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, President & Owner
Inspired by her experiences both as a NCAA D1 Strength & Conditioning Coach and a personal trainer, Coach Walls founded SAPT 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.
Kelsey Reed, BS, CSCS, Pn1, RKC, NKT, JM - Head Performance Coach
Coach Kelsey is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and a Precision Nutrition (PN) Certified Coach. Bitten by the iron bug at 16, Kelsey has been lifting ever since. Her love for picking up heavy things spurred her to pursue a degree in the Science of Exercise and Nutrition at Virginia Tech. She interned with the Virginia Tech Strength and Conditioning staff assisting with training the wrestling, softball, men’s tennis and men’s soccer teams. While she was in college, she competed in bodybuilding and powerlifting. She earned her bodybuilding pro-card in 2008 and set two All-American powerlifting records in 2009.
Now she spends her days teaching and coaching others in the Iron Game. She seeks out the latest research and training experiences to refine her coaching techniques. In her down time, she lives life on the wild side by not following recipes when she cooks, fighting battles through characters fantasy fiction novels, and attempting to make her cats love her.
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.