Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Chuck has been immersed in the pursuit of strength and the art and science of physical transformation as a coach, athlete, and writer for over thirty years.
From 2017 to 2019, he was a member of the University of Pennsylvania's Strength and Conditioning staff, where he worked exclusively with Penn football. He also holds the prestigious Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist credential from the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Though not particularly gifted athletically, Chuck persisted and eventually totaled Elite in both the 198- and 220-pound weight classes in powerlifting competition. A common theme across many sports is that truly elite athletes—visual learners who naturally mimic complex athletic skills on an intuitive, nonverbal level—don’t often make the best coaches because they’re not able to explain what they do. Through his own struggles with mediocrity, including training with diabetes and overcoming major injuries, Chuck has developed a clear understanding of the requirements of progress for typical people. He prides himself on being a teacher capable of imparting his hard-earned knowledge to willing students and enjoys working with a variety of different populations, including athletes, children, seniors, and individuals with disabilities.
Chuck’s minimalistic approach to strength training eschews complex programming in favor of an unwavering message emphasizing effort, consistency, and discipline. If you train with him, be prepared to, as he says, “live in the rack.” Confined to a 3’ x 3’ space within this primitive steel cage is where he believes the strongest bodies and toughest minds are built one identical squat rep after another.
Two primary mentors have heavily influenced this approach. Marty Gallagher, trainer of elite athletes and author of The Purposeful Primitive, was Chuck’s coach and training partner for fifteen years. Together, they held many training seminars for diverse groups, including military special forces personnel, competitive athletes, trainers, and the general public.
Stuart McRobert, the author of six books on physique transformation, has provided guidance since before Chuck began contributing training articles to his flagship publication, HARDGAINER magazine, in the mid-1990s. Chuck's first book, Inside the Mind of an Iron Icon: on strength training and bodybuilding, is a comprehensive interview of McRobert for which Gallagher wrote the foreword. Chuck is also a monthly columnist for McRobert's new publication, HARDGAINER 2.0, a monthly digital magazine with all-new content launched in April 2021.
If you'd like to find Chuck elsewhere, check out his portfolio website for links to some of his published writing on a variety of topics, including several strength training articles for EliteFTS and IRONCOMPANY. He's also been a guest on the RAW with Marty Gallagher podcast and on Bob Whelan's Natural Strength Night podcast.
Strength Training for Competitive Athletes
General Strength and Conditioning
Strength Training for Beginners
Strength Training in Middle Age and Beyond
Powerlifting Programming and Meet Prep
Fine-tuning Lifting Technique