Michael Shafer

Michael Shafer

Mike is an all around strength sports enthusiast who holds a B.S. in Exercise Science, an M.S. in Exercise and Sport Physiology and is pursuing his Ph.D. in Health and Human Performance. In addition to academic credentials he also holds numerous certifications such as Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, USA Weightlifting Sport Performance Coach, and ACSM Exercise is Medicine. He has competed at high levels in Powerlifting, Weightlifting, and now Strongman. He has a garage gym which he loves to workout in and try new equipment as well as experiment with different exercises. In his free time he is either playing with his dog Bernie, writing fiction, or playing video games. He is interested in the latest and greatest in fitness and gym equipment and technology and loves to try new things.

About BarBend

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