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Dan Ogborn PhD

Barbells on the brain. It’s not just the name of my site, it’s my way of life.

My story starts off as high school grad obsessed with lifting weights and no idea what to do with my life. After noticing that the kinesiology classrooms were conveniently located above the university weight room, I was sold. Fast forward a few years and I’ve completed undergraduate and masters degrees in kinesiology and topped it off with a PhD in medical sciences specializing in the molecular effects of strength training in muscle.

Recently I’ve worked as a post-doctoral fellow in muscle physiology and I’m at the tail end of completing the requirements to become a licensed physical therapist. Oh and there’s a certified strength and conditioning specialist certification (NSCA CSCS) somewhere in there too.

My obsession with weights didn’t end there, I even named my first born son after progressive overload, a fundamental concept of strength training. Well that’s a half truth, he’s really named after Milo of Kroton, who as legend would have it carried a growing calf around every day, which lands you the title as the originator of progressive overload.

So yes, you could say I have a bit of a problem. On the bright side, I have a very patient wife.

What I do

I’m a published researcher, experienced strength coach, graduate-level educator, author in progress, and soon to be physical therapist. In my early academic career I won over six figures in scholarships and worked with the heavy-weights of modern exercise physiology including Dr Mark Tarnopolsky and Dr Stu Phillips. My work has been featured in high impact peer-reviewed journals like Science Translational Medicine and more recently I’ve taken to translating that evidence into practical articles for a variety of popular sites including T-Nation. An up-to-date list of my recent work can be found here.

In short, I generate the evidence on how muscle works and turn it into evidence-based recommendations you can use to maximize your physical potential in the gym.

What I don’t do

The fitness industry is full of some very different characters, and that’s not such a bad thing. If you’re in search of quick fitness tips and articles that will affirm your beliefs, this probably isn’t the site for you. If you’re willing to read some longer posts and deal with some data then I’m sure we’ll get along just fine.

I think there’s enough posts on why women should lift heavy weights, generic fitness industry complaints, nutritional scare tactics and half-hearted self-help advice in the industry that I’m here to play a different role. That’s not to say that there aren’t other people out there absolutely killing it with content in those domains, but if you need another article on why deadlifts are great it won’t be found here.

Let’s work together

That’s enough about me, but the real question is what can I do for you?

If you’re new to the site, start here to find out what to do next, including lists of my more popular articles. Beyond the posts on this site I offer a variety of services, including online training, professional writing, and educational seminars that all focus on taking an evidence-based approach to training.

Not sure if you want to work with me? That’s cool, head over to my testimonials page to hear people say nice things about me and see if that convinces you.

If you don’t find what you’re looking for, head to my contact page to let me know. Better yet, ask me a question on Twitter.


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