My name is Steve DeNovi, and my tendons are made of glass and my muscles are made of paper. In other terms, I am as injury prone as they get. Fortunately I have avoided any major surgeries, but overuse injuries have been the bane of my existence when it comes to powerlifting progress. It started as a teenager, where injuries halted my ability to excel in sports, and as I continued to grow, so did the list of injuries. When it came to lifting, no matter what type of training or program I did (Bodybuilding, Strongman, Olympic Lifting, and Powerlifting, I’ve tried them all), injuries ensued, so I took it upon myself to research anything and everything that could make me better, and allow me to sustain my health and progress long term. From my studies and time spent under the coaching of Hani Jazaryli of The Strength Athlete, I feel I have gained a great deal of knowledge when it comes to programming and training in regards to long-term and injury free success, and hope through this site I can provide a summary and application of all this information to save you time searching and rummaging through Google.
In regards to my background, even though my formal education entails a Master’s in Business Administration, my career has led me to the route of becoming a Personal Trainer and Strength/Powerlifting Coach. Through my 7 years of industry experience, I have trained American Record Holding Powerlifters and nationally ranked Strongman competitors, but within my training of the general population, I specialize in injury rehabilitation. I aim to help all people, not just strength athletes, find pain free movement to allow a healthier and more fulfilling life. And with strength athletes, I hope to create a sustainable approach that allows them to train long term without an injury-ridden powerlifting career.
As a powerlifter, if we are honest with ourselves, taking our bodies to the extremes of strength is not the “healthiest” thing to do. We are pushing the limits of our potential, but if those limits are pushed too quickly, that is where we run into issues. We all want to set PRs today, but I also would bet that when you are in your 60s, you also want to be functioning with healthy joints and an injury-free back. I hope to use this site to improve not just your current powerlifting total, but also your long term health and quality of life.
I do want to note that I am not a Doctor, Physical Therapist, or have any formal education in regards to any of this. I am for the most part completely self taught through diligent research and study, and by no means have the knowledge to be able to thwart the education of those mentioned. I, nor anyone, can write a guaranteed injury-free program, but what I can do is take what I have learned and pass it on to you. Hope you enjoy!
Any questions you ever have, feel free to use the Contact section to shoot me a message and I will happily get back to you with whatever help I can offer.