About Jim Kielbaso

Jim KielbasoJim Kielbaso is currently the director of the Total Performance Training Center in Wixom & Rochester Hills, Michigan where he still train athletes every day.  Jim went to Michigan State University for a BS in Exercise Science and became a traitor when he went to the University of Michigan for my M.S. in Kinesiology.  At Michigan, he had the opportunity to intern under legendary strength coach Mike Gittleson.  He earned his NSCA-CSCS back in 1995, and did the NASM Certified Personal Fitness Trainer certification in 1993. He 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. He was also an adjunct faculty member at UDM, teaching several courses in the Department of Sports Medicine. Jim served as the State Director for the National Strength & Conditioning Association for six years, and Regional Coordinator for four years.

Jim has written three books, produced multiple training videos and authored numerous articles. He is a featured presenter at clinics, camps, and conferences across the country and I am a co-founder of www.UltimateStrengthAndConditioning.com. His speed program Ultimate Speed Development has been used all over the world, and his latest book Ultimate Speed & Agility was released this year.  Along with Adam Stoyanoff, Jim also blogs about neck training, Football Training and how to gain weight.

Jim has 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.  Jim helps numerous athletes prepare for the NFL Combine and NFL Pro Days every year.  He has also had the opportunity to consult for many teams and schools including the 2012 NCAA Champions – the University of Kentucky Men’s Basketball Team.

Jim Kielbaso, Kyle Vanden Bosch, Cliff Avril

Jim training Detroit Lions Kyle Vanden Bosch, Cliff Avril & Don Muhlback

Some of Jim’s past and present clients include:
Paris Lenon – Phoenix Cardinals
Antonio Gates – San Diego Chargers
Kyle Vanden Bosch – Detroit Lions
Cliff Avril – Detroit Lions
Tim Shaw – Tennessee Titans

Shaun Hill – Detroit Lions
Andre Fluellen – Detroit Lions
Jake Nordin – Detroit Lions
Don Muhlbach – Detroit Lions
Sammy Hill – Detroit Lions

Jim Kielbaso, Tim Shaw, Neck Training

Jim training Tennessee Titans LB Tim Shaw

Jason Hanson – Detroit Lions
Rob Callaway – Dallas Cowboys
Joique Bell – New Orleans Saints

Turk McBride – New Orleans Saints

Willie Green – Philadelphia 76ers
Jalen Rose – NBA
Maurice Taylor – NBA
Jermaine Jackson – NBA
Dezmond Ferguson – NBA
Kyle Lawson – Carolina Hurricanes Org
Erik Condra – Ottawa Senators

Scott Wietecha – Washington Capitals Org

Torey Krug – Boston Bruins

David Kircus – NFL & UFL
Brian Alford – NFL
Luther Ellis – NFL
Lamanzer Williams – NFL
Josh Miller – CFL
Charleston Hughes – CFL All-Pro
Detroit Ingition Professional Indoor Soccer Club
Bacari Alexander – Harlem Globetrotters
Ricky Bryant – NFL & Arena Football League
Steve Wasil – Tampa Bay Storm – Arena Football QB
Markita Aldridge – WNBA
Dean Rovinelli – International Baseball
Charlie Haeger – Chicago White Sox
Detroit Arsenal Soccer Club

Suzy Paxton – US Olympic Fencing Team

Val Smith – US Bobsled Team

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 really enjoy training with Jim Kielbaso. He definitely understands what athletes need and his training methods work.  If you get a chance to train with Jim or even learn his training methods, I absolutely recommend you take it.”

Kyle Vanden Bosch
Detroit Lions Defensive End
3-Time Pro Bowl Selection


“Jim has organized, structured and formatted one of the finest resources ever put into print on the subject. My advice: Get a copy of Ultimate Speed & Agility and get busy making your athletes faster and more agile.”

Ken Mannie
Director of Strength & Conditioning
Michigan State University


“Jim Kielbaso has worked with our football program in a number of different ways (speed, strength, conditioning, nutrition) over the years and I have seen tremendous results from everything he offers. Jim was able to take everything we were doing to another level.  He really knows his stuff and he has given our players the additional skills and techniques to play at the next level.”

Mike Zdebski
Head Football Coach – Walled Lake Western (MI)


Ultimate Speed & Agility is an absolute MUST for any coach, trainer or athlete looking to improve speed and athleticism. It is no-nonsense. All business. A MUST.”

Mickey Marotti
Director of Strength & Conditioning
Ohio State University


“I can’t tell you the amazing effect Jim’s program has had on my athletes.  Each one – without exception – who has followed Jim’s advice has become more explosive, can cut quicker, and dominates on the field.

Seriously – speed and agility programs do not get any better than this. I don’t care if you’re a parent, a player, or a fellow coach – you need this.”

Chris Miller
Loyola High School, CA


“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
Detroit Lions Defensive End

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