FRED STELLABOTTE, a US Navy veteran and an expert in bodybuilding, has developed weight-training programs with a focus on proper form and injury prevention for over 50 years.
He has trained movie stars, champion bodybuilders, professional athletes (including Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team and Oakland Raiders football team players), and members of the general public. From 1970 to 1989, he founded and directed southern California's Manhattan Beach Athletic Club for Men and the Manhattan Beach Athletic Club for Women, two of the largest facilities of their kind in America.
His knowledge and experience result from years of research, including study with monks who practice martial arts in China; extensive coursework in kinesiology, anatomy, and neurology; and scrutiny of proper muscle function through examination of his own body in front of mirrors.
Weight Training Without Injury, co-authored by one of his star students, Rachel Straub, is Fred's legacy. It shares his knowledge, acquired over a lifetime, with future generations.
RACHEL STRAUB, MS, CSCS, is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Carnegie Mellon, where she received her BA in chemistry with university and research honors. She holds master's degrees in exercise physiology and nutritional sciences from San Diego State University and a third master's degree in biokinesiology (with a focus on biomechanics) from the University of Southern California.
She has been certified as a strength and conditioning specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association and is the co-author of scientific papers in the fields of biomechanics, sports medicine, nutrition, and computational chemistry, published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, Nutrition Research, and Physical Biology and other journals.
Rachel, a skilled investor, currently co-manages extensive brokerage accounts that are outperforming benchmark indices such as the S&P 500 and NASDAQ Composite.