Professional Baseball Strength & Conditioning

Interview with Johnny Larson

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Johnny Larson began his strength and conditioning career as an Exercise Science Major at Hofstra University where he also served as the Student Manager for their Division 1 Collegiate Softball Program. It is during this time where he began interning at the Professional Athletic Performance Center in Garden City, New York. Upon completion of his Dual Bachelor’s Degree program at Hofstra, Johnny enrolled in the Graduate Program for Sport Sciences at Hofstra while simultaneously interning at the United States Military Academy at West Point under the guidance and direction of Coach Scott Swanson, Kyle Ferrell and Tanna Burge and worked primarily with their Division 1 Wrestling Team. After several months at Army West Point, Johnny took his professional endeavors down to Tuscaloosa where he was able to serve as a Volunteer Assistant Strength Coach at the University of Alabama. During his tenure in T-Town, he assisted with the implementation of their Softball Program which went to the College World Series Final, working alongside Michelle Diltz and Head Coach Patrick Murphy, as well as writing the programs for the Alabama Cheerleading team, which in that year, won the UCA National Championship. After working the floor for several months, Coach Terry Jones, Master CSCCA Strength Coach and former Alabama Crimson Tide Athlete and Green Bay Packer, brought Johnny on to work with Alabama Football’s tight end and linebackers during the first season of the College Football Playoff System. It is during this time where he also had the opportunity to work under Scott Cochran, arguably one of the most influential strength and conditioning coaches in the entire Sports/Health and Wellness Industry. After spending a little over a year in Alabama, Johnny was offered a full-time assistant strength and conditioning coach position with the St. Louis Cardinals where he worked with Major League Baseball Players during spring training and served as the Advanced A Ball Strength Coach at their Spring Training Home in Jupiter, Florida. Upon completion of the season, Manhattan College brought him in to serve as the first full time strength and conditioning coach in their school’s athletic department where he coached all 19 teams, built a weight room, developed the fiscal year budget and brought in assistant coaches and interns. Most recently, before coming to Soho Strength Lab in New York City, Johnny served as the strength and conditioning coordinator for Olympic Sports at Florida Atlantic University where he worked primarily with their Nationally Recognized Baseball program, as well as Volleyball, Softball, Women’s Soccer and Track and Field. Johnny is currently finishing his Master’s Degree in Sports Sciences from Hofstra University and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in both Political Science and Exercise Physiology. He is CSCS Certified through the NSCA and also possesses the USAW Level 1 Sports Performance Certification. He is a native of the Bronx, New York.

If you would like to learn more from Johnny, you can follow him on social media:

Instagram: @johnny_larson89

Twitter: @JPLarson89

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