About Gopher Performance

Gopher Performance is a division of Gopher Sport — a company that has established itself as an industry-leading physical education, athletics, fitness, recreation, and health products distributor. Over the past 60 years, we’ve earned our customers’ trust, respect, and business by delivering high-quality products and standing behind those products with an Unconditional 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. With

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We are dedicated to providing you with the products to improve fitness, develop skills, create fun, and reach a high standard of learning and living. Our entire Gopher Sport team is committed to making your shopping and product ownership experience pleasurable and fulfilling.

MEET THE AUTHORS

Scott Meier
Scott MeierStrength & Conditioning Coach

Scott Meier is currently in his 21st year at Farmington High School (MN) where he is the Strength & Conditioning Coach. He is also a Physical Education Teacher at FHS and teaches Human Performance, Weight Training, and 9th grade Fitness For Life classes. He coached Farmington's competitive weightlifting for 9 years, and in that time, the Tigers earned four state team titles, over 40 individual state champions, and multiple state record holders. Prior to that he was the head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Lakeville (MN) High School and worked as a personal trainer for 6 years. Scott is featured in the award-winning documentary "My Run" which tells the story of his 56-year-old client who ran 75 marathons in 75 days. He continues to compete in track & field at the masters level where he is a nationally ranked sprinter and holds several state age-group records. Scott is the current Minnesota state director of the National High School Strength Coaches Association.

Ryan Johnson
Ryan JohnsonPE Teacher: Wayzata High School

Ryan Johnson, M.Ed, is a graduate of Normandale Community College, Augsburg College and the University of Minnesota, playing football at both NCC and Augsburg. “RJ” teaches physical education at Wayzata High School and is the Strength and Conditioning Coordinator for Wayzata Public Schools, a position he began in 2000. Wayzata Athletics have captured 68 team state titles in his tenure; Johnson works directly with the three-time state champion football program as Director of Operations and Player Development. He is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist as well as a Registered Strength and Conditioning Specialist – both certifications with Distinction and former State Director. NSCA awards include Minnesota High School Strength and Conditioning Professional of the Year 2010; State Director of the Year 2013; Strength of America Award 2015; and 2017 National High School Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year. In 2017 he became an Original Member of the National High School Strength Coaches Association (NHSSCA); and serves as Secretary and Mid America Regional Director for the organization. A former volunteer firefighter, he also received an Award of Merit from the Minnesota Department of Health and Safety for participation in a lifesaving CPR/AED effort to revive a player that suffered sudden cardiac arrest while at practice. Johnson is a frequent clinician, speaker, author and his Wayzata Trojan Power program has been visited by over 50 other high school and small college programs. He also volunteered his time in the Rockford School District where he and his wife and four children reside by serving as the Rockford Area Youth Athletic Association President and Youth Football Director.

Mike Piercy
Mike PiercyOwner: The LAB

Michael Piercy, MS, CSCS is the owner of The LAB in Fairfield, New Jersey. He is the recipient of the 2017 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year award and has also been awarded the 2013 TRX FACEUP award for Overall Instructor of the Year. He represents brands such as Under Armour, TRX® and American Council off Exercise (ACE) as a Master Trainer. A former professional baseball player with the Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Mets and Montreal Expos, he brings his unique perspective to his work with athletes and active adults. He holds a master’s degree in exercise science with a concentration in performance enhancement and also holds multiple advanced level Certifications from organizations such as ACE, ACSM, NASM and NSCA.