About Jim Kielbaso

Jim Kielbaso

Jim Kielbaso

I am currently the President of the International Youth Conditioning Association and the director of the Total Performance Training Center in Wixom, Michigan where I still train athletes every day.  I went to Michigan State University for a BS in Exercise Science and received my MS in Kinesiology from the University of Michigan.  I got my  NSCA-CSCS back in 1995, and did the NASM Certified Personal Fitness Trainer certification back in 1993 when you actually had to go to Chicago and do the whole thing live, in-person. I was the Strength & Conditioning Coach at the University of Detroit Mercy from 1996-2002 and earned the distinction of NSCA Strength & Conditioning Professional of the Year for the Midwestern Collegiate Conference (now the Horizon League) in 1998. I was also an adjunct faculty member at UDM, teaching several courses in the Department of Sports Medicine. I served as the State Director for the National Strength & Conditioning Association for six years, and Regional Coordinator for four years.

I have written three books, produced multiple training videos and authored numerous articles. I’ve been fortunate enough to be a featured presenter at clinics, camps, and conferences across the country. My speed program Ultimate Speed Development has been used all over the world, and my book Ultimate Speed & Agility is considered by many to be the most practical speed mechanics and programming book on the market.  I wrote the Certified Speed and Agility Specialist certification curriculum for the International Youth Conditioning Association.  Along with other coaches, I started blogs about neck training, preventing concussions, long term athlete development, and football training. I also serve as a sports training business consultant to business owners who want to maximize the profitability of their sports training businesses.

I’ve been blessed to have worked with thousands of athletes at all levels of competition (youth, high school, national level, collegiate, Olympic, NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL), and I’ve learned a great deal from all of them.  I have also had the opportunity to consult for many teams and schools including the 2012 NCAA Champions – the University of Kentucky Men’s Basketball Team, the University of Michigan Football Program (combine training) and Saginaw Valley State University football and basketball.

“I really enjoy training with Jim Kielbaso at Total Performance.  He definitely understands what athletes need and his training methods work.  If you get a chance to train with Jim or learn about his training methods, I absolutely recommend you take it.”
     Kyle Vanden Bosch
     3-Time NFL Pro Bowl Selection

Jim Kielbaso is great at what he does.  Every time I work with him I feel I feel fast, explosive and well conditioned.  Jim is a very knowledgeable trainer and you should start training with him now.”

     Cliff Avril – Seattle Seahawks DE

Jim Kielbaso, Kyle Vanden Bosch, Cliff Avril

Jim Training Detroit Lions Kyle Vanden Bosch, Cliff Avril & Don Muhlbach

Some of Jim’s past and present clients include:

Paris Lenon – Phoenix Cardinals/Denver Broncos
Antonio Gates – San Diego Chargers
Kyle Vanden Bosch – Detroit Lions (retired)
Cliff Avril – Seattle Seahawks
Devin Funchess – Carolina Panthers (2nd round draft pick)

Frank Clark – Seattle Seahawks (2nd round draft pick)

Lawrence Thomas – New York Jets

Aaron Burbridge – San Francisco 49’ers

Jake Butt – Denver Broncos

Jake Rudoch – Detroit Lions

Graham Glasgow – Detroit Lions

Jarrod Wilson – Jacksonville Jaguars

Alex Erickson – Cincinnati Bengals

Jake Lampman – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Jehu Chesson – Kansas City Chiefs

Tim Shaw – Tennessee Titans

Andy Mulumba – Green Bay Packers/Kansas City Chiefs

Jeremy Clark – New York Jets

Justin Zimmer – Atlanta Falcons

Brady Sheldon – Cleveland Browns

Joe Kerridge – Green Bay Packers

Henry Poggi – New England Patriots

Tavierre Thomas – Arizona Cardinals

Jeff Heath – Dallas Cowboys

Joe Barksdale – San Diego Chargers

Sean Hooey – New York Jets

Edwin Baker – New Orleans Saints

Joique Bell – Detroit Lions/Chicago Bears

Fitz Toussaint – Pittsburgh Steelers

Thomas Gordon – New York Giants/Toronto Argonauts

Cam Gordon – New England Patriots/Kansas City Chiefs

Dan France – Cincinnati Bengals

Bennie Fowler – Denver Broncos/Chicago Bears

Tyler Hoover – Indianapolis Colts

Brennen Beyer – Baltimore Ravens

Willie Green – Philadelphia 76ers
Jalen Rose – NBA
Maurice Taylor – NBA
Jermaine Jackson – NBA
Dezmond Ferguson – NBA & Owner of Moneyball Sports Wear
Kyle Lawson – Carolina Hurricanes Org
Erik Condra – Tampa Bay Lightning

Scott Wietecha – Washington Capitals Org

Dez Martin – Detroit Lions

Andrew Gleichert – Philadelphia Eagles

Jim Kielbaso, Tim Shaw, Neck Training

Neck Training with Tennessee Titans LB Tim Shaw

Shaun Hill – Minnesota Vikings
Andre Fluellen – Buffalo Bills
Jake Nordin – Detroit Lions
Don Muhlbach – Detroit Lions
Sammie Hill – Tennessee Titans

Jason Hanson – Detroit Lions
Rob Callaway – Dallas Cowboys

Turk McBride – New Orleans Saints

David Kircus – NFL & UFL (retired)
Brian Alford – NFL (retired)
Luther Ellis – NFL (retired)
Lamanzer Williams – NFL (retired)
Josh Miller – CFL (retired)
Charleston Hughes – CFL All-Pro, Calgary Stampeders

Mylan Hicks – Calgary Stampeders

Jabar Westerman – BC Lions (2nd overall CFL draft pick)

Earnie Jackson – Calgary Stampeders
Detroit Ingition Professional Indoor Soccer Club
Bacari Alexander – Harlem Globetrotters & current U of Michigan basketball coach
Ricky Bryant – NFL & Arena Football League
Steve Wasil – Arena Football QB
Markita Aldridge – WNBA
Dean Rovinelli – International Baseball
Charlie Haeger – Chicago White Sox
Detroit Arsenal Soccer Club

Many college athletes including competitors from:
Notre Dame – Hockey, Football
Michigan State – Football, Hockey, Soccer
University of Michigan – Football, Basketball, Hockey, Soccer, Baseball
Illinois – Soccer, Football
Northwestern – Football
Cincinnati – Football
Lake Superior State – Hockey, Volleyball
Bowling Green – Football, Baseball, Hockey
Toledo – Baseball, Football
Western Michigan – Football, Soccer
Central Michigan – Football, Soccer
Eastern Michigan – Football, Soccer
And athletes at Grand Valley, Saginaw Valley, Ferris State, Northern Michigan, Hillsdale, Miami of Ohio, Akron, Purdue, Dayton, Butler, Wayne State, U of Findlay, Oakland University, Albion College, Alma College, Adrian College, Michigan Tech, Northern Michigan, Tiffin, Vanderbilt, Georgia Southern, Princeton, Yale, Cornell, MIT, Georgetown, Bucknell, and many more schools.

I also prepare football players for the NFL Combine and NFL Pro Days every winter.  Below is a brief video that describes what I offer and a second video that will give you a feel for my combine prep program.    If you’re interested in more information about Combine Prep, please contact me at Jim@JimKielbaso.com.