We Are Breaking Muscle: Meet Our World-Class Coaches

Who is Breaking Muscle? We are world-class coaches, competitive athletes, mature athletes, and beginner athletes. We are people with a passion – for coaching, training, for excellence.

We love our jobs here at Breaking Muscle. We get to interact every single day with the best coaches on the planet. Even better, a whole bunch of them contribute regularly for the site. In case you haven’t had a chance to see, read, or do their work, we’re giving you a little introduction. These are real coaches sharing real knowledge.

Andrew Read – Training for an Ironman and teaching kettlebells take his time these days, but in a previous life Andrew was also a competitive martial artists and a member of the special forces.

becca borawski, modern athena, nerdjockprincess, breaking muscleBecca Borawski – The managing editor of Breaking Muscle, Becca’s adventures started in martial arts but run the gamut of fitness from there. Her biggest passion is educating aspiring coaches.

bob takano, takano athleticsBob Takano – Bob is one of the most well respected coaches in American weightlifting today. He provides weekly videos and monthly articles on Olympic weightlifting technique.

chris duffin, christopher duffin, elite performance centerChris Duffin – One of the strongest people we’ve ever met, Chris provides a weekly accounting of his powerlifting training and competition. You’ve got to read it to believe it.

conor dohertyConor Doherty -Conor is both a teacher and a coach, so helping others learn is his passion. He is the man behind our Sport Specific: Hockey workouts.

danette rivera, dizzle rivera, vegan crossfitterDanette Rivera – Officially known as our resident “Vegan CrossFitter,” Danette is also a fabulous mother, a mature athlete, a killer chef, and a coach to both children and adults.

dini leopoldo, claudine leopoldoDini Leopoldo – Originally from Brazil, Dini now lives in Southern California and teaches kettlebells on a daily basis. She also writes our RKC Kettlebell workouts.

super d, donnie thompson, mr 3000Donnie Thompson – If you add up his best squat, best deadlift, and best bench press it equals 3,000 pounds. He also knows a lot about physical therapy, so watch out for his weekly videos.

dresdin archibaldDresdin Archibald – When historian meets athlete, you’ve got Olympic weightlifter and referee Dresdin Archibald. He started weight training at 14 years old, and still continues today.

dusty hyland, crossfit gymnasticsDusty Hyland – In college as a NCAA Division I athlete, Dusty scored a perfect 10 on the still rings. Today he teaches gymnastics, and breaks it down for the rest of us to understand.

eric c. stevens, eric stevens, breaking muscleEric C. Stevens – Coming from the world of martial arts, Eric loves to blend athletics and psychology. While you’ll learn technique from him, you might also learn about yourself.

hannah caldasHannah Caldas – The holder of numerous world records, Hannah knows all the finer points of swimming technique. She’s also an expert when it comes to Strongman and CrossFit.

jeff barnettJeff Barnett – A veteran of the United States Marine Corps, Jeff is on our news team. Look for articles from him translating the latest in fitness and nutrition research.

joshua wortmanJoshua Wortman – Joshua is the second member of our news team and he scours the web looking for breaking news and research to share with you each week.

katherine derbyshireKatherine Derbyshire – A second degree Aikido black belt and a engineer, Katherine’s passion is explaining scientific and technological issues for athletes and coaches.

birthfit, lindsey mathews, dr. lindsey mathews, doulaLindsey Mathews – That’s Dr. Mathews to you. Chiropractor, doula, and athlete, Lindsey is the founder of BirthFIT and is passionate about the health of women and children.

logan gelbrich, original nutritionalsLogan Gelbrich – When it comes to athletic competition, Logan knows what he talking about – he’s a former catcher for the San Diego Padres. Read his product reviews each weekend.

mau balvanera, mau brown cow, mauricio balvaneraMauricio Balvanera – Possibly the epitome of nerd/jock, Mauricio does endurance sports, trained martial arts, and knows everything there is to know about every fitness app on the planet.

mindith rahmat, breaking muscle, breakingmuscle.comMindith Rahmat – Aside from being the founder and CEO of Breaking Muscle, Mindith also writes the Awake & Evolve and Women’s workouts.

nicole crawford, mommy workoutsNicole Crawford – Nicole specializes in pre- and post-natal fitness. She writes weekly on topics regarding family, women, and kids, and writes our Mommy Workouts.

terrance gant, football workouts, football wods, crossfit footballTerrance Gant – I don’t know about you, but when a Marine tells me to do something I do it. Terrance is the coach in charge of the Sport Specific: Football workouts.

tom kelso

Tom Kelso – Tom spent over twenty years in the world of college athletics and reminds us that when it comes to strength and conditioning the basics are still where it’s at.

valerie worthington, val worthington, bjj black beltValerie Worthington – With a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt and a PhD in educational psychology, Val packs a one-two punch. Learn about learning and about life, from Dr. Worthington.

willow ryan, forrest yoga, ana forrrestWillow Ryan – As a Forrest Yoga Guardian, Willow stands for a bigger life experience for all of us. Be it physical, mental, or emotional, Willow’s videos and articles help us all grow.

workout, bravo tv, zen gray, jackie warnerZen Gray – When funny and fit come crashing together, you’ll find Zen. A former star of the Bravo TV show WORKOUT, Zen’s articles share a witty, but refreshingly realistic look at fitness.

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