Building the Ultimate Athlete: Expert Panel

by | January 6, 2011, 12:00pm 0

Training professionals and elite players weigh in on your questions about strength, conditioning and becoming a better athlete.

How it works

  1. Every other week we’ll feature a new topic and panel.
  2. Submit your questions in the comments and help pick the best by giving a “thumbs up” to your favorites.
  3. The Skyd Expert Panel will answer the top voted questions.

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This week’s topic is:

Off-Season Training


This week’s panel

TIM MORRILL, Strength & Conditioning Specialist

Tim is a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) who has  worked with  youth, collegiate and professional athletes through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning Boston, High Intensity Training (HIT), 365 Performance, and NCAA Divisions I and III. He has played Ultimate at the college, club and summer league levels around the country.

TYLER KINLEY, Captain of Seattle Sockeye

Tyler is captain of Seattle Sockeye, where he is primarily a defensive handler. Known for guarding top handlers and distributing the disc after the turn, Tyler also leads Sockeye’s workouts. Tyler has played Ultimate for Tulane University, University of Michigan, BAT, and currently plays for Sockeye. He has experience coaching and teaching ultimate on youth, college and club levels on multiple continents.


Melissa dropped out of Chemistry at the University of Illinois in favor of playing more Ultimate and earning a Masters in Kinesiology. She has several years of coaching experience with both college and high school players. In 2010 she began Ultimate Results with the goal of providing better, Ultimate specific fitness and coaching resources to team captains and coaches. Melissa currently plays for Blue Route out of Philadelphia PA. You can read more about Melissa’s personal training regimen at

CRAIG COOPER, CrossFit/Exercise Physiology

Craig has been working in the fitness industry since he graduated from Western Washington University (WWU) in 2004 with a B.S. in Pre-Physical Therapy/Exercise Physiology.  He started his career as a Personal Trainer at the Pro Sports Club, where he worked primarily with clients in their 20/20 Lifestyles program, a medically supervised lifestyle modification (mostly weight-loss) program.  He learned about CrossFit in mid 2006, and after subsequently immersing himself in researching/practicing its philosophy/methodology, he opened his first CrossFit gym in March of 2007.  He currently owns/operates Urban CrossFit, which has been in business since October of 2008.  In addition to his degree, Craig is certified through the ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) as an HFI (Health & Fitness Instructor), the NSCA (National Strength & Conditioning Association) as a CSCS (Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist), and has attended several continuing education seminars, including a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Seminar, CrossFit Barbell Seminar, and Robb Wolf Nutrition Seminar.

Having trouble designing your program? Wondering how to get started? Send us your questions on “off-season training.”

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