Author: Matthew Barker

Matthew Barker
Matthew graduated from Central College with a Bachelors in Exercise Science, and earned his Masters degree in Human Performance from Lindenwood University. He's a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) and is a certified National Coach for USAW. He has worked with athletes ranging from youth lifters to Olympians in the sport of weightlifting, professional strongmen, and elite powerlifters. He's currently a private personal trainer and sports performance coach, while also serving as an adjunct professor of Sports Science at Simpson College.

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