Tim Piper is an Assistant Professor at Western Illinois University. He has over 25 years of experience in teaching, coaching, and competing in a wide range of strength sports. He completed his Doctorate degree at Northern Illinois University and is currently working at Western Illinois University as the Program Director of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Education Recognition Program (ERP) approved undergraduate exercise science curriculum. He is also the primary professor in the Strength and Conditioning Graduate Track at Western Illinois University. His areas of interest include strength and power development, training special populations, and the sports of weightlifting and powerlifting. He has been publishing in peerreviewed and popular journals for over 20 years on a variety of topics. His 28 years of coaching experience has developed with competitive weightlifters and powerlifters as Head Coach of the Salvation Army Lifting Team, a free community service program.