Kyle profile

If you are interested in a snap shot of my experiences and education in the field of human performance, scroll down to the bottom, otherwise, read on!

If you aren’t into reading or if you’d like to know even more, listen to a 45 minute interview Kyle did here:


I grew up in a household of boys, having 3 brothers and no sisters. As you can imagine, it was quite competitive, one of the four of us was always breaking some new record or pushing the others to become great.

My parents were real-world superheroes to us. My dad coached all four of us simultaneously while performing all of his other fatherly duties. I remember going to watch him play softball when I was a kid; the power that he crushed the ball with was amazing to me. The one year he hit 2 home runs per game! He was also able to dunk a basketball well into his 40’s.

My mother has the strongest will of anyone I have ever met, often working 18 hour days and always making sure we had whatever we needed to succeed. She also has a higher pain tolerance than anyone I know. More than once she had surgery and we didn’t even know it, getting back to full force in half the time of a normal person.

My grandfather on my mother’s side also had and still does have a huge influence on me. He is now 87 years old, still does masonry work, has ‘bone-crusher’ hands and still carries stones that weigh up to 300 pounds. His brother (my great uncle) was one of the top scientists for NASA for years.

Combine these people and you get me. I learned and absorbed from my parents and inherited their physical genes (they both have very muscular legs btwJ).

When I got to high school, I decided I was going to be the best basketball player in the town, a long shot in a big town, especially since I was only six feet tall. I remember going to a basketball camp at Villanova and the coach told me: “Every single time you pick up a basketball you get better, even if it is just one thousandth of a percent.” I took this idea and ran with it. I decided that I would take 500 jump shots per day for 1 straight year. I went to the YMCA after football practice (my junior year) every night to shoot. I shot so much on the basket in my driveway that the net literally ripped apart. I shot when it was 100 degrees, I shot when it was snowing….I had learned the principal of setting my sights on something and going for it. I made the varsity team that year, my older brother got cut and I remember thinking, “If only he’d come out and practiced with me.”….

Come my senior year, I had gotten so into weightlifting in order to help my basketball dreams that I fell in love with weightlifting, basketball fell behind to second fiddle. I became so entirely obsessed with bodybuilding and weightlifting that I would spend up to 3 hours lifting and trying new things out. I ordered Russian and Bulgarian ‘Secret’ weightlifting manuals. I needed to know the secrets to the best weightlifting programs in the world. In fact, much of what I learned and read back then I still use as a foundation today (I don’t even think the books are in print anymore). I put on 30 pounds of muscle in one summer! I didn’t want to play basketball anymore; I was going to dedicate myself to bodybuilding….or so I thought.

The coach was after me to play and I talked it over with my parents, realizing that I could no longer be the same player I was due to how much my body had changed. I agreed to play as long as the coach promised to let me lift every day. Soon enough, I realized that I would need to start lifting before school at 5 AM (for a high school kid!) so basketball wouldn’t interfere with the quality of my workouts. I did this religiously and I wound up starting at center for my high school my senior year. I was going up against kids 6 and 7 inches taller than me, some of them division 1 basketball or football players and I had a great year. I don’t think I shot the ball more than 20 times the whole season, but I was using my strength which I loved and none of the other centers could budge me an inch. I had literally transformed myself from a skinny high school kid into the strongest high school basketball player in the county! I am always fond of those memories when I think back to those days and the foundation that was laid in weightlifting and discipline.

When college rolled around, I was fortunate to study under Dr. Jose Antonio, the world’s foremost authority on sports nutrition. He was only there for one semester but I benefited because I could pick his brain anytime I liked. I also remember going to other professors with theories and diets I had created asking them if it would work and why and I often left frustrated because the professors had no clue as to what I was talking about (I later proved the theories to be correct). I was doing full body hypertrophy and strength workouts in the college weight room long before anyone had been doing those types of workouts.

However, with a bit too much enthusiasm for gaining muscular weight, I had ballooned to 260 pounds, strong but fat. I should have realized sooner as people would drive by me while I was riding my bike and they would yell out, “Lose some weight, fatty”! This was really the point at which I developed my nutritional theories, full-on. I shed the extra fat within a matter of months to become a lean and ripped 212 pounds (this was the point at which competing in bodybuilding first entered my mind) and was heading home to do an internship with the #1 collegiate strength coach in the nation, Jay Butler of Rutgers University. Jay was just one of the first ‘leading experts’ that I was fortunate to be mentored by. I had the chance to work with athletes that had phenomenal physiques to go along with their superior athleticism. I absorbed everything they were doing, noted how they ate, and spent as much time as I could around the athletes and Coach Butler. I trained that whole summer blending what they were doing with what I had previously been doing and by the end of the summer my ‘knowledge’ of strength training was so unique that people at my regular gym couldn’t help but stop me to ask me how I was getting such superior and advanced results….It was at this point that I decided I would compete in my first bodybuilding show.

Fast forward 2 years and a few top finishes in bodybuilding shows when I was mysteriously stricken with a two year stomach disease. I traveled the country trying to find answers to no avail. I urged and convinced doctors to perform ‘experimental’ procedures on me, some of them helped, some of them didn’t. (It was those first ‘experiments’ that would later add fuel to the fire in my self-experimentation and the methods of strength and nutrition that would best help the body grow bigger, faster and stronger than humanely possible). I lost a total of 40 pounds of muscle during those two years and competing was longer a possibility. When I had finally hit this rock-bottom time of my life, I decided to go against the doctor’s wishes and compete again. I applied different theories of the mind, cutting edge nutritional science and my training methods to gain 45 pounds of muscle during that one year alone! By the time I was done competing that Spring, I had been cured of my mysterious disease! I learned more about psychology and the human spirit during that time than I did during my previous 25 years of life. In fact, I stress the mind and spirit as much or more during the physical challenges my guys face in the gym, day after day.

During my comeback year in bodybuilding, I lost one of my contests in a legendary battle against Tim Martin, who would go on to win the Team Universe in 2008, making him the best natural bodybuilder in the world. Instead of becoming rivals, Tim and I became training partners and friends and during my two years training with him, I was able to pick up countless tips and secrets from a living legend. It seems that during every turn in my life I had been fortunate enough meet mentors that are/were nothing short of miraculous. I have taken the life and lifting lessons from each and every one of them like a sponge absorbs water and I truly believe that is a big part of what makes me “The Human Strength Expert”.

I have always been able to overcome any challenge that was thrown my way and I attribute this to the fact that I developed and honed a laser like focus through sports and bodybuilding. I always had the knack to seek out and learn from the best and apply, apply, apply. I have overcome near bout with Crohn’s disease, gone on to be nominated as author of the year for one of the top fitness websites in the world despite all of my brothers being 400 SAT points higher than me and I am currently in a battle with what has been called ‘the worse knee-injury they have ever seen’ by my surgeon and physical therapist.

I know that I will heal and have a fuller recovery from my injury than the few NFL players that it has happened to because of my training and nutrition knowledge, super fast healing abilities and access to the finest minds in the ‘strength world’ at the drop of a hat.

Through my laser like focus I was also able to get scholarship offers for basketball (shot 500 jump shots per day in high school) and win multiple times on the bodybuilding stage. I have developed a very unique approach to exercise and nutrition by combining and applying my years of competitive sport and bodybuilding, getting the best of both worlds.

I currently apply this all at Newell Strength, now being recognized as one of the top ‘gyms’ in the country.

It is now present day and I am constantly hustling to find out the ‘truth’ behind the physical human potentials of athletic performance, fat loss, muscular hypertrophy, strength, power and speed. My library is overflowing with books from the Orient on human energy, manuals from Eastern European Olympic weightlifting, the transcripts of recordings of my phone calls with other top strength coaches around the globe are scattered across my desk and my DVD case is full of rare footage strength seminars and courses. I continue to draw and map out new theories and plans on my ‘Think Board’ every morning, aiming to transform our members from ordinary to extraordinary!

Kyle currently lives in Hillsborough with his wife Devon, their 1 year old son, Braxton aka Munchie and their two labs, Mateena and Dax

The gang

The gang


  • BS from University of Delaware in Fitness Management (2003)
  • Intern/volunteer with Rutgers Football Strength and Conditioning (2003-2006)
  • Health and Physical Education certification from Kean University (2006)
  • MS in Exercise Science from The University of Texas Pan American (2010)
  • Cerfitied Sports Nutritionist (CISSN)
  • Certified Physical Preparation Specialist (CPPS)
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
  • Author of the #1 selling Patellar Tendon Injury book in the world: How to Recover from Your Patellar Tendon Rupture in Record Time
  • Author of Anabolic Recharge


John Whelan

disc herniation healing….you ok? BTW….. shipped a wedding gift to you and Devon from me , Nancy & Craig. Should be arriving soon. ~Wizard~


Can’t wait! Ya its all good, experimenting with a lot of different things to heal quicker, I think its finally on the right track!

Marcellus Hill

Hey Mr. Kyle, you do not know me at all but currently I am suffering from a patellar tendon rupture full on and severe. It is the worst injure and pain I have ever felt. I had surgery 11 am Wednesday. I couldn’t spend time with my family on Thanksgiving or share the moments with my little brother during his last hs football game. I’m a really tough guy, been injured on multiple occasions and fought through them all. But this one is different. Its hard for me to obtain sleep. Earlier on the percs I’ve been taking were putting me down but stopped two nights ago. I have been finding peace in your videos on YouTube. I even went further on to read into your bio on Newell strength site. There were some things that caught me attention. I go to Rutgers and I am a health science major. My aspirations are to be a physical therapist and health nutrition and exercise coach, helping people over come mental and physical injuries like this one, the same one you experienced. My motivations stem from myJunior years when I suffered a c4 vertebrae injury. The only one there to support me after was my mom, who I love dearly. My coaches, teammates gave up on me and forgot about me. Everybody went on with their lives and completely over looked a kid who could have took sports far with just guidance from someone who could help. My mom did the best she could and focus me in on interest in physical therapy. Been my dream ever since to see no kid go through any severe injuries alone on my watch. You Have been doing that for me via YouTube. I feel like I know you but I obviously don’t . I hope to meet you one day and learn from you. That’s what this is about. I noticed your accomplishments are pretty local. I don’t know where Hillsborough ? Is ? But I seek to learn from you about strength, nutrition, injury recovery, the whole nine. Lol I have been denying the ice my mom has been trying to put on my knee. Any person with common sense would know ice stabilizes and solidifies no matter the Structure and the last thing I need is for my knee to be stiff and in more pain upon movement. I really hope you answer back. Thank you. I left you the same message in your DM on instagram. My instagram is makaveli_95. Thanks Mr. Kyle. Even if you dont reply you have been giving me peace.

Ed DeCelie

HI Kyle,
Love the article on training pitchers will try to use it with my son aged 16, 6’2″ and 155 lbs. He’s touching the high 70s now but is capable of much more.

You mentioned Jim Wagner who was Trevor Bauer’s pitching coach and I was wondering what device he used to help Trevor learn to use his legs better? In the Sports Illustrated article about Trevor, they mention that he used a velcro harness he made to help him isolate the lower half. Would you know anything about this? What would you recommend to help a pitcher to learn to use his lower half?


Ed DeCelie


Hi Ed, glad you have been liking the content. Coach Wagner and I didn’t get into the strength training as much. But I can tell you that with my guys, lunging is a huge component in teaching them how to push off and really mimic that pitching motion. That would the most sport specific exercise for lower body training for pitchers. But we use dead lets, squats (variations of both) and the sleds to really get them powerful and strong. Once the motor recruitment is there, no need to specialize too much, that is what pitching practice is for:) Hope this helps-Kyle

Nancy Yuzuik

Hi, Kyle! Saw a posting on John’s facebook about your gym. I’m glad you are doing well. I’m not surprised-I knew you were somebody special when I met you several years ago at BBHS. I read part of your website, and plan on looking at all of it.


Hi Nancy! That is too kind of you! So good to hear from you! Johnny told me he spoke with you. How is everything? Swing by the gym one day, would be cool if you could come see it in person:)

Tom Meola

Hi Kyle

I know you have had better days.

With your strength of mind and our prayers, you will not fail.

Please keep us up to date on your journey (I enjoy reading emails and blogs).

Kind regards,



Thanks Tom! Your thoughts and prayers mean so much to me! I will keep you posted for sure. Let me know if you ever want to come hang at the gym and keep me company:) -Kyle

Mando carrizales

Hey kyle was wondering if i could ask you a few questions about your ruptured patella surgery you had .


Yes, let me know how you want to talk, I’d be glad to help you-Kyle

Mando carrizales

Could you give me a call please (903)373-8443

Mando carrizales

Hey kyle how you been doing? Was curious when your were rehabing your knee back into play , how would you work out your upper body and still rehab your knee? Work out upper body first and then rehab your knee? If so what kinda time would you spend on each work out?


Hey Mando, I would do complexes or superset. Sometimes I just did the knee rehab by itself at the beginning or the end. Important thing is to do it multiple times per week. Knee rehab can take roughly 20 min to one hour, depending on what the focus is…ill make a new video about it

Steve Urglavitch

Kyle, in January, I had a motorcycle accident which tore my left knee apart. Torn patellar tendon – right down the middle, torn ACL, torn PCL and torn lateral meniscus. Pretty heavy duty injury. I’m 44 and was a college ice hockey player; I was still relatively fit when the accident happened. Weights 3/4 days a week and swimming 3/4 days for 60 minutes.

Anyway, surgery went well – had everything repaired at one time rather than multiple surgeries. Rehab has been ok, I’m swimming / biking / hiking etc, but the patellar injury just does not want to heal or strengthen quickly. I still can’t run on it or jump without extreme pain. I’m seven months out from the surgery. This tendon did need a tendon graft from a 19 year old cadaver it was so completely shredded.

Do you have any tips to strengthen this ligament? My surgeon did put a potential 12 month timeframe on the healing of this patellar graft.

Thanks man. Go Flyers.

Steven. In Virginia


Hi Steve, sorry for late reply! I remember you from a while back. How is it going now? 7 months isn’t that long and I haven’t regained 100% capacity still either. I work around it and continue to strengthen it. But with and injury like ours, I’d say its more like 2 years before you are back to ‘normal’ Also, understand that normal may not be what you once were, you are repaired not fixed. I would stick with sled walking and a ton of hamstring work! Let me know-Kyle

Alvaro Beltran

Hi Kyle,

How you been doing ? My name is Alvaro, I am 40. I am from Colombia, I had rupture of my patellar tendon in September 26th during a soccer game. I had my surgery in Oct 2nd. Now I am working really hard on my rehab, I am doing pretty good. I was wondering if there is a chance to find a copy of your book ? I been watching your videos to catch some tips and advice, I have a lot of hope on my recovery. Well I hope everyting is doing ok for you now, thanks for the videos and the hope messages to people with this problem.




Hi Alvaro, sorry to hear about the tendon. The ebook is on my site, you should see it in the right side bar. Let me know if you have trouble finding it. The hard copy is being printed, so hopefully in 10 days that will be available. Let me know how else I can help in your recovery-Kyle

Gary Munsell

Hi Kyle, How are you doing? I am 51 yrs old and had a complete rupture of my right patella tendon. It has been 9 months since surgery and am just transitioning to a cane from a walker. It has been a very slow process, I’m working hard but seem stuck at about 90 degrees rom. I’m starting to see some muscle development finally and as a former competitive bodybuilder this is giving me some hope. Does this seem normal or slow as far as progress to you? Any info would be greatly appreciated as I really want to get my life back, this has been a tough and depressing injury to come back from.
Gary Munsell


Hi Gary! You are a bit behind with your ROM. By this point, ROM of motion should be full. It is a very tough injury to come back from. Did you pick up a copy of the manual I wrote about the whole process? If not, let me know and I can send you the link, I outline everything in detail in there. Keep your head up buddy! -Kyle

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