Michael Burgos is a barbell coach with a one-of-a-kind background. To his knowledge, he is the only barbell strength professional with a background in occupational therapy. Even if others exist, Burgos is the only one to have earned an advanced certification in the practice of hand therapy (CHT). He is the only person – alive or dead, in the entirety of human existence – to have ever done this.

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  • You will have my attention; my recommendations are merely opinions without your input and collaboration

  • Everyone is different – you won’t be getting a protocol-based or cookie-cutter approach from me

  • Technique is important, but it’s not everything – micromanaging your toe angle to add 5 lbs to your squat tomorrow is a fool’s errand and a colossal waste of time

  • Do ya watch anime? We can talk about anime. Or video games. Those are cool too.

  • Checkout content that Michael has created or contributed to here

As an occupational therapist, I view my clients differently than other health professionals and strength coaches. Programming, exercise selection, and other interventions are selected intentionally to respond to your needs as a whole rather than relying solely on established protocols or book-based doctrine. Basic barbell exercises, linear progression, and Minimum Effective Dose programming are potential tools to use – not the law to abide by. I understand that progress is often non-linear when circumstances are not optimal, and life often makes things less-than-perfect for training.

Since 2014, I’ve worked with a variety of people, including busy small business owners, fellow professional strength and conditioning coaches, military personnel, first-responders, career and recreational martial artists, and blue-collar workforce members who want to be able to provide for their families past age 40. In particular, I excel with working with men who haven’t had success with barbell training – either on their own or with a skilled coach.

When I’m not coaching, you can usually find me reading, studying some kind of skill or language, turning wrenches on my car, practicing martial arts, playing video games, or listening to music that is objectively horrible. If I’m not doing any of those things, I’m taking my awesome wife for a drive around town or people watching with her.



$305/month, contract-free

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