As the gym grows, so must the staff. We have two new additions who you likely already know but i wanted to give each of them an opportunity to introduce themselves in case there are some things you do not know about them. Meet Dr. Michael Hartman!
Dutch asked me to write a little about myself as an introduction to blog readers and provide
a brief bio. I started to describe my education and experience and put down a list of degrees,
certifications, and achievements; read through it, and then promptly deleted the entire page.
While diplomas, certificates, and letters behind my name are nice, the truth of the matter is
those things will tell you very little about the real “me” and furthermore, why I am someone
you should trust when it comes to health-fitness and weightlifting performance. I am regularly
surrounded by people with the exact same list of degrees and certifications…but that does not
mean they know the first thing about teaching a beginner how to squat, the difference between
a power clean and a clean, or what it takes to improve performance on the platform while faced
with work and family responsibilities. A degree and certification says theoretically you have the
knowledge, but it doesn’t say you have the ability to apply that knowledge.
Whether I am studying in the lab or coaching on the platform, I am always looking for a way
to maximize performance of those under my supervision, while always working to bridge the
gap between scientific knowledge and real-world application. This “bridge”, so to speak, has
allowed me to work as a NCAA strength and conditioning coach, study at the US Olympic
Training Center, complete a Doctorate at the University of Oklahoma (Boomer Sooner), and now teach
at the University-level while coaching at BlackBox Fort Worth.
When I am not teaching or coaching you can find me at home with my wife and newborn son.
The start of a new academic smemster and my desire to stay happily married limit my gym
time to the early morning crew. Over time that will change and I will be able to drop in on
the afternoon and evening sessions. In the meantime, feel free to come to a 6am Rise & Grind
Olympic Weightlifting practice on Mon, Wed, Fri…remember if something is important you
should do it first thing in the morning, and the snatch and clean & jerk are no different. Hope to
see you around the gym soon.
Michael also has his own blog that you can read more detailed information on Weightlifting and training. He is a sharp dude and writes really well.
Pwr Clean +Push Press
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