Brandon Ferstl has always had a passion for fitness and athletics, competing in several sports at Beaver Dam High School including golf, football, basketball, and cross country. He graduated from Carroll University, where he earned his Master’s in Exercise Physiology with an emphasis in Strength and Conditioning in 2016 and his Bachelor’s in Exercise Science a year prior. In Brandon’s time at Carroll, he worked primarily with football strength and conditioning for 2 years but also assisted other sports. He has also worked as the head swimming strength and conditioning coach at Waukesha North High School during the 2015-2016 season. With a desire to learn as much as he could in athletic performance he pursued internships in which he was a volunteer football strength and conditioning coach at Western Kentucky University in the summer of 2015, and volunteered with Badger Olympic sports strength and conditioning at UW-Madison were he assisted with volleyball, softball, soccer, swim and dive, track and field, wrestling, hockey, and rowing. Brandon also served a stint as an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at Saginaw Valley State University, where he was in charge of programs for softball, swim and dive, tennis, and assisted with football, soccer, volleyball, and track and field. In search to continue his education further, he has been certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and also a certified Level 1 US Track & Field coach. Brandon’s background working at GNC for 4 years has helped him understand the importance of nutrition for an athlete which drove him to research all facets on nutrition and supplementation for different goals. He is dedicated to helping athletes unlock their full potential and compete at their highest level.
Q & A with Brandon
What is your background with sports performance training? Fitness and athletics have been my passion ever since I can remember. Before high school, I grew up playing soccer, basketball, and football. As I got into high school, my priorities shifted towards training for football, basketball, golf, and cross country. Through training for these sports, I developed an interest in the science and application of strength and conditioning methods. I pursued degrees at Carroll University to further my education, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and a Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology with an emphasis in Strength and Conditioning. During my time in graduate school, I worked extensively training the Pioneer football team, and also led training for swim and dive at Waukesha North High School. I’ve spent time completing internships under great mentors, working under strength and conditioning coaches with Western Kentucky University football and at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where I trained volleyball, softball, soccer, swim and dive, track and field, wrestling, hockey, and rowing. I also served a stint as an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at Saginaw Valley State University, where I was in charge of programs for softball, swim and dive, tennis, and assisted with football, soccer, volleyball, and track and field.
What do you enjoy most about training with ESP? I love the opportunity to be able to work with a variety of ages, skill levels, and sports. Training with ESP is always fun because one day I might be teaching a body weight squat to a 9 year old, and the next day, helping an 18 year old achieve a new personal record on their back squat. Working with athletes of multiple sports challenges me as a coach to learn as much as I can about movements seen in their respective sports, to be able to create the best possible program for that individual. Aside from that, I look forward to coming here every day and working alongside the other ESP coaches to develop the athletic potential of our athletes.
What are your favorite things to do outside of training with ESP? I enjoy things that keep me active outside of the gym. In my free time I like to play basketball, golf, Frisbee golf, snowmobile, snowboard, and other things outdoors like hiking, taking my dog for a walk, fishing, and hunting. A secret talent that many people may not know is I’m also musically talented and love to play my drums and guitar.
What is your hometown and favorite child hood memory? I’m originally from Beaver Dam and went to Beaver Dam High School. If I had to pick my favorite childhood memory, I’d choose my family camping trips to Wildcat Mountain State Park. We went up every year for as long as I can remember to hike on the mountain and canoe on the Kickapoo River. I always looked forward to riding my bike around on the trails in the woods with my brother and spending hours floating down the river.