John Odden

profilephoto01-001370000076YapAAEMy passion is teaching others to live an empowered, pain-free active life using strength and movement principles from StrongFirst.

I have over 20 years of diverse teaching/coaching experience ranging from young athletes to elderly patients in clinical settings. Working full time in the clinic setting as an Exercise Physiologist and Employee Wellness Coordinator for over 10 years, allowed me to understand how important it is to fuel the body and mind through proper exercise and nutrition at any age. Since 2014, I have taught strength and movement-based exercise full time at my private training studio Empowered Strength and online.

I have competed as a Scottish Highland Games athlete since 2004 and hold several world records. Last year, I successfully lifted the 734lb. Dinnie Stones and many of the legendary stones of strength in Scotland. This coming year, I am planning a trip to Iceland to lift even bigger stones and continue to build my body and mind into my 40's!

Along with my StrongFirst certifications and physical achievements, I hold certifications through the NSCA, FMS and Original Strength.

Now let's get you strong and durable to LIVE EMPOWERED!


Accepting new students. Training offered in person and online.
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John Odden and I have been colleagues for some years now collaborating as teachers and instructors both at his fantastic gym Empowered Strength and from afar working together on articles, programming, and training. John is an outstanding technical and strength coach and personal trainer, a superb colleague and collaborator, and a class act.

Kelly Thiel
I have been training with John Odden for 2.5 years now. I can honestly say that I have never been stronger than I am today. I have been an athlete all my life; but this is the first time I have received such a high-level of coaching. His knowledge and experience is such that I was inspired to join the StrongFirst community as an instructor, this past year in 2019. Training with John has helped me to be strong and pain-free, and to be able to live and play as I enter my late 40s! It has truly been a life-changing experience!


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City: Bend
Zip code: 97702
State: OR
Country: United States

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