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PROVEN METHODS TO BUILD MENTAL AND PHYSICAL STRENGTH AND TO PREVENT INJURIES—THE SAME METHODS I USE TO TEACH MY OWN TWO BOYS HOW TO TRAIN FOR THEIR FUTURE.

An innovator in the fields of sports performance and functional wellness, Kristen creates original exercises and program for athletes ages 8 and up.

With a vision toward long-term athletic development, Kristen designs developmentally appropriate sports performance programs for youth athletes. She also provides science-driven advice for coaches and parents about injury prevention, as well as strategies to build confidence, resilience, creativity, empathy, sociability, integrity, and resourcefulness through sports.

Kristen's Degrees and certifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree from University of Iowa in Sports and Health Studies

  • High School Strength & Conditioning Specialist Certification from the International Youth Conditioning Association

  • A graduate of The Institute for Integrative Nutrition

  • Formerly a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) — Kristen allowed this certification to expire while focusing on research and writing. While still an active member of the NSCA, instead of re-certifying, Kristen is expanding her knowledge and continuing her education specifically in the areas of functional and youth sports performance.

Kristen's Experience

  • (1998) Strength & Conditioning Coach for Olympic Sports Internship under Head Coach Bill Maxwell: University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

  • (1998 - 2000) Personal Training Director and Sports Performance Coach: New Life Fitness World, Coralville, IA

  • (2000 - 2003) Personal Training Director and Director of Sports Performance: Fitness World West, Des Moines, IA

(2003 - 2015) Owner & Founder: Team Fitness, Gemini Personal Training, and R Studio

  • (2015 - 2018) Owner & Founder: Organic Fitness Mama now Functional Strength and Nutrition

  • (2018 - present) Owner & Founder: Functional Strength and Nutrition and Youth Sports Trainer

Additional Coursework and Seminars

  • Long Term Athletic Development: The Lifelong Roadmap (International Youth Conditioning Association)

  • Sturdy Shoulder Solutions: with world renowned baseball sports performance coach Eric Cressey

  • Functional Strength Coach 7: with Michael Boyle (known internationally for his pioneering work in the field of Strength & Conditioning)

  • Olympic Lift Course: (International Youth Conditioning Association)

Check out some of my resources for parents, athletes, and coaches!

Exercise Library

Learn functional exercises for Improved Performance and Injury Prevention.

Functional Nutrition

Learn what athletes should eat to fuel their bodies and improve performance on game-day.

Functional Performance Training Books

Learn how every child can become a better athlete and decrease the potential for injuries with the science-driven, functional methods in my books.

The Colossal Importance of Free Play

Learn why less free play plus more structured training, a current trend, negatively impacts the long-term development of young athletes.

The Risks of Early Sports Specialization

Learn why early sports specialization equates to overuse injuries, burnout, and a decline in athleticism.

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