Sept. 2013
Trainer Profile

Richard E. Wood, BS, CSCS
Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist
CrossFit Coach
Rick graduated in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health and Human Performance from Oregon State University. He is a certified CrossFit Coach as well as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) by the National Strength and Conditioning Association. The CSCS credential remains the only nationally accredited strength training and conditioning credential. His knowledge of fitness is a result of his studies and practical experience through OSU’s extensive Exercise and Sport Science program. Rick has also trained directly under Donald Chu in Plyometrics and J.P. O'Shea in Olympic Lifting and Strength Physiology. Additional coaching includes national and international training of high school athletes, five NCAA collegiate teams, Olympic competitors and 28 years of one-on-one personal training. His most current certifications include CrossFit Powerlifting thru Westside Barbell under Shane Sweatt and Laura Phelps Sweatt and CrossFit Strongman under Rob Orlando.

University Background: in nutrition, exercise and strength physiology, cardiovascular conditioning, anatomy, kinesiology, biomechanics, injury prevention and rehabilitation. Rick started his practical work at the university. As a Strength Coach for OSU’s NCAA athletic program, he applied his training techniques and programs in volleyball, basketball, softball, crew, and the nationally ranked, Division 1 women’s gymnastics. Professionally, Rick served as strength & conditioning coach for several Olympic athletes.

Rick's university degree and Certifications are oriented towards elite athletic performance. Now his clients ages range from athletic early teens to 80+ seniors. Rick's background gives him a unique application of athletic strength training and sports science to enhance and improve the average person's own quality of life. He has embraced the CrossFIt methodology and agrees that a fit lifestyle from children to seniors, mothers to professional athletes, all vary only by degree... Everyone will be doing some kind deadlift, squat and press.

“Relatively speaking, everyone's life is needs to be strong and explosive! It's fun to look at something you want to do (or need to do) and design a program to go and do it! I can aggressively help a basketball player dunk the ball or gently help grandma to be able to play with her grandchildren or shop at Costco! Being powerful and agile is more for grandma and grandpa than their athletic grandkids! Getting that basketball rebound is also the senior tripping but not falling. Who wouldn't want to have better all around fitness? Everyone can appreciate this stuff!”