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Dave Kirschen

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Strength Coach

With roots in NYC’s Upper East Side, Dave is right at home at EVF Performance. In addition to his role as Strength Coach, Dave is an active professional powerlifter, sponsored by and currently ranked in the top five in the 198-pound weight class by He recently earned the runner-up spot at the XPC Championships at the 2013 Arnold Classic.

Dave’s experience spans a broad range of roles including 15+ years of personal training, coaching, education, and club management experience at Asphalt Green, Equinox, Cando Fitness, and American Leisure. Dave earned a BS in Physical Education from SUNY Cortland, and is a respected presenter and coach for a number of professional training seminars along the East Coast, including’s Learn to Train series.

From a very early age, Dave knew — without question — that he would work in the fitness industry. While Dave’s friends may describe him as “relentlessly wisecracking”, he is serious when it comes to developing his clients’ strength and challenging expectations of themselves. He is highly motivated by seeing people achieve what was previously thought to be impossible, and has been particularly impressed by the work ethic of the EVF community. His single-minded drive for the pursuit of strength fuels his achievements and training — as Dave notes, “I have no idea who won the last Superbowl or World Series, but I can tell you how to put 20 pounds on your squat in one training session.”

FYI: while strolling NYC … if you come across a 210-pound professional powerlifter walking a hairless Terrier in a pink pajama outfit and matching flower harness, you’’ll have met Dave.

Pimpin With Kirschen from Elitefts on Vimeo.

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  1. Hi,

    I am reaching out to you because I have an interest in the sport of powerlifting and strength training, and I am interested in eventually becoming a coach. Here is a little about my experience with barbell strength training:

    A little over 2 years ago, I started crossfit. I immediately met David Abdemoulaie (a starting strength coach in Chicago), and started to follow more of a strength route. Eventually he got me into Starting Strength and all of the great benefits of the program/way of life. He has taught me so much and inspired me to get involved with coaching others. I have learned a lot in the past 2 years about the mental and physical obstacles that must be overcome to become a power athlete, and I feel I would provide great coaching and guidance to others. I’m also very into nutrition, and about to begin a nutrition coaching certification. I follow a strict Macro based diet based off of the RP Strength method.

    I would like to gain experience on coaching because I have not had the opportunity to do so yet. My ultimate goal is to one day become a certified coach focusing on barbell strength training. I am devoted to this and willing to dedicate the time to learn as much as I possibly can to be successful.

    Do you offer any internships/shadowing type opportunities here in New York City? I know I don’t have as much experience as you may prefer but I am a quick learner and very passionate about this. I’ve also been doing a lot of reading and studying the in-depth mechanics of barbell movements..

    Thank you so much for your time; I hope I get to meet you soon!

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