We are pleased to introduce to you Coach Doug Briggs, Olympic Weightlifter and a long-time friend and colleague within the Physical Culture community.
Doug Briggs, Ph.D., is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS, *D) and a Registered Strength & Conditioning Coach, (RSCC,*D) with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and a NSCA Fly Solo Mentor. Doug was voted the NSCA “Tactical Strength & Conditioning Facilitator of the Year for 2014” in April 2014 and was nominated for the NSCA “High School Strength Coach of the Year” in 2016.
Doug has been involved in strength and conditioning for over 30 years and was nominated for the NSCA Professional Strength & Conditioning Coach Award for 2013. He is a competitive Olympic weightlifter who won the 2002 and 2005 Pan American Masters Weightlifting Championships, setting a new Pan American Masters Snatch record in 2002. Doug has also won the 2005 and 2007 USA Weightlifting Masters National Championships. He was named male “Athlete of the Year” for the 2002 New Mexico State Games and “Athlete of the Month” for his participation in a 36-week International Natural Weightlifting Case Study sponsored by Flora Health. He has held over 100 state records in Olympic weightlifting.
Currently Doug is the Director of Human Performance for the U.S. Army at Fort Bliss, Texas, where he has been for 14 years. He is the founder of the Mission Essential Fitness (MEF) program currently being used to train Soldiers. He is also an adjunct associate professor in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Texas-El Paso and is a former faculty member in the Human Performance Department at New Mexico State University.
Subjects that he teaches, or has taught, include anatomy, motor development, principles of strength & conditioning, personal training, test and measurements, as well as beginning, intermediate, and advanced women’s and Olympic weightlifting. Doug has also written for numerous magazines including Pure Power Magazine, Bliss Now, and the Army Times, to name a few and has two published books; “Sixteen Weeks to Weight Training Success” and “Built for Strength: A Basic Approach to Weight Training Success for Men and Women.”
Previously Doug owned a Powerhouse Gym for 12 years and a sports performance center training center that became an Olympic-style weight training facility that produced numerous collegiate national champions and national level athletes. Doug has acted as an assistant coach for the men’s and women’s teams of USA Weightlifting (USAW) at the World University and College Championships and the Young Louis Cyr Competition in Canada in 2000. He is a USA Weightlifting Regional Coach and has previously served as President for three terms, and as Secretary for the New Mexico Local Weightlifting Committee (LWC) of USA Weightlifting.
Fort Bliss has hosted the 2006 and 2009 USA Weightlifting Masters National Championships and the 2007 International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Pan American Masters Weightlifting Championships
Doug has one son, Alexander Maximus, who was the world’s youngest registered weightlifter and competed in his first contest at the age of 11 months. Alexander currently trains with weights, plays high school and travel baseball and is listed as one of the top 15-year-old majors baseball players in the United States in tournament select baseball. Alexander is an NSCA All-American in baseball strength & conditioning and in Olympic weightlifting.
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