Aaron Sidner has a unique combination of academics and real-world application. Formerly an elite athlete (alpine ski racing, track & field, football and basketball), he calls his approach to training Athlete Engineering. Following his doctoral work in Human Performance, he takes a neuromuscular approach to power development and is at the forefront of a movement that goes away from simply building size and places a premium on increasing contractile velocity while improving motor unit activation/recruitment. The result is optimal power-to-weight ratio and speed providing exceptional performance capability and greater resistance to injury.
Bill Welle received his Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from the University of Sioux Falls and a Graduate Degree in Exercise Physiology from St. Cloud State University. He has been training athletes for almost three decades. He co-founded Cris Carter’s FAST Program in Boca Raton, Florida, training over 15,000 junior high and high school athletes, 600 professional athletes and more than 400 college football players for the NFL Draft (30 1st round picks). Athlete’s trained include NFL’s Cris Carter, Larry Fitzgerald, Mike Floyd, Kyle Rudolph, and NBA’s Jon Leuer, and Cole Aldrich.
James Warmuth, B.A.S, CPT, received his Bachelors in Exercise Science and a minor in Psychology at the University of Minnesota Duluth where he also competed in the Decathlon. James has been a strength and conditioning coach for the past 8 years, working with international hockey and basketball players, as well as coaching local Volleyball and Track & Field teams. James believes that high energy and passion brings out the best in any athlete. “I can build an amazing athlete as long as I get energy and dedication in return. Progress is inevitable.”
Kirk Olson, MS, CSCS, received his Master of Science (MS) in Exercise Physiology from St. Cloud State and spent over a decade as the strength and conditioning coach for the Minnesota Wild. Kirk has also coached players from the NFL, MLB and the National Lacrosse League (NLL). Having served his time with the pros, Kirk is passionate about coaching athletes of all ages, activities and ability levels. Kirk combines the science behind athletic performance with a positive, motivational coaching style to get the most out of every athlete.
Luke Rudberg, CSCS, was previously a sports performance coach in Southern Minnesota at Ignition Fitness and Sports as well as at Bethany Lutheran College for the Men’s Basketball team. Before that, he interned at Minnesota State University. He received his Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Exercise Physiology & Minor in Coaching from Gustavus Adolphus College and is an avid martial artist having studied arts such as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, Boxing and Kuk Sool Won.
Matthew Merrick, USAW, ACSM, was formerly a performance coach in Southern Minnesota at Ignition Fitness and Sports. Moved from the Iron Range, Hibbing, to Mankato five Years ago where he went to graduate from Minnesota State, Mankato with Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science. He has worked with high school athletes, college and professionals in most sporting events. Experience Martial Artist in MMA, Karate, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Wrestling.
Michael Gulenchyn ATC, ATL, CSCS completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire and became a board certified athletic trainer. He is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Mike has worked in the sports medicine field to inspire athletes at all levels in a variety of sports. He believes that a combination of performance development, prevention and recovery are all important elements in the overall success of an athlete. He is currently the athletic trainer and sports performance coach for the USA National Curling team.
Scott Schriever BS, CSCS, CPT, graduated from the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse with a Bachelor of Exercise Sport-Science and a minor in nutrition. Prior to moving to Minnesota in 2017, he was a part of the strength and conditioning staff at the United States Olympic Committee in Lake Placid, NY, where he coached Winter Olympians of Team USA. Scott has also spent time in Los Angeles at EXOS-Athlete’s Performance, primarily working with the L.A. Galaxy as well as training NFL, MLB and international basketball athletes.