Team

Meet Our Coaches

Jason Ivesdal

Owner + Coach

Dave Mohr

Personal Trainer

Alex Nash

Personal Trainer

Jeremiah Trabant

Personal Trainer

Pong Lee

Personal Trainer

Dallas Westergren

Personal Trainer

Josh Waxdah

Personal Trainer

Austin Gunderson

Personal Trainer

Gabe Shinder

Personal Trainer

Dr. James Chapman

Personal Trainer

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Jason Ivesdal

Owner and Founder of Higher Power Training 
Personal Trainer
Sports Performance Coach
Nutrition Coach

Credentials

  • Bachelor of Science in Corporate and Community Fitness; Minor in Nutrition
  • NSCA-CSCS: National Strength and Conditioning Association and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • PPC 1: Poliquin Performance Coach Level 1
  • PPC 2: Poliquin Performance Coach Level 2
  • NASM-CPT: National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer
  • USAW CLUB COACH- United States Weightlifting Coach

Biography

Jason Ivesdal is the director and owner of Higher Power Training, Inc. He started personal training and sports performance training with athletes in 1997. He has trained everyone from a professional athlete (seeking to maximize performance), to television personalities (seeking to change their figures), to rehab patients, to the elderly (trying to improve function), to the average individual seeking to get stronger and leaner.  These diverse experiences have enabled him to work with anyone towards achieving any fitness related goal. Jason mostly trains individuals who truly will COMMIT to obtaining results. Everybody wants results, but in order to achieve results, one must COMMIT to do what it takes to achieve them.

  1. Commitment to learning. Since results are directly related to knowledge, he spends much of his free time researching medical databases, reading texts, and attending conferences, symposiums, and seminars from the top people in the field.
  2. Commitment to the “Live Fit” lifestyle. Jason won’t ask you to do anything he has not done himself. 
  3. Commitment to efficient and effective exercises. He doesn’t have his clients do circus acts with pink dumbbells.
  4. Commitment to the highest quality nutrition protocols and supplement protocols.

Training Experience and Specialization

  • Athletic Performance Clientele:

Professional level: Baseball, Boxing, Football, Hockey, Soccer, Mixed-Martial Arts. Collegiate level: Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, and Swimming. High School level: Baseball, Basketball, Dance, Football, Lacrosse, Hockey, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, and Track and Field.

  • Trained amateur bodybuilders and fitness competitors
  • Post-rehab and Corrective Exercise:  Have helped numerous people with chronic low back pain (utilize Mcgill protocols), knee, and shoulder pain through corrective exercise and the integration of nutrition to decrease inflammation and accelerate healing.
  • Developer of 21 Day Detox Program that can radically change your health, fitness, and fat loss in just 21 days
  • Specialize in accelerating weight loss, or more specifically, fat
  • Body Transformation (weight loss/ fat loss/ muscle definition): Utilize strength and performance training, interval training, and nutrition to increase muscle while losing body fat.

History in Fitness

  • Received B.S. in Corporate and Community Wellness and a Minor in Nutrition in 1997. 
  • Interned at the Tom Landry Sports Medicine Center in Dallas, TX in 1997.  Personal trained in the 55+  program and performed sports performance assessments with the Dallas Mavericks and Dallas Stars
  • Started in the personal training profession by working for author, presenter, creator of the Cooper Institute of Aerobics Research Center Biomechanics Certification, Everett Aaberg.  Everett was also named the International Dance and Exercise Association’s Personal Trainer of the year.  Told by Everett,  “I have never seen a trainer develop a full time status so quickly”.
  • Assisted with Biomechanics Course Instruction at Cooper Institute of Aerobics Research
  • Worked as a personal trainer at Flagship Athletic Club in Eden Prairie, MN.  Became the first “Master Level Trainer” for FAC and all the Northwest Clubs. 
  • Became Director of Training for FAC, supervising a staff of 20 trainers.  After realizing that corporate health clubs were not designed to deliver results, but instead to make money, he began to seek out other options and start planning his own business where the client is the first priority.
  • Started Higher Power Training, Inc. in Personal training and sports performance training. Built successful business with a team of trainers based on word of mouth alone.  
  • Started Higher Power Training Center in Feb 2008. 

Personal

  • Favorite Upper Body Exercise: Barbell 20° Decline Chain Chest Presses
  • Favorite Lower Body Exercise: Deadlifts
  • Least Favorite Upper Body Exercise: 1 ¼ offset grip incline bicep curls
  • Least Favorite Lower Body Exercise: Back Squats
  • Favorite Clean Food: Filet Mignon
  • Least Favorite Clean Food: Brussel Sprouts
  • Biggest Weakness: Pizza and Ice Cream
  • Married Ruth in 1997
  • Son Caleb Allen born June 2006

Dave Mohr

Personal Trainer
Sports Performance Coach

Credentials

  • Sports Exercise Science/Corporate Wellness
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association,
  • Certified strength and conditioning specialist
  • Poliquin International Certification Program Level 1
  • JSA weightlifting level 1 sports performance coach
  • American Heart Association CPR/First Aid

Biography

Dave Mohr started his personal training career in 1997. Before that, he gained valuable training knowledge and experience from the generous help of Brian Campbell, a former WNBF bodybuilder, and Lee and Mary Graese, nutritionists and former competitive powerlifters who have trained various amateur and professional athletes. Dave’s training experience ranges from training and coaching youth, as young as 6 years old, to middle school, high school, and college athletes, to working directly with rehab specialists, to the average individual looking to lose weight, gain strength, improve conditioning, and to the elderly who want more strength to improve overall function. Since 1997 Dave has been training independently, has worked in the private health club sector, and has worked for two private businesses in the health/fitness and sports conditioning field. Dave has a passion for training and living a healthy and fit lifestyle.

Training Experience and Specialization

Collegiate level: Rugby, Volleyball, Football, Softball, and Speed Training. High School level: Soccer, Basketball, Tennis, Lacrosse, Baseball, Football, Hockey, Golf, and Speed Training. Youth level: Coaching Rec Football and Soccer, Balance and Agility, Strength and Speed Training. Olympic Weightlifting and variations.

Personal

U.S. Air Force 1989-1992

Favorite exercises: weighted chin-ups, clean & jerk, plyos, squats, db traveling lunges, bulgarian split squats, pushing/pulling a sled 
Least favorite exercises: 45* incline barbell bench Press, ez bb preacher curl
Favorite clean food: grilled meat and fish Least favorite clean food: raw cauliflower
Biggest weakness: chocolate
I love to eat!

History

  • Sports Exercise Science / Corporate Wellness in 1997
  • Highlander Elite Fitness and Raquet Club in Brookfield, WI
  • Independent Trainer in Dallas, TX and Minneapolis, MN
  • Lifestyle Management in Minneapolis, MN
  • Sports Conditioning Specialist in Columbus, OH
  • Started with Higher Power Training in early 2007

Alex Nash

Personal Trainer
Sports Performance Coach

Credentials

  • Sports Kinesiology with an emphasis on Human Performance
  • Minor in Business Administration
  • ACSM certified personal trainer
  • American Heart Association CPR/First Aid

Training for sports has always been a passion for Alex. He began developing strength and conditioning programs in high school for his teammates and himself. His passion for training carried into college where he helped his team reach the national tournament.

Alex focuses on athletic lifts and movements that will kick your butt. He has traveled around the country to intern under prestigious strength trainers and coaches. He combines many different training styles to give you what you need.

Training experience and specialization

  • Weight loss
  • Mass building and strength gains
  • Injury prevention Functional movement

Training experience

  • Collegiate: Soccer
  • High School: Soccer, Basketball, Track and Field
  • Recreational: Baseball, Softball, Kickball, Dodgeball

Personal

  • Favorite Upper Body Exercises: Pull-ups and Clean and Press
  • Favorite Lower Body Exercises: Bulgarian Split Squats and Single Leg Squats
  • Least Favorite Upper Body Exercises: Chest Fly
  • Least Favorite Lower Body Exercises: Leg Extensions
  • Favorite Clean Food: Bison
  • Least Favorite Clean Food: Tomatoes
  • Biggest Weakness: Chocolate Chip Cookies

Jeremiah Trabant

Sports Performance Coach
Personal Trainer

Credentials

  • Bachelor of Science – Exercise Science
  • American Heart Association – First Aid, CPR, AED
  • Certified First Responder

Biography

Jeremiah began his fitness career while completing his degree at Winona State University, working with multiple collegiate athletic teams as a Strength and Conditioning intern. These teams included football, baseball, women’s soccer, as well as being appointed head strength coach of the Men’s Golf team. He also spent three semesters independently training university faculty and students with goals including weight loss, increasing muscle mass, and general fitness. Jeremiah advanced his knowledge in Denver, CO under the direction of Loren Landow at Steadman Hawkins Sports Performance working with athletes from youth to professional, combine and pro-day preparation for college football players entering the NFL draft as well as the average individual with weight loss, fitness and rehabilitation goals. Jeremiah is passionate about the fitness industry and improving people’s lives through exercise.

Specialization

  • Sports Performance, Speed, and Agility – All Sports
  • Increasing Muscle Mass
  • Fat Loss
  • Injury Prevention

History in Fitness

  • Sports Exercise Science – Winona State University – Winona, MN
  • Winona State Strength and Conditioning – Winona, MN
  • Personal Trainer – Winona State University Employee and Student Wellness Program – Winona, MN
  • Steadman Hawkins Sports Performance – Denver, CO
  • Started with Higher Power Training 2015

Personal

  • Favorite Upper Body Exercises: Clean and Jerk, Bent over Row
  • Least Favorite Upper Body Exercise: Shoulder Fly
  • Favorite Lower Body Exercises: Back Squat
  • Least Favorite Lower Body Exercises: Calf Raises
  • Favorite Clean Food: Grilled chicken and fish
  • Least Favorite Clean Food: Brussels Sprouts
  • Biggest Weakness: Anything chocolate

Pong Lee

Sports Performance Coach
Personal Trainer

Credentials

  • Bachelor of Arts – Exercise Science – 2017
  • American Heart Association – First Aid, CPR, AED

Biography

Pong’s passion in fitness began while he was attending school at Augsburg College, where he was completing his degree. After playing a year of football and a couple years of track, Pong turned his attention to joining the exercise science club where he worked in the fitness center of his college. In the summer of 2016, he interned at Higher Power Training, where he shadowed trainers and clients with different goals and reasons to train. Beginning January 2017, Pong was hired on to personal train at Higher Power Training.

Specialization

  • Fat Loss
  • Strength & Conditioning
  • Injury Prevention/Rehab
  • Sport Training (Football & Track)

History in Fitness

  • Exercise Science – Augsburg College – Minneapolis, MN
  • Exercise Science Club – Augsburg College – Minneapolis, MN
  • Internship with Higher Power Training 2016
  • Started with Higher Power Training 2017

Personal

  • Favorite Upper Body Exercises: Decline Dumbbell Bench Press
  • Least Favorite Upper Body Exercise: Standing Military Press
  • Favorite Lower Body Exercises: Conventional Barbell Deadlift
  • Least Favorite Lower Body Exercises: Calf Raises
  • Favorite Clean Food: Filet Mignon
  • Least Favorite Clean Food: Celery
  • Biggest Weakness: Pho

Dallas Westergren

Personal Trainer
Sports Performance Coach

Credentials:

  • Bachelor of Science- Exercise Science December 2017
  • NSCA CSCS: National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

Biography:

My name is Dallas Westergren, I began my fitness journey at Minnesota State University of Mankato. I knew I wanted to help people accomplish their goals and help them improve their lives through fitness which is why I decided to complete my degree in Exercise Science. I played multiple sports in high school such as baseball, basketball, and football. In the summer of 2016, I interned at Acceleration where I worked with a variety of different athletes. After working at Acceleration I had another internship at St. Claire High School where I worked with the football and volleyball teams correcting exercise techniques. After completing both internships I focused on getting my CSCS certification and after 6 months of studying I accomplished my goal. Beginning May 2018, I was hired on to train and coach at Higher Power Training.

Specialization:

  • Strength and Hypertrophy
  • Sports Performance
  • Fat Loss

History:

  • Sports Exercise Science- Minnesota State University Mankato, MN
  • Claire Strength and conditioning- St. Claire, MN
  • Acceleration Northwest Sports Performance Coach- Plymouth, MN
  • Amazing Athletes Fitness Coach- Minneapolis, MN

Personal:

  • Favorite Upper Body Exercises: Preacher Curl
  • Least Favorite Upper Body Exercises: Decline Bench Press
  • Favorite Lower Body Exercises: Back Squat
  • Least Favorite Lower Body Exercises: Walking Lunges
  • Favorite Clean Food: Chicken
  • Least Favorite Clean Food: Peas
  • Biggest Weakness: Pizza

Josh Waxdah

Personal Trainer
Sports Performance Coach

Credentials

  • Bachelor of Science – Health Promotion
  • ACSM Certified personal trainer

Biography

Josh developed an interest in fitness while competing in sports during high school. He decided to continue his fitness journey while completing his degree at South Dakota State University.  He gained experience at sports training centers in Sioux Falls, SD and Champlin, MN.  After completing his degree, he shifted his focus to training general fitness clients and active older adults at a local community center.  Josh’s philosophy is we are all athletes in the game of life. We need to be strong and fit to compete against the effects of aging.

Specialization

Functional Movement & Strength and Conditioning

History

  • Health Promotion, South Dakota State University
  • Internship with Avera Institute and Velocity Sports Performance
  • 10+ years personal training prior to HPT

Austin Gunderson

Personal Trainer

Credentials

  • Sports Kinesiology with an emphasis in Human Performance
  • ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist
  • American Heart Association CPR/First Aid

Biography

Training for sports performance has always been a passion for Austin. Austin’s sports performance journey began when he injured a shoulder playing high school football. This led to copious amounts of physical therapy and rehabilitation. During the rehabilitation phase of his shoulder injury, Austin found his true passion to help others reach their sports performance goals as well as rehabilitate athletes or anyone with an injury who wants to get back to full function. This has led him down the path of exercise science and he is currently in the process of gaining entry into Physical Therapy school. Austin is injury prevention minded due to his background and takes care to ensure his clients use proper form throughout his killer workouts. Austin has experience working with older folks dealing with chronic pain and injuries, college athletes, high school and middle school athletes. He is knowledgeable and prepared to help anyone reach their fitness goals.   

Specialization

  • Increasing muscle mass and strength
  • Fat Loss
  • Injury prevention/Rehabilitation
  • Functional Movement

Training Experience

  • Collegiate level Football Players
  • High School: Soccer & Hockey
  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu/Martial arts specific strength and conditioning
  • Folks in their 40s and 50s dealing with injuries and chronic pain

History in Fitness

  • Sports Kinesiology/Exercise Science- University of Minnesota
  • Internship Twin Cities Orthopedics- 2021
  • 1 Year working directly under Physical Therapists at Fairview Southdale Hospital as Rehab Tech
  • Internship with Higher Power Training Summer-2021
  • Began Training at Higher Power in Fall 2021
  • Pre- Physical Therapy Club- 2019-2021

Personal

  • Current Brazilian Jiu Jisu Competitor: Blue Belt
  • Favorite Upper Body Exercise: Weighted pull-ups and barbell bench press with chains
  • Least Favorite Upper Body Exercise: Incline Dumbbell Bench Press
  • Favorite Lower Body Exercise: Front Squats With Chains
  • Least Favorite Lower Body Exercise: Low Bar Back Squats
  • Favorite Clean Food: Steak
  • Least Favorite Clean Food: Asparagus
  • Biggest Weakness: Pizza and Fries

Gabe Shinder

Personal Trainer
Sports Performance Coach

Credentials:

  • Bachelor of Science – Exercise Science
  • American Heart Association – First Aid/CPR/AED

Biography:

Gabe found his love of fitness during high school when he had a dramatic weight loss after finishing his final season of football. With a new found desire to help others achieve what he never thought was possible for himself, he changed career paths and set off to Iowa State University to get his degree in Exercise Science. Gabe interned at Higher Power Training in the summer of 2022 and was later hired as a personal trainer and strength coach in the Spring of 2023. With his mind fixated on helping others achieve their goals, whether its weight loss, weight gains, rehabilitation, or enhanced performance, Gabe is locked in on the transformative process of helping others with their health and fitness regardless of their goals.

Specialization:

  • Muscle and Strength Gains
  • Sports Performance
  • Mobility Training
  • Fat Loss

History in Fitness:

  • Four Seasons Chiropractic Assistant 2019-2021
  • Sports Exercise Science and Nutrition – Iowa State University, IA
  • Iowa State University Internship 2022
  • Higher Power Training Internship 2022
  • Started with Higher Power Training in 2023

Personal:

  • Favorite upper body exercise: Bench Press
  • Least favorite upper body exercise: Pull Ups
  • Favorite lower body exercises: Barbell Back Squats
  • Lease favorite lower body exercise: Reverse Barbell Lunges
  • Favorite clean food: Chicken
  • Least favorite clean food: Tomato
  • Biggest Weakness: Potato Chips

Dr. James Chapman

Level 4 Personal Trainer
Sports Performance Coach
Sports Chiropractor

Credentials

  • Bachelor of Science in Physical Education – Non-Teaching; Minor in Corporate and Community Fitness and Wellness from Minnesota State University – Mankato
  • Doctorate of Chiropractic from Northwestern Health Sciences University, Bloomington, MN
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) – Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) and Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES)
  • National Sports Performance Association (NSPA) – Certified Speed and Agility Coach (CSAC), Certified Program Design Specialist (CPDS), and Certified Sports Nutrition Coach (CSNC)
  • Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) – Fitness 2 Certified and Medical 2 Certified
  • Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certified
  • Mental Performance Mastery Certified Coach
  • CPR/AED Certified

Biography

Dr. James first began personal training in 2000. He trained clients in a variety of gym and in-home settings until 2008 when he decided to further his education by attending chiropractic school. He was beginning to realize as his training career progressed that nearly every client that walked in the door had some sort of acute or chronic musculoskeletal issue that was affecting their ability to train pain-free. He felt that by adding the chiropractic skill set to his professional “toolbox” that he would be better able to serve his clients.

Since completing his Doctorate of Chiropractic in 2011, Dr. James has had the privilege of working with active individuals of all ages and skill levels. He loves the process of assessing a client that is currently experiencing pain or recovering from injury and creating and executing a training and treatment plan that allows them to overcome that injury, train pain-free, and perform at their best.

Training Experience and Specialization

Professional Level: Football, Hockey. Collegiate Level: Football, Hockey, Lacrosse, Track and Field, Basketball, Baseball, Softball. High School Level: Football, Hockey, Lacrosse, Wrestling, Track and Field, Basketball, Volleyball, Baseball, Softball, Soccer, Tennis.

Post-Rehab and Corrective Exercise: Dr. James has helped numerous people with acute and chronic joint and muscle pain.

History in Fitness and Chiropractic

  • Strength Coach Intern for the Minnesota (Now Rochester) Ice Hawks Junior Ice Hockey Team 1997.
  • Certified Personal Trainer at Northwest Athletic Club in Burnsville, MN.
  • Fitness Director and Certified Personal Trainer at The Forum for Health and Fitness (Now Anytime Fitness) in Forest Lake, MN.
  • Self-Employed Personal Trainer from 2004-2008.
  • Started Chiropractic School at Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, MN in January of 2008 and graduated in April of 2011.
  • Interned, Apprenticed and became a Doctor of Chiropractic at the Spine and Sports Institute (Now Orthology).
  • Doctor of Chiropractic and Sports Performance Trainer at Nelson Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Clinic in Willmar, MN.
  • Self-Employed Doctor of Chiropractic and Sports Performance Trainer at SSTAR Sports Performance in Eagan, MN.
  • Self-employed Doctor of Chiropractic from March 2020 to December 2023.
  • Personal Trainer and Doctor of Chiropractic at Higher Power Training from January 2018 to March 2020 and January 2024 to present.

Personal

  • Favorite Upper Body Exercise: DB Chest Press Variations
  • Favorite Lower Body Exercise: Deadlift Variations
  • Least Favorite Upper Body Exercise: Pull-ups
  • Least Favorite Lower Body Exercise: BB Back Squats
  • Favorite Clean Food: Chicken
  • Least Favorite Clean Food: Beets
  • Biggest Weakness: Pizza, Ice Cream, Cookies
  • Wife Anne, daughter Evalyn and son Walter

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