
  • When I joined TSA, I was looking to take my lifting to the next level. I was fairly new to powerlifting and knew I needed both support and a knowledgeable coach to advance. Eric was exactly that. He is a skilled, attentive, and outgoing individual, to whom I am forever indebted to for helping me realize my goals. After nearly two years of working with him, I have matured tremendously as a lifter. Eric has been with me every step of the way, from my first competition ever, to my first time at Nationals, and beyond. As a result of Eric’s coaching and guidance, I have not only gotten physically stronger and learned from an experienced, intelligent individual, but I have also developed a strong mental attitude, as well as the drive to keep working hard and growing as an athlete. I’m privileged to work with Eric, who has helped solidify my love of powerlifting, and I’m also extremely grateful for the support and camaraderie of the entire TSA team. Thank you to my coach and my friend, Eric.
    — Kylie Behnke
  • Joe Stanek and I have been working together for a little over a year. I was referred to Joe through a college friend after recognizing my strength and potential to grow along with my passion for lifting. I was unaware of the fundamentals of powerlifting, such as the importance of not looking down while squatting. Joe and I immediately clicked and a coach has turned into a lifelong friend. Joe prepared and led me through my first three meets.

    Throughout this past year Joe has not only been a brilliant coach, but also an excellent mentor, friend, and walking powerlifting dictionary. Joe has taught me more than I could have ever imagined- stretching techniques, complete form overhauls, and even injury rehab. Joe and I have been through a lot together and it sure has been a crazy, exciting, and educational ride.

    I can stand here today and honestly say that without Joe, none of my accomplishments would have been made possible. Together, we’ve accomplished a lot, but we still have a lot of unfinished business to take care of.
    — Michael Wampler
  • I have been working with Joe since January 2016, back when I was first becoming interested in strength training. Signing up with Joe was one of the best decisions I have made, as he helped me to find a new passion in my life: powerlifting.

    Joe is an excellent coach not only because he is knowledgeable, but because you can tell he truly cares about your success in powerlifting. He is always checking in to see how my training is progressing, and is always curious as to how I am feeling both physically and mentally. As a coach, he is not afraid to hold me accountable for my training, but is also very understanding that there is more to life than just powerlifting. Joe is so personable and thorough in his coaching that it amazes me that he has so many other clients to take care of.

    Just in the past year, Joe has helped me to add hundreds of pounds to my total while maintaining my body weight. He has also made me a much better lifter in terms of my attitude and overall approach. I am proud to call him my coach.
    — Jimmy Perra