John Odden, Head Coach & Owner of Empowered Strength

Kettlebell Instructor in Bend, OR

“Since I was a child I have been fascinated with improving my health, fitness and athleticism. I was a tall, skinny, awkward kid growing up who always lacked confidence, especially in the gym. So after begging my parents to get some home equipment for some time, I got my first set of plastic-covered cement weights from Target when I was 12. I was so shy and uncomfortable that I didn’t feel like I was strong enough or good enough in some way, to even take a high school weight training class until my senior year! Somehow my passion persisted and the calling became louder.”

Tash Anderson

“I grew up on competitive soccer, taking road trips all over the US to the next soccer tournament. Plus, there was horseback riding and camping at the lake. Most of my life, I focused on one sport…soccer. Around high school, I also got interested in track & field and swimming. The first spark in me where I learned I could be good at something besides soccer was when I made it to state in the 4×4, 4×1, and the 300-meter hurdles. This is when the seed was planted in me to be a different type of athlete. After I graduated high school, I went on to play college soccer at Walla Walla Community College. Being surrounded by so many athletes who were constantly getting injuries, I began to change my mindset towards training. I knew I had to start training smart, not hard…”

Tanner Brown

Tanner Brown

“I started out playing soccer since I was able to walk. Always running around being active, I was around sports my whole life. In high school, I played competitive soccer as well as Lacrosse, branching out from the foot dominant sport. Being a soccer player, running was no problem. But, as I started lacrosse, I quickly realized I was lacking size which was vital to success in lacrosse. This is what sparked my first real interest in working out, outside of sports.

Watching many teammates succumb to injury, while working through countless practices and training camps for soccer, I found a liking for the physical health and wellness aspect to the sport…”