Dr. David LaPlaca earned his PhD in Kinesiology with a cognate in Nutrition from the University of Georgia, where he completed his dissertation “The Characteristics that Differentiate Expert, Competent, and Beginner Strength and Conditioning Coaches.”  David has over seven years of experience as a strength and conditioning coach. He has worked at NCAA Division I FBS, Division I FCS, and the Division III levels, as well as in the private sector, where he has worked with professional athletes and over 20 different team sports. He’s also written many performance articles and been featured in prominent magazines such at T-Nation and STACK magazine. In addition, he has earned close to a dozen strength and conditioning-related certifications and distinctions including becoming a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Follow David on social media at





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