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Why we train the way we do. It works.


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.

Joe Micela 
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.


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Nate Cerwinske 
Assistant Manager & Coach

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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