Barbell Medicine - From Bench to Bedside

Alex Kovaleski

Powerlifting Coach

Alex Kovaleski is a powerlifting coach, powerlifting competitor, Physical Therapist Assistant, and student in Ohio. He has experienced powerlifting as a coach for three years, a competitor for over ten years, and participated in the Arnold Sports Festival – as well as other national level competitions – in both roles. Alex believes that a tuned-in coach, open communication, and client education are the most powerful tools for developing a lifter. Upon completion of his informal postbaccalaureate coursework, Alex wishes to attend medical school with the end goal of helping more individuals adopt barbell training. If Alex is not studying or coaching, he can be found training in his basement or in pursuit of the best chocolate chip cookie that his surrounding area has to offer.

Education & Credentials

  • Franklin University – Bachelor of Science in Allied Healthcare Management (2018)
  • Clark State Community College – Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assistant Technology (2015)


  • 262.5kg Squat
  • 185kg Bench Press
  • 280kg Deadlift

Notable competition placings

  • 2014 Arnold Sports Festival USAPL Ohio Invitational – 2nd place, 120+ Jr
  • 2015 USAPL Raw National Championships – 3rd place, 120+ Jr
  • 2016 Arnold Sports Festival USAPL NextLifter Ohio Classic – 1st place, 120+ Jr
  • 2017 Arnold Sports Festival USAPL NextLifter Ohio Classic – 2nd place, 120+ Open


  • OH State Raw Record – Squat, -120 Teen 1
  • OH State Raw Record – Total, -120 Teen 1
  • OH State Record – Squat, -120 Teen 1
  • OH State Record – Total, -120 Teen 1

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