Strength Training/Expert Profile

Tim Vagen


I can answer any questions on strength training, general exercise, sport specific training. I can also answer questions on training with injuries.

Experience in the area

I have 25 years of professional training experience and have combined a physical therapy background with training and exercise. I have worked in the NFL and LPGA along with recreational and elite level athletes from around the world. I have over 40,000 training hours and have trained thousands of individuals over the years.


NSCA, American Swim Coaches Association, American College of Sports Medicine, and the International Youth Conditioning Association.


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I have a BS in Exercise science and graduate courses in anatomy, physiology and human movement. I'm certified as a Strength and Conditioning Speciialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Awards and Honors

I have competed sucessfully on the international level in the sport of rowing and have coached internationally as well.

Past/Present Clients

NFL, MLB, LPGA, US National Figure Skating Champion, US National Swim Champions.

What do you like about this subject?

It's amazing what the body can do. My company, Unlimited Athlete, is a philosophy as well as a name.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

I'm always learning new things and concepts. Once you stop learning, it's time to retire.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Functional training has been in use regularly for decades, if not centuries.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

Core strengh is over rated. It's all about recruitment, not strength.

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Juan10/10/10101010Thanks for the help

Recent Answers from Tim Vagen

2010-11-24 Making a functional routine:

Hi John...  It looks like you have a great selection of exercises.  I'm a huge deadlift fan.  I would not do all the deadlifts on the same day.    If you structure your workout as follows it may help:

2010-10-21 injuries to ligaments,tendons:

Hi Gord...sorry about the delay.  I missed the e-mail notification that there was a question out there.    Tendons and ligaments are different because they are connective tissue and not contractile tissue

2010-10-15 recent surgery on my left pectorialis major:

Hi Terry...  I think that it would help you to train legs and go light on the right upper body.  There is something called the crossover effect that allows a side to get some neurological benefits while

2010-10-09 Football?:

Hi Christopher...  You numbers look good for 16.  Nice and balanced.  Keep working to bring those up.    For a D lineman the core is probable most important to tie in you leg strength and upper body.

2010-10-05 Shoulder:

Hi Juan...  It is very difficult to correct something that you are not sure where or what to correct.  What is going on with you may be coming from a variety of sources.    A great resource for self evaluation


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