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Joe Micela was born in South Philadelphia, PA and grew up in Southern New Jersey. He attended Rutgers University and Arizona State University on a Wrestling Scholarship. Graduating from ASU with a degree in Exercise Science and Physical Education. Joe holds the title of Senior International Coach from USA Weightlifting and is certified from the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Coach Micela has lectured throughout the country on the benefits of strength and conditioning for sports and has coached athlete’s to national and international medals.
Owner & Head Coach
Coach Micela started Performance One back in 2000 with one goal in mind, “To contribute my knowledge, enthusiasm, and experience to the development of superior athletes.” Coach Micela has developed High School, College, Professional, and Olympic Level Athletes. He is considered a leader in the field of Olympic Weightlifting and Explosive Power Development for Sport Strength and Conditioning.
Joe Micela has ran Team Arizona Weightlifting, and he also has one of the most successful Olympic Style Weightlifting Clubs in the Southwest. In 2012 he formed the Performance One Weightlifting Club to closer tie the Performance One Athletes together under one facility and name.
As a Weightlifting Coach He has produced many national and international medalists. In 2012 He Coached 4x National Champion Sarah Robles to the 2012 Olympics.
In 2011, Coach Micela guided the Women’s World Team to solidify two Female Slots for the 2012 Olympics. In 2010, he coached two athletes to the Senior World Championships in Antalya, Turkey. He also was named the Head Coach for the Woman’s Pan American Team. In 2009 he was the Assistant Coach for both the Men’s and Women’s Senior World Weightlifting Team. And in 2008 he was awarded the Developmental Coach of the Year from the United States Olympic Committee representing the sport of Weightlifting.
In Arizona his duties include Head Coaching the Junior National and Senior National Teams, promoting local and national events, educating coaches through teaching courses, and recruiting talented athletes for the sport of Weightlifting. Prior to these jobs Coach Micela was the, Head Strength & Conditioning Coach for the Arizona Rattlers, Interim Head Strength & Conditioning Coach at Northern Arizona University, and the Undergrad-Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach at Arizona State University.
Assistant Manager & Coach
Nate started at Performance One as a Weightlifter back in 2016. Since then he has medaled at Multiple National Competitions on every level and has made 2 Junior Pan Am and 1 Junior World Team.
He has found an interest in spreading the knowledge and expertise of Olympic Weightlifting and Strength & Conditioning to younger and developing athletes that he has gained through his athletic journey and training under Coach Micela.
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Physical Therapist & Coach
Morgan Huppenthal is a highly skilled and accomplished physical therapist based in Mesa, Arizona. She graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Exercise and Wellness at Arizona State University and later completed her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Midwestern University. As the owner of MH Physical Therapy, she is committed to helping her patients achieve their best possible outcomes through a combination of advanced techniques and personalized care.
As an assistant coach under Joe Micela at Performance One Advanced Sports Training, Morgan has gained invaluable experience working with elite athletes and training programs. She has also worked national events for USA Weightlifting Medical Society, contributing her expertise to the wider community of sports and fitness professionals.