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Dr. Michael Waller


Michael Waller



Professional Experience:

  • Department of Exercise Science and Health, University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, IN (2013 to Present) Assistant Professor for kinesiology, biomechanics, strength & conditioning, and exercise coaching courses, utilizing lecture and lab formats for undergraduate students. Additional duties involve managing the fitness center used by students, staff, faculty, and athletics.
  • Department of Human Performance and Physical Education, Adams State College, Alamosa CO (2011 to 2013): Assistant Professor for exercise physiology and biomechanics courses instructing lecture, and lab courses for undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Department of Exercise and Sport Science, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT (2008-2011): Doctoral student in exercise physiology and Teaching Assistant for lecture, activity and lab courses for undergraduate students.
  • Velocity Sports Performance, Lehi, UT (2009 to 2010): Employed as a Strength and Conditioning Coach to develop and implement strength-conditioning programs for high school and collegiate athletes. Coaching duties involve training session development and instruction of weightlifting movements, plyometric drills, strength exercises, speed & agility drills and rehabilitative exercises.
  • WCS - Occupational Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine / WCS - Gattone Sports Performance; Hillside, IL, Naperville, IL and Barrington, IL (2005 to 2008): Employed as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist/Coach to develop and implement strength-conditioning programs for work hardening patients, high school and collegiate athletes. Program development was periodized based that incorporated weightlifting movements, plyometric drills, strength exercises, speed & agility drills and rehabilitative exercises.
  • Highland Park Hospital Health and Fitness, Buffalo Grove, IL (1999 - 2005): Fitness Director/Personal Trainer with duties that included managing and educating Fitness Department staff, conducted occasional group exercise classes, budget development/management, fitness programming and marketing development, client strength-conditioning program development/implementation, exercise equipment maintenance/repair and assisted in overall facility upkeep. Additional duties involved guest lecturing at company clients on health and fitness related topics.
  • East Bank Club, Chicago, IL (1995 - 1999): Personal Trainer/ (Fitness Department Coordinator) with duties including client strength-conditioning program development/implementation, managing of Fitness Department staff, and program development.
  • YMCA of McDonough County, Macomb, IL (1993 - 1995): Fitness Consultant with duties that included membership strength-conditioning program development, group exercise class instruction, fitness education and exercise equipment maintenance/repair.
  • Peer-Reviewed Articles:

    1. Brown, J and Waller, M. Needs analysis, physiological response and program guidelines for Gaelic football. Strength and Conditioning Journal. 36(2):73-81. 2014.

    2. Waller, M, Gersick, M, and Holman, D. Various jump training styles for improvement of vertical jump performance. Strength and Conditioning Journal. 35(1): 82-89. 2013.

    3. Piper, T, Jacobs, E, Haiduke, M, Waller, M, and McMillan, C. Core Training during Pregnancy. Strength and Conditioning Journal. 34(1): 55-62. 2012.

    4. Waller, M, Miller, J, and Hannon, J, Resistance Circuit Training: Its Application for the Adult Population. Strength and Conditioning Journal. 33(1): 16-22. 2011.

    5. Waller, M, Piper, T, and Miller, J. Instructing Overhead Pressing Power/Strength Movements. Strength and Conditioning Journal. 31(5): 39-49. 2009.

    6. Waller, M, Piper, T and Miller, J. Coaching and Discussion of the Snatch/Clean Pulls along with the High-Pull Variation. Strength and Conditioning Journal. 31(3): 47-54. 2009.

    7. Waller, M, and Townsend, R. The Front Squat and Its Variations. Strength and Conditioning Journal. 29(6): 2-7. 2007.

    8. Waller, M, Townsend, R, and Gattone, M. Application of the Power Snatch for Athletic Conditioning. Strength and Conditioning Journal. 29(3): 10-20. 2007.

    9. Waller, M, and Hagerman, PS. Ethics of Supplement Prescription. Strength and Conditioning Journal. 27(1): 70-73. 2005.

    10. Waller M, Cable-Pulley Training. Strength and Conditioning Journal. 26(6): 60?61. 2004.

    11. Waller, M, Piper, T, and Townsend, R. Strongman Events and Strength and Conditioning Programs. Strength and Conditioning Journal. 25(5): 44?52. 2003.

    12. Waller M, and Stasiek, M. ONE-ON-ONE: Medicine Ball Warm-ups. Strength and Conditioning Journal. 24(5): 18?19. 2002.

    13. Townsend, R, and Waller, M. Progression for Teaching Weightlifting Pull Movements for a Rehabilitative Setting. Strength and Conditioning Journal. 24(3): 21?26. 2002.

    14. Piper, TJ, and Waller, MA. Variations of the Deadlift. Strength and Conditioning Journal. 23(3): 66?73. 2001.

    15. Waller, M. SPECIAL POPULATIONS: Strength and Conditioning for the Person with Cystic Fibrosis. Strength and Conditioning Journal. 23(2): 37?39. 2001.

    16. Waller, M. SPECIAL POPULATIONS: Strength and Conditioning in Multiple Sclerosis Patients. Strength and Conditioning Journal: 22(2): 40?41. 2000.

    17. Waller, MA. Strength Training for Great Lakes Sailboat Racing. Strength and Conditioning Journal 22(2): 58?65. 2000.

    18. Piper, TJ and Waller, MA. Alternatives to Expensive Equipment. Strength and Conditioning Journal. 21(4): 50?53. 1999.

    19. Waller, MA, and Piper, TJ. Plyometric Training for the Personal Trainer. Strength and Conditioning Journal. 21(2): 9?14. 1999.

    Courses taught:

    Adams State University

  • Exercise Physiology
  • Kinesiology
  • Introduction to Research
  • Exercise Evaluation & Fitness
  • Strength and Conditioning-Graduate
  • Biomechanics-Graduate
  • Measurement and Evaluation
  • University of Utah

  • Circuit Training
  • Flexibility for Sport
  • Intermediate Weight-training
  • Resistance Training for Health & Rehabilitation
  • Exercise Programming
  • Training and Planning -Undergraduate
  • Memberships:

  • National Strength and Conditioning Association (1993)