Contributor - Strength and Conditioning
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Strength and Conditioning

Tom Kelso is currently an Exercise Physiologist with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. He also trains clients through Pinnacle Personal & Performance Training in Chesterfield, MO. For 23 years he was in the collegiate strength and conditioning profession. He got his start in the strength and conditioning field as an Assistant Strength Coach at University of Florida, where he was also a weight training instructor for the Department of Physical Education. He went on to serve as the Head Coach for Strength and Conditioning at Saint Louis University, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Southeast Missouri State University, and the University of Florida.


In 1999, Tom was named NSCA Ohio Valley Conference Strength and Conditioning Professional of the year. In 2001, he received an honorary certification from the International Association of Resistance Trainers. In 2006 he was named Master Strength and Conditioning Coach by the CSCCA for his years of service in the field.


Tom possesses C.S.C.S. and S.C.C.C. certifications with the NSCA and CSCCA, respectively. Additionally, he is certified by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board in basic instructor development. In 2012, he became certified by the IBNFC as a Certified Nutrition Coach.


Tom has worked with athletes at the Olympic and professional levels, presented at various clinics/seminars, and worked several athletic-related camps. He is a strong advocate of safe, practical and time-efficient training and has published a collection of periodical articles, book chapters, complete books, and user-friendly downloads promoting such. Including his five solo projects: The Interval Training Manual, The Strength Training Workout Encyclopedia, 100 of the Best Strength Training Workouts, 25 Kick-Butt Workouts, and 85 Workouts of the Week.


Tom received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Iowa in 1981 and a Master's Degree in Physical Education from Western Illinois University in 1984. He was a member of the Track and Field team at Iowa and served as a Graduate Assistant Track & Field Coach while at Western Illinois.