The best sports performance experts in the country—trainers, nutritionists, sport psychologists and others—contribute STACK's Sports Performance content. These men and women work with top athletes and teams, at both the collegiate and professional level, to help them get better and make smart training, nutrition, skills and gear choices. They regularly offer the benefits of their experience to help STACK's readers and web visitors become better athletes. Read about their backgrounds and find their articles and posts—all designed to help young athletes safely and effectively boost their performance. Learn More.
AK Ikwuakor ("Coach AK") is a Certified Strength and Conditioning and Sports Performance Specialist, NCAA Certified College Recruiting Coach, Level 2 Functional Movement Screener and USATF Certified Coach. He is a former four-time All-American at the University of Oregon. He has worked with over 1,000 athletes from around the globe and has used his passion for sports to travel to more than 25 countries, competing and teaching life skills and athletic development. In the summers of 2013 and 2014, through his organization Empower 2 Play and partnerships with the United States Embassy, he taught American football to over 250 under-resourced children in Quezon City, Philippines.
Alan Danzis is a lifelong technology enthusiast, which is something he inherited from his father. An early adopter, he had the first generation Sony TiVo, and he had to buy a special device just to plug the analog DVR into his digital phone line in college. Further showcasing his nerdiness, he attributes his exceptional typing skills to playing Sierra games as a kid. Danzis currently lives in Hoboken, N.J., where he usually plugs too many power cords into a single outlet. Keep up with him on Twitter @adanzis.
Alan Stein is the owner of Stronger Team and the head strength and conditioning coach for the nationally-renowned DeMatha Catholic High School boy’s basketball program. A performance consultant for Nike Basketball as well as the head conditioning coach for the annual McDonald’s All-American game, the Jordan Brand Classic and the Nike Summer Skills Academies, Stein is also a camp coach at the prestigious NBA Players Association’s Top 100 Camp and the Chris Paul CP3 Elite Backcourt Camp.
Alessandro Brazzit is the strength and conditioning coach for junior performance development at FC Treviso. He has worked as a strength and conditioning coach with several high school basketball teams in Italy and as a personal trainer in Australia. He received his M.S. in Sport Science from the University of Milan. Brazzit is also a certified FMS specialist Level II, through Functional Movement Systems. Follow him on Twitter @ABrazzit or on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AlexBrazzit.
Alex Allan is a Registered Kinesiologist from Toronto, Canada. He has been involved in strength and conditioning for 15 years and has worked seven years as a kinesiologist specializing in rehabilitation management. Allan holds an honors degree in Kinesiology and Health Science from York University, and he is certified as a corrective exercise specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. He runs The KIN Studio, a private practice in Toronto.
Alex Boyd currently serves as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Middle Tennessee State University, where she works with the women’s volleyball, soccer and softball programs. She previously served as a graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach at Eastern Illinois University and as a sports performance intern at Stanford University. She earned her undergraduate degree in physiology from the University of Arizona in 2010, while simultaneously serving as a strength and conditioning intern. Boyd is CSCS, SCCC, RSCC and CPT-certified, and she has presented at the Illinois NSCA Conference.