Dr. Lowery is an Exercise Physiologist (Ph.D.) and
Nutrition professor of eight years. He's also a former competitive bodybuilder
(light-heavyweight), been a freelance writer for most top bodybuilding / fitness
mags, and is a (real) researcher and lecturer. In bodybuilding, he has snagged a runner-up
placing at the Mountaineer Cup (a Midwest event) and was a finalist in the NPC
Mr. Midwest USA (twice), plus the NPC Upper Midwest. Dr. L is sort of an "anti-guru" and consumer advocate and has
written much for T-Muscle.com. That's him on the left in "warrior nerd" mode
with long time friend, Fortress, competing in 2003, and lecturing at a hospital
Rob "Fortress" Fortney
Fortress is a former competitive bodybuilder AND
powerlifter (still competing), as well as a journalist and former editor at some
of the most influential publications in the business. His credits include
editorial roles at mags like Muscle Mag International, Peak Training Journal,
and others, as well as editorial or writer roles a number of Internet publications from Virtual
Muscle to T-Muscle.com. You've probably read his stuff, whether he was a
credited author or ghost writer. Rob has been co-hosting Experiments vs.
Experience, underwritten by various web sites, with Lonnie, since pre-podcasting
days. Rob is dangerously close to a 700 lb. natural squat (success at 665 in
second photo below).
Jonathan Mike is a frequent magazine contributor, Elite FTS team member, doctoral student at the University
of New Mexico, and competitor in both strongman events and powerlifting.
Soon-to-be Dr. Mike pulls a 600+ lb. deadlift and is basically just one big
dude. Although younger than the other guys on the show, Jon already plays a
quasi-professional role on the NSCA forums.
Mike T. Nelson
Dr. Mike T. Nelson has an impressive background in both engineering and
exercise physiology. His research background, multiple certifications, broad
professional network, and his wide-reaching business efforts help educate the
strength training public. Mike also competes in a variety of strength
Phil Stevens is a successful competitive powerlifter and strongman. He holds
national powerlifting titles and created of Lift4Hope.org.
Phil can bounce back from injuries with healing powers like the comic book hero,
Wolverine and has an iron will befitting a war-scarred veteran of the strength
game. Check out his new site at