Strength & Performance Training (SAPT) is a comprehensive training company which focuses on improving athletic and intellectual success in youth, amateur, adult, and professional athletes. While many athletes spend ample time honing their technical and tactical sport specific skills, they often fail to acquire appropriate and adequate physical conditioning to support and promote their peak competitive performance. The certified staff of professionals at SAPT has carefully orchestrated sport and performance specific programs to address this challenge.
Each program is carefully researched and stands at the forefront of the strength and conditioning industry. Our programs are always original and never duplicated.
Sarah Walls, Head Performance Coach & Owner
Inspired by her experiences both as a NCAA D1 Strength & Conditioning Coach and a personal trainer, Coach Walls founded SAPT in 2007 with the vision of providing the highest quality, individualized performance training services available.
At the college and professional levels, Sarah has experience working with many sports including: baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, jumps, lacrosse, rowing, soccer, softball, sprints, tennis, throws, and volleyball. In addition, she has worked with athletes to help prepare them for competition in cycling, distance running, figure, judo, obstacle course, mixed martial arts, and triathlon.
Apart from athletic performance enhancement, Coach Walls has been working with all ages and abilities for over 15 years to help individuals achieve goals that include: weight loss, body composition changes, injury rehabilitation, success in daily living, and many others.
Coach Walls specializes in injury prevention, nutritional counseling, and performance enhancement through focusing on increased speed, strength, and power. She previously spent 8 years as a strength and conditioning coach at the NCAA Division 1 level and is currently the strength and conditioning coach for the WNBA’s Washington Mystics.
Ryan Wood, BS, CSCS - Performance Coach
Ryan Wood earned a Bachelor’s in Health and Physical Education from George Mason University in 2010 and is a NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach. Following graduation he worked as a Graduate Assistant Strength Coach for the GMU Athletics Department and as a strength and conditioning coach here at SAPT. Ryan currently works with the high school population in the Fairfax County Public School system as a Personal Fitness teacher/Strength & Conditioning coach. After two year break Ryan is incredibly excited to be back within the walls of SAPT working and coaching with a special population of people who care deeply about their craft. Ryan is eager to mesh the worlds high school strength and conditioning and private performance training
Ryan is an active competitor in Powerlifting as a RAW and Single-Ply lifter and has lifted in different federations along the east coast for the better part of a decade. In 2013 he recorded his best competition total of 1225. His best individual lifts have been a 475 lbs squat, 365 lbs bench press, and a 425 lbs deadlift. His goal is to be able to transfer all of these lifts into a full meet over the next year and total over 1300 lbs.
Joe Griffin, MS, CSCS - Performance Coach
Coach Joe Griffin brings over 5-years of MLB experience with him to the athletes at SAPT. In the MLB, Joe served as a strength and conditioning coach for the LA Angels organization.
Coach Joe received his degree from the University of Maryland in Kinesiology and works as the head of the Sports Medicine program at a local high school.
Joe loves House of Cards and chewing the fat about all sports. He admits his main vice is watching professional wrestling on Monday nights.