Meet Coach

John cauthen


“Growing up in sports and being involved in fitness has built the foundation of who I am today. The feeling of being a part of a team or watching the countless hours of training in the gym pay off, will always bring an overwhelming sense of purpose and belonging. With a world full of greedy, disingenuous, and under-skilled trainers, I strive to be the vessel that makes you fall in love with Health & Fitness and provide you with the skills to live a long healthy life.”

John and Rosemary

I grew up in a small town in South Carolina where everybody knows everybody and a type of place where people leave their doors unlocked at night. I started playing baseball at the age of 5 and that continued on all throughout my youth and into high school. Being an only child, baseball gave me an outlet to be a part of a team and build foundational characteristics that have shaped me into the man I am today. I stopped pursuing baseball once I graduated high school and started to solely focus on my college career at Lander University where I graduated with my Bachelors in Exercise Science. Throughout my time in college I grew a passion for powerlifting after my dad took me to a local powerlifting meet near my hometown. Being a former powerlifter himself, he wanted to show me a new area to take my competitive spirit and boy was he right.

I quickly started to grow more and more in love with the sport and strength training in general, devoting countless hours researching and learning as much as I could. All I knew was that I wanted to push my body and be the best version of myself that I could be. During my Junior  year in college, me and my best friend founded the powerlifting team at Lander University which is still growing and expanding 5 years later. Now, I am currently a national level powerlifter who has been training competitively for 7 years. My best numbers in competition are a 512 lb Squat, 330 lb Bench Press and a 661 lb Deadlift at a body weight of 181 lbs. I am passionate about strength training but that is only the tip of the iceberg! During my time at Lander University, I completed 200 hours of internships working with multiple demographics to reach their fitness goals. From 8 year olds to 70 year olds, everyday people to elite athletes and anywhere in between. Whatever propels you to start your journey, I want to help you excel!


John cauthen