Midwest Strength + Performance Gym In West Chicago, IL


Sports Conditioning
Weight Management
Strength Training
Steel Mace Training

TJ Lawson is Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. (2012-Present). TJ graduated with a B.S. in Exercise Science from Carroll University in 2012. While at Carroll he played 4 years of varsity football, started personal training, and interned with the Swift Olympic Speed Skating Team as a Strength Intern. 

Shortly after completing college TJ took an internship position at UCLA Athletic Performance Dept. For most of 2013 he spent his time working with some of the best college athletes in the nation. Specific sports he worked with at UCLA include: Gymnastics, Softball, Women’s Swimming and Diving. Women’s Water Polo and Mens Golf. TJ uses his expert experience as well as out of the box methodologies to construct unique and result driven programs. Whether you’re an athlete or everyday individual TJ will put your goals first. He will work with you every step of the way to ensure your success.



Sports Performance
Health + Lifestyle Improvement

With five years of training experience and the VP of Viking Ninja Bodyweight Education, Zane has a passion for helping people reach their full potential in the gym and in life. Zane is a graduate of the National Personal Training Institute, and is accredited in national academy sports medicine. He trains in the areas of foundations, steel mace, TRX, and box and burn level 1.

Zane prides himself on the fact that he can train people without the use of any “tool” or special gym equipment. His passion is to test people’s limits, and he is trained to do this through a safe and enjoyable approach. He is well versed on how to introduce people of all ages and levels to the challenges on his training.

Coach Jimmy Walker


Senior Fitness
Kid’s/ Youth Training

Jimmy is a proud husband, father, an experienced boxer and personal trainer. As an active amateur boxer for more than 7 years, he has experienced many different areas of the field. He competed in Golden Gloves in 2008 and 2017, even taking home the title of runner up in 2017. In addition to this title, he is also a Viking Ninja black belt. He is sponsored by Wild Planet Foods, Inc.

Outside of his own boxing career he has significant experience with training others in the sport. With a personal training accreditation from the National Personal Training Institute, he is highly involved with Onnit academy participating in various training areas including: foundations, steel mace specialist, and battle rope specialist. He has also worked as a trainer and boxing instructor at Wheaton Sports Center for over seven years.

Experience training clients with: Cerebral Palsy, Autism, and Brachial Plexus.


Mike Sell Gym Owner


Body Transformation

Mike graduated from Wheaton College in 2016 with a B.S. in Applied Health Science and has since used his education to make a difference in the world of personal health through a variety of start-up companies. He is Co-Owner and a trainer at Midwest Strength + Performance, Vice-President of Betasol Consumer Products- aiming to bring a patented aerosolizer to the market to lower the health risks associated with smoking tobacco. Mike also Co-Owner of Clinically Dosed Supplements and Thunder-Strength. 


He holds many national and world records in the sport of drug-free powerlifting. Mike's best competition lifts include a 644 lb squat, 385 lb bench press, and 683 lb deadlift. He also achieved first place for juniors in 2017 AAPF Worlds and Nationals and has placed first in all five of the competitions he has competed in. Mike is ranked #1 in the world for juniors classic in both AAPF 100 kg and AAPF 110 kg. He is the head power lifting coach at MSP, leads a ministry called Iron Disciples. Mike specializes in helping people build strength while obtaining the body of their dreams. Outside of the gym, Mike enjoys spending time with his wife, Ashley, partakes in competitive eating challenges, and occasionally will compete in a Chess tournament.

Phillip Carlson Gym Owner


Business Development
Event Coordination
Community Relations

Phil graduated from DePaul University with a B.S. in Finance and has since used his education to start and develop various companies. His background as a former CrossFit instructor led him to opening his own gym. Phil oversees the business development of MSP while fostering relationships within the community. He is also co-owner of Clinically Dosed Supplements.