John Odden is the owner of Empowered Strength in Bend, OR. He is a Strength Coach and Clinical Exercise Physiologist with 18 years of experience. Growing up John played high school sports, but lacked interest in the traditional team sports. After discovering the Scottish Highland Games he was hooked, and competed as an amateur and then as a professional from 2010-2014. John also competes as an Elite Class competitor in the StrongFirst Tactical Strength Challenge.
Certifications: ACSM-CEP; NSCA-CSCS, CPT; FMSII; StrongFirst - SFG II, SFB; Completed the Beast Tamer Challenge 2016
"Absorb what is useful, reject what is useless, and add to it what is uniquely your own."
Favorite tool to train with: Kettlebells
Favorite grip strength exercise: Farmer carries and bottoms up kettlebell exercises
How much chalk he uses: As much as my hands can hold
Why VIKN: I enjoy the [VIKN] posts and website content. I feel that I represent a unique breed of athlete that represents the VIKN brand well and will provide useful content. My passion is to challenge my body to complete feats of strength and I enjoy inspiring others along the way. I have always enjoyed attempting feats of strength myself and watching others as well.