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© 2017 by Coach Rut.

Michael Rutherford (a.k.a. Coach Rut) has over a quarter century of fitness coaching experience including working with competitors from the ranks of international, Olympic, collegiate, high school, middle school and elementary school aged athletes. Coach Rut also has worked in hospital wellness environments and rehabilitation clinics. All of these experiences have allowed him to bridge the gap between the needs of the competitor and those of the man, woman and child seeking enhanced personal health and fitness. 

Coach has been a regular contributor to the CrossFit Journal , The Performance Menu , WHOLE9 and BREAKING MUSCLE where his Max Effort Black Box (M.E.B.B) collection is the most requested back issue. He has produced five DVDs ranging from nutrition to program design, and his Dumbbell Moves series is the number one selling DVD on the application of the most underutilized tool in any strength training program.

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All of us are athletes. Some of us are in training and some of us are not. Our job as a coach is to awaken the inner athlete.

Coach holds academic degrees in biology and physical education, and Master’s degrees in exercise physiology and sports biomechanics. He is a certified Club Coach by the United States Weightlifting Association and is a CrossFit level III certified coach.

Coach Rut participates in the sport of weightlifting and is a four time National Master Champion at 94kg. He also holds the National Masters snatch lift record of 103 kilograms.

Timeline of Career and Experiences

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Launched Athletics 

1970

Head Strength & Conditioning Coach at Washburn University

1983

M.S. Ed. Exercise Physiology & Sports Biomechanics undergrad B.S. Biology & B.S. Physical Education

1984

Program Director  LIFEWISE at the Vista

1985

EKIN Technical Representative NIKE Inc.

1990

Bootcamp Fitness personalized "group" exercise training.

2001

Affiliation with CrossFit Inc. | CrossFit Kansas City as the 4th CrossFit Affiliate in the world 

2004

Published "Max Effort Black Box" with BREAKING MUSCLE. The first method to incorporated dedicated strength training with the CrossFit method.

2012

Wins Third National Masters Weightlifting Championship | Establishes National Masters Record in the Snatch 

2014

Sells Bootcamp Fitness | The Journey Continues

2016