Hailing from Monona,WI, Zach is a lead performance coach and partner at Total Athlete Performance.
A former Al Toon Award winner (Best Senior Wide Receiver in Wisconsin), Zach shined as a first-team all-conference and all-area athlete in football, basketball, and baseball. During his final year at Monona Grove High School, Zach competed in both the WFCA and WBCA All-Star games and was able to earn a scholarship to the University of Minnesota-Duluth for football. In addition, Zach went on to play as an all-conference receiver in Minnesota for four years and currently sits at number 3 for all-time career receptions in school history. Following his years as a player Zach remained in Duluth for an additional year to serve as a wide receiver coach and assistant recruiting coordinator for the Bulldogs while finishing his degree in Exercise Science.
With years of experience in strength and conditioning, Zach’s mission as a coach is to help athletes and clients move and feel better all while making training enjoyable. As an accomplished athlete and coach, he understands that each INDIVIDUAL deserves a detailed approach when it comes to maximizing results in competition or in life. The science of human performance is intricate, and Zach’s coaching philosophy reflects just that in his attention to detail and individualized program design. No matter the age, sport, gender, limitations or goals, his step by step approach to building a complete foundation for athletes and general population clients is unparalleled.
Zach’s training concepts come from numerous leaders in this industry that he would consider some of his idols. Training approaches from Joe DeFranco, Eric Cressey, Robert Dos Remedios, Mike Boyle, Lee Taft, and many more are implemented into his coaching and programming daily. As a lifelong learner, he is currently certified through the IYCA as a Speed and Agility Specialist. Using this knowledge, he specializes in developing explosive team sport athletes through extensive acceleration/deceleration techniques, and utilizes chaotic/reactive training to create game-like agility and quickness. With experience in competing and coaching football at the collegiate level, Zach also leads sport-specific sessions for skill players such as Wide Receivers, Running Backs, Quarterbacks, and Defensive Backs.
Zach is originally from Wisconsin Rapids where he was a multi-sport athlete playing hockey and football. He was a First team All-Conference and All-State hockey player in 2012.
Campbell earned a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. In 2016, Zach began his strength and conditioning career training athletes of all sports at Acceleration North in Minneapolis, MN. In the winter of 2018 Zach traveled to Fort Lauderdale, FL to help the team at XPE train 30 football players in preparation for the NFL combine.
Finding the right niche in the midwest to continue his career in helping athletes was his next step and Madison, WI was calling his name. His confidence, personable skills, and his ability to work with athletes of all types and levels makes him the PERFECT addition to Total Athlete Performance.
Campbell strongly believes in functional strength training, proper acceleration/speed mechanics, and movement skill/problem solving as keys to a successful training regiment. Zach likes to learn from some of the top coaches in the industry such as Cal Dietz, Matt Gates, Tony Villiani, Gerry DeFilippo, and Chris Barnard.
“Being undersized yet skilled, you only have one way to compete, and that’s to outwork everyone. No matter what skills you may currently have, I encourage you to adopt the same mentality.”
Zach grew up in Oregon, WI where he was a two-sport athlete, playing football (earning conference awards), and track & field.
Novotny recently graduated cum laude, with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Sports Science from the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse in 2019. At UW-L, Zach continued his athletic career where he competed in football playing fullback for 3 years, while also serving as an undergraduate sports performance intern with the Eagles football, basketball, tennis, baseball, and gymnastics teams.
Before graduating, Zach was able to expand his practical knowledge by completing a strength and conditioning internship through Mayo Clinic- Rochester working with all high school sports. Most recently he worked as an intern sports performance coach at the University of Wisconsin working alongside the Badgers basketball, hockey, golf, cheer, and dance teams. Having worked with all levels of athletes, from youth to elite division 1 and professional athletes, makes Zach an integral piece to Total Athlete Performance.
As a young coach, Novotny brings with him a fresh perspective on training and sports performance. Zach’s philosophy is to motivate each athlete while equipping them with a strong foundation in optimal human movement. Zach likes to learn from some of the top coaches in the industry such as Jim Snider, Paul Fabritz, and Loren Landow.
Zach is a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), USAW-L1 Coach, and RPR-L1 certified.
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