Max completed a short internship at F.I.T. prior to becoming a full-time strength coach in December 2013.

For eight years prior to joining the F.I.T. staff, he served as a gymnastics coach at Madtown Twisters. He was also an intern at CORE Health and Fitness in the summers of 2012 and 2013.

Currently, Max serves as a volunteer strength coach for the Verona High School girls swimming team.

He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in the spring of 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sports Science. He’s also certified as a Level 1 Sport Performance Coach through USA Weightlifting.

As a competitive Olympic weightlifter himself, Max won the 85-kilogram class at the 2016 Wisconsin LWC Championships and the 94-kilogram class at the same event in 2017 and took third place at the Badger State Games in 2018. He also qualified for and participated in the American Open in Reno, NV in 2015.

He competed in varsity football and track and field in high school.

Max has tried every flavor of Mountain Dew, loves ice cream and enjoys eating contests. He also loves playing video games, spending time outside, listening to rock music and reading up on strength sports.

He hates heights, can recite around 30 digits of pi and once fell through a wall trying to lift weights!