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TMC was founded by Heidi Johnson after serving more than a decade as a strength and conditioning coach in the SEC Conference, and in Major League Baseball. The Metal Chapter breaks away from the norm of cookie cutter training, by providing groups or individuals with world-class, data-based workouts and coaching for athletes and non-athletes alike.

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Heidi is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and an Advanced Sports Performance Coach through USA Weightlifting.  She is also the only PRT specialist in Houston who is trained from the Postural Restoration Institute.  She holds both undergraduate and masters degrees with concentrations in Kinesiology, Biology, and

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Throughout a distinguished baseball career, Barry Johnson established a reputation for excellence on the pitching mound, attention to detail, and an unsurpassed work ethic.  Barry was an All-State pitcher at Joliet Catholic High School (Joliet, IL). Despite being selected by the New York Mets in the June 1987 amateur draft, he opted to attend college

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  • I highly recommend and endorse The Metal Chapter and the work of Heidi and Barry Johnson in training the advanced athlete with goals of achieving peak performance as well as the non-athlete attempting to improve their quality of life.  I had the privilege, in my coaching career, of observing and coaching Barry as a professional baseball player and the diligence with which he trained and understood the direct correlation between physical preparation and success on the field.  He simply outworked his opponents over a long professional career.  Heidi worked as Strength and Conditioning Coach at an NCAA Division I school where I coached and had the opportunity to see her work first hand on a daily basis and the impact she had on our athletes in both the physical and mental realms of high level competition.  The “teaming up” of their experiences creates the most unique opportunity I have ever observed in the advanced field of strength training, conditioning and how these areas can positively impact performance.  Whether you are gearing up to improve athletic performance or simply to trying to become a better “you”, The Metal Chapter and Heidi and Barry Johnson receive my highest recommendation as skilled professionals and as quality people to handle your training.

    Daron Schoenrock, University of Memphis Baseball

  • “Developing the foundation for high-level performance at a young age is critical to both the health and potential of an athlete…I haven’t seen anyone do it better than Heidi at the Metal Chapter”

    – Lee Maes, University of Colorado Volleyball

    Lee Maes, University of Colorado Volleyball

  • “I’ve worked with some of the top D-1 and professional training programs in the world, and I’d put the Metal Chapter up against any of them. You won’t find a better balance of combining the use of technology and proven strength programming anywhere else….the results are indisputable”

    – David Gil, Performance Lab Director, Vert Technology

    David Gil, Performance Lab Director, Vert Technology

  • “I’ve been fortunate enough to work with and meet many great minds in the strength and conditioning industry. I’ve seen many different styles of coaching and training along the way. I first met Heidi last year while visiting The Metal Chapter Performance and Strength. I can honestly say I was blown away not only by how much knowledge she was able to pass on to me within an hour, but how passionate and caring of a person she was. It is extremely rare to find someone with her immense knowledge and background to be so genuine and easy to talk to. Training at The Metal Chapter is unlike anything I’ve seen at any other training facility. The commitment put forth by Heidi and her staff to make each athlete the best they can be is unmatched. Every rep of every set in each exercise is coached to the smallest detail. She treats every one of her athletes like her own child and the results prove that. In my opinion, The Metal Chapter’s training and coaching is light-years ahead of the rest of the strength and conditioning world.”

    Jon Uribe, University of Louisiana Lafayette Strength & Conditioning

  • COME! Get in here. You won’t be disappointed at all. I’ve never been to a place where I’m tired and they keep going. I’ve been in here at various times from 8 o’clock in the morning to 10 o’clock at night and the same crew is here ready to work if you are. That is commitment. Anywhere there’s dedication and commitment like that, I want to be there.

    Jason Bourgeois, Professional Baseball Player

  • I have known Barry for more than 20 years and managed him for multiple seasons in the Chicago White Sox organization, in spring training with the Philadelphia Phillies, and with USA Baseball. Barry is a tireless worker and took great pride not only in his performance, but also in his preparation. The combination of his on-the-field experience, passion, knowledge of the game, and integrity make him an excellent choice to mentor any young pitcher.

    Terry Francona, 2-time World Series Champion Manager with the Boston Red Sox, Current Manager of the Cleveland Indians

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Force, power, velocity. Decades of research in sport science have established that these three metrics lay at the core of strength training. PUSH is the first fitness device that allows you to track and analyze these metrics, ensuring that your training is optimized. How does it work? PUSH tracks how your body is performing at

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