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Dr. Timothy Piper


Dr. Piper has over 25 years of teaching at the collegiate level and is currently an assistant professor at Western Illinois University. He holds a B.S. degree in Exercise Science, an M.S. degree in Exercise Physiology, both from WIU, and an Ed.D. in Adult Education from Northern Illinois University. He is currently the WIU NSCA-ERP director as well as being the main professor in the graduate Strength and Conditioning track within the WIU Kinesiology department. He and his wife own Free Range Yoga & Community Wellness Center, serving a broad range of clientele from high school athletes to those suffering from pain and chronic disease.

Service is very important to Dr. Piper and he also runs a free training facility for those interested in strength training and conditioning for a variety of sports including Powerlifting and Weightlifting. He is a board member of the ADFPF Board of Directors member (2008-2016) (2017-present), ADFPF Membership Director and Treasurer (2008-2016), NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, World Drug Free Powerlifting Federation (WDFPF) International judge, and was formerly a USAWA National Judge

Dr. Piper has been actively publishing for over 20 years, in both peer-reviewed journals as well as popular magazines. His research interests include work in the areas of sport psychology, strength, power, ultra-endurance, self-directed learning, and special populations.

Scholarly Activities

Book publications

Waller, M.A. and Piper, T.J. "Alternative Training Methods" (2004), first printing (2006) second printing Piper, T.J. and Waller, M.A. "Power Training" (2008)


Piper, T., Smith, T., Jeria, J., & Intrieri, R. (2018). Development of the Self-Directed Learning for Exercise Scale. International Journal of Self-Directed Learning, 15(1), 1-15. Retrieved from http://sdlglobal.com/journals.php

Piper, T.J., Brees, T.N., and Helling, K. (2018). The Turkish Row. Strength and Conditioning Journal. 40(4):113-118, August 2018

Piper, T. J., Paulsen, T., Black, L., Brees, T., and Schulte, J. (2017). “Meniere's disease: An overview and training considerations” Strength and Conditioning Journal 39(5), 51-57.

Bellar, D., Murphy, K. A., Aithal, R., Davis, G. R., & Piper, T. (2017). The Effects of a 36-Hour Mixed Task Ultraendurance Race on Mucosal Immunity Markers and Pulmonary Function. Wilderness & Environmental Medicine, 28(1), 10-16.

Ralphs, D., and Piper, T. (2106). Celiacs disease: A review for the athlete and interdisciplinary team. Strength and Conditioning Journal,38(4), 66-71.

Furman, S. and Piper T. (2016). An integrated approach to becoming an effective collegiate strength and conditioning intern- for the exercise science student. NSCA Coach,3(3), 24-28.

Etheredge, C., Marcus, L., McMillan, C., Piper, T., Davis, G., Bellar, D., ... & Glickman, E. L. (2014, May). Relationship of Temperature to Psychomotor Function During 36 Hours of Exercise without Sleep. In MEDICINE AND SCIENCE IN SPORTS AND EXERCISE (Vol. 46, No. 5, pp. 700-700). 530 WALNUT ST, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19106-3621 USA: LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS.

Bellar, D., Marcus, L., Etheredge, C., Davis, G., Judge, L. W., McMillan, C., Piper, T., & Glickman, E. L. (2014, May). Effect of 36 Hours of Sustained Exercise on Melatonin. In MEDICINE AND SCIENCE IN SPORTS AND EXERCISE (Vol. 46, No. 5, pp. 701-701). 530 WALNUT ST, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19106-3621 USA: LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS.

Marcus, L., Etheredge, C., McMillan, C., Piper, T., Bellar, D., Judge, L. W., & Glickman, E. L. (2014, May). Effect of 36 Hours of Sustained Exercise on Body Temperature. In MEDICINE AND SCIENCE IN SPORTS AND EXERCISE (Vol. 46, No. 5, pp. 700-700). 530 WALNUT ST, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19106-3621 USA: LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS.

Piper, T.J., Cole, M., Menk, D., and Schulte, J. (2014). "Infectious Meningitis: An Evidence-Based Approach to Diagnosis." The International Journal of Athletic Therapy and Training,19(2): 8-13.

Lukkarinen, M. and Piper, T.J. (2013). "Running of a Regional Senior Olympic Games" The International Journal of Sport and Society, 3(4), 85-90.

Piper, T.J., Radlo, S. Woodward, R., and Smith, T. (2012). "Dynamic balance abilities of college males for the bench press" Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research, 26(12): 3225-3229.

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

Polubinsky, R.L., Plos, J.M., Piper, T.J, and Nelson, J. (2010). "Functional vs. Structural Postural Deformities and the impact on Low Back Pain" Athletic Therapy Today 15(6): 8-14.

Waller, M.A., and Piper, T.J, and Miller J. (2009). "Overhead pressing power/strength movements" Strength & Conditioning Journal, 31(5): 39-49.

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

Piletic, C. and Piper, T.J. (2005). "Including Individuals with Visual Impairments in the weight room." Strength & Conditioning Journal, 27(2):2-8.

Piletic, C. and Piper, T.J. (2003). "Weight Training for Individuals with Visual Impairments." Athletic Therapy Today, 8(6):53-55.

Waller, M.A., Piper, T.J. and Townsend, R. (2003). "Strongman Events and Program Integration" Strength & Conditioning Journal, 25(5):44-52.

Piper, T.J., and Teichelman, T. (2003). "Strength Training for Pre-Adolescent Students" Strategies, November/December.

Piper, T.J., and Teichelman, T. (2003). "Organizational and Motivational Strategies for Prepubescent Athletes" Strength & Conditioning Journal, 25(4):54-57.

Piper, T.J., Woelfel, K., Clark, R. (2003). "Proper Lifting and Spotting Techniques: a Model for Instructors of Athletic Training Programs". NATA News, July

Piper, T.J. (2002). (2002). "Playing with Plyometric for Youth Soccer" American Journal of Health and Fitness, Summer.

Piper, T.J., and Waller. M.A. (2001). "Variations of the Deadlift" Strength & Conditioning Journal, 23,(3):66-73.

Hill, S.R. and Piper, T.J. (2000). "Master Builders: Senior Strength Training" Strength & Conditioning Journal, 22,(5):49-56.

Piper, T.J. and Waller, M.A. (1999). "Alternatives to Expensive Equipment" Strength & Conditioning Journal, 21,(4):50-53.

Waller, M.A. and Piper, T.J. (1999). "Plyometrics for Personal Trainers" Strength & Conditioning Journal, 21(2):9-14.

Piper, T.J., and Erdmann, L.D. (1998). "A 4-Step Plyometric Program" Strength & Conditioning Journal, 20,(6):72-73.

Piper, T.J. and Erdmann, L.D. (1998). "Combined Weightlifting/Powerlifting Program" Strength & Conditioning Journal, 20,(6):15-19.

Erdmann, L.D., McMillan, C.S. and Piper, T.J. (1998). "A Model for designing a Users Friendly Fitness Class" Illinois Journal of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, Vol. 41, Sp 98:10-15.

Piper, T.J. (1997). "In-Season Strength/Power Mesocycle for Women's Collegiate Volleyball" Strength & Conditioning Journal, 19,(3):21-25.


Piper, T. J. (2013). "An experiment with Paul Anderson’s PMT concept". MILO, 21(1), 74-78.

Piper, T. J., & Waller, M. (2013). "Stone lifting preparation". MILO, 20(4), 26-28.

Piper, T.J., Waller, M.A. (2012). "The Value of Variety". MILO 14(4),

Waller, M. A., Lareaux, J., Miller, J., Taylor, J., and Piper, T. (2011). "Historical Perspective of Strength Programming Principles". MILO 18(4),

Piper, T.J., Waller, M.A. (2010). "Get over yourself". MILO 18(3): 55-60.

Piper, T.J., Waller, M.A. (2010). "Draft Horse Training" MILO 17(3): 32-35.

Waller, M. A., Piper, T.J. (2009). "Correct Technique: Does It Matter?" MILO 17(2): 113-118.

Waller, M. A., Piper, T.J. (2009). "Powering Up the Body" MILO 16(4): 45-47.

Waller, M. A., Piper, T.J. (2008). "Increasing Lifting Strength in the Posterior Chain" MILO 16(2): 28-30.

Piper, T.J., Nudo, J, and Waller, M. A. (2008). "Making Stones" MILO 15(4): 114-116.

Waller, M. A., Piper, T.J. (2007). “Upper Extremity Flexibility: Why Rocky Can't Clean MILO 15(3): 93-96.

Piper, T.J., Waller, M.A (2007). "Weight Gain Tips for the Hard Gainer" MILO, 15(2): 35-39.

Piper, T.J., Waller, M.A (2007). "Peripheral Heart Action Training applied to a hypertension sufferer" MILO, 14(4): 74-77.

Waller, M.A., Piper, T.J. (2006). "Preparation for the beginning lifter" MILO, 14(3): 97-100.

Waller, M.A., Piper, T.J. (2006). "The odd lifts at a USAWA Macomb Meet" MILO, 14(2): 21-23.

Waller, M.A., Piper, T.J. (2006). "The Weightlifting Complex" MILO, 14(1): 83-84.

Piper, T.J., Waller, M.A. (2006). "Old Man Strength, or, muscles don't know their age." MILO, 13(4): 65-58.

Piper, T.J., Waller, M.A. (2005). "Training with broken dumbbells" MILO, 13,(3):102-105.

Piper, T.J. (2005). "Six Ton Sets" MILO, 13,(2):99-102.

Piper, T.J. (2004). "Great Stones" -a poem MILO, 11,(4):10.

Piper, T.J. (2004). "Stones of the Land" -a poem MILO, 11,(4):10.

Piper, T.J. (1999). "Hurt-Me! Leg Training" Powerlifting USA, 22,(10).

Piper, T.J. (1999). "Hurt-Me! Arm Training" Powerlifting USA, 22,(9).