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.”

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…”