John Odden, Head Coach & Owner of Empowered Strength

Kettlebell Instructor in Bend, OR

“As a young athlete I was always fascinated with health and fitness. 

After getting my first weight set of plastic covered cement weights from Target when I was 12, I became instantly hooked on becoming stronger and learning how to challenge my body to learn new skills. Unfortunately, I was misguided and ended up with chronic low back and shoulder injuries that sidelined my athletic career until recently. Both of these injuries initially started in the gym. I knew there had to be a better way to use resistance training and other forms of training as a way to strengthen my body without re-injuring myself…”

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…”