Podcast - Michael RutherfordMichael Rutherford

United States, Kansas, Kansas City
Olympic Weightlifting
Strength and Conditioning


Michael Rutherford (a.k.a. Coach Rut) has over a quarter century of fitness coaching experience. His experiences include working with competitors from the ranks of international, Olympic, collegiate, high school, middle school, and elementary school aged athletes. Coach Rut has also worked in hospital wellness environments and rehabilitation clinics. All of these experiences have allowed Coach Rut to bridge the gap between the needs of the competitor and those of the man, woman and child seeking to enhance their personal health and fitness.

Coach Michael Rutherford’s boot camp fitness program is the area’s largest and most established group exercise program. His training services have assisted thousands of Kansas City residents over the last two decades.

Michael Rutherford has been a regular contributor to the CrossFit Journal as well as The Performance Menu. His Max Effort Black Box (M.E.B.B) collection is the most requested back issue from The Performance Menu. The MEBB System proved so popular that he collaborated with Breaking Muscle to produce a full-length MEBB System ebook. He has produced five DVDs ranging from nutrition to program design. His dumbbell series is the number one selling DVD on the application of the most underutilized tool in any strength training program.

Michael Rutherford holds academic degrees in Biology and Physical Education and Masters Degrees in Exercise Physiology and Sports Biomechanics. He is a certified Club Coach by the United States Weightlifting Association and is a CrossFit level III certified coach.

Coach Rutherford participates in the sport of Weightlifting and is the current Kansas State Champion and the 2006 and 2013 National Master Champion at 94kg and CrossFit Games Masters Competitor.

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