Lori Lindsey is a former professional women’s soccer player who has represented her sport on both a national and international level. Her professional playing career spanned 13 years, with her most notable accomplishment representing the United States Women’s National Soccer Team at the 2011 Women’s World Cup in Germany and helping the team earn the 2012 Olympic Gold Medal in London. Lori is one of only four players to have played in all three U.S. professional women’s soccer leagues. She finished her career in December 2014 with Canberra United of the Australian W-League where she played the past two seasons. Lori was a two-time All-American at the University of Virginia and ACC Player of the Year twice, joining Mia Hamm as the only two players to accomplish the feat.

Lori is best known for her infectious humor, hard work and perseverance, a necessity given the demands and unpredictability of a professional soccer career.

Lori’s passion for fitness began during her freshman year in high school when she was first introduced to strength & conditioning. Growing up in Indiana, which isn’t considered a soccer hotbed, Lori realized she needed to find additional, creative ways to keep in shape since she was competing against other soccer players who lived in environments that enabled year-round training. Enter strength training. She quickly saw the benefits of such training and how it aided in her overall body awareness and athleticism as well as ultimately keeping her injury free.

Lori is a Sports Performance coach in the Washington, DC area where she is able to share her experiences as a player at the highest level and help young female soccer players reach their potential both on and off the field.  Find more at


Amanda Wheeler had an affinity for strength training from the moment she saw her first episode of American Gladiators in 1989. The quaffed hair and bulging muscles set her on a pursuit of athleticism and gainz before she knew what gainz were. 

Amanda played softball and basketball year round from age 5 until the day she tore her ACL and meniscus her senior year of high school. As part of her rehab, she lifted weights with the football team and found that she loved lifting almost as much as she loved playing sports. 

That love for lifting turned into the start of a fitness career in 2006.

In her 11-year span, Amanda co-owned and operated a gym in Michigan, New Species Athletics, before moving to NYC and joining the crazy cast of Mark Fisher Fitness

She has trained collegiate and professional athletes, as well as Tony, Emmy, and Grammy Award winners, and everything in between.

Amanda is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, PN 1 Coach, and currently the training manager of Mark Fisher Fitness Bowery. She is also a mentor in the peer to peer coaching group, Strength Faction. When she's not training, you can find her in a pile of puppies, applying chapstick, or walking around the greatest city in the world. 


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Nancy is known for her high-energy attitude and being an eternal optimist. She believes “If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes." - Andrew Carnegie.  She loves skeet shooting, lifting heavy, and defying the odds. 

Nancy was the first female strength coach in Cressey Sports Performance history. Nancy has a Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York College at Cortland.

Nancy is currently the Director of Sports Performance at The Strength House in Worcester, Massachusetts. She is best known for providing forefront training information for softball players, coaches and parents. In her spare time, she speaks at various clinics and seminars such as the World Softball Coaches Convention. In the past, she has consulted with top softball programs such the University of Florida and Alabama. Connect with Nancy at or stop by The Strength House!