Episode #154 Tim Caron, Author of “Strength Deficit” and Founder Allegiate and Former NCAA Strength and Conditioning Coach

Episode #154 Tim Caron, Author of "Strength Deficit" and Founder Allegiate and Former NCAA Strength and Conditioning Coach

BUILDING A PHYSICAL CULTURE 

We designed Allegiate to give everyone access to the same athletic strength and conditioning experience as the best athletes in the country.

While playing college football at USC, we were trained by the top strength coaches in the country, and as a result we were in the best shape of our lives.

Post-college, we tried every fitness option out there, but we couldn’t connect with the all-cardio-focused workouts or the big box gym culture. We were seeking the camaraderie, the high-energy training style, and (most importantly) the results we were used to.

WE WERE SEEKING SOMETHING THAT DIDN’T EXIST—SO WE BUILT IT OURSELVES. WELCOME TO ALLEGIATE.

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ALWAYS BUILDING SOMETHING STRONGER

A few years after our college football days, Allegiate started as a blog. In 2014, co-founder Cody Romness was writing articles about the connection between strength training and success. Through his initial musings, he reconnected with co-founder Steve Blackhart, a former teammate at USC. Blackhart was going through the pains of not having a place where he loved to train, or an engaging training program to follow.

Soon after, the two connected with co-founder Tim Caron. At that point, Caron was the head strength coach at Army West Point. In 2016, Caron helped spearhead Army to an explosive victory over Navy – their first win in the historic series in 15 years.

After the victory, Caron was poised for his next professional challenge and opportunity. He wanted to leverage his knowledge, passion, skills and potential in a way that would impact more people.

A few weeks later, our three co-founders quit their jobs, moved to Los Angeles, and went all in on Allegiate.

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Tim Caron: Tim’s last stop before Allegiate was as head strength and conditioning coach for football at Army West Point. He served in that role for three seasons, the final of which Army defeated Navy for the first time in fifteen years. Prior to that, Tim was an associate strength coach at USC where he was in charge of swimming and diving, and assisted with football. He was directly in charge of nutrition, return to play, and football’s internship program. 

Cody Romness: Cody heads up marketing and sales for Allegiate. Before co-founding Allegiate, Cody worked in business development for Patreon, a successful startup on its way to $1 billion in transactions made to creators. Before that, Cody spent 4 years as a general manager for Renman MB working directly with music business legend Steve Rennie – manager of platinum-selling rock band Incubus. A graduate of USC, Cody played football for the Trojans and started on kick-off. 

Steve Blackhart: Steve recently completed his MBA at Harvard Business School. He’s currently working in M&A. Previously, he founded Black Eagle Advisors, an M&A advisory firm. He was a finance professional at FFL Partners and Bank of America Merill Lynch. Steve played wide receiver for USC. 

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TIM CARON IS THE HEART AND BRAIN BEHIND ALLEGIATE.

With two master’s degrees and years D1 coaching and weight training, Tim takes pride in helping you level-up your training. 

Early: 
Tim earned a bachelor’s degree from Westfield State College in Mathematics and Movement Science. Following Westfield State College, he went on to intern-coach at Velocity Sports Performance, Harvard University, and Georgia Tech. 

Through these experiences, he was able to earn a graduate assistant position at Springfield College where he was personally in charge of football, men’s basketball, women’s volleyball, men’s lacrosse, and women’s track and field. He also served as an intern-coach with the football team at Ole Miss. 

Next: 
Within a year, Tim became full-time assistant strength and conditioning coach at Georgia Tech, where he was responsible for women’s basketball, assisted with football, and was in charge of football’s nutrition program. While working at Georgia Tech, he earned his masters from Springfield College in Exercise Science with a concentration in Strength and Conditioning. He also obtained a second masters from California University of Pennsylvania. 

Following Georgia Tech, Tim became associate strength and conditioning coach at USC, where he was in charge of swimming and diving, and assisted with football. He was directly in charge of nutrition, return to play, and football’s internship program. 

Last stop before Allegiate: 
Tim’s last stop before Allegiate was as head strength and conditioning coach for football at Army West Point. He served in that role for three seasons, the final of which Army defeated Navy for the first time in fifteen years. 

Legacy: 
A number of former athletes, interns, and assistant coaches who have worked with Tim have gone on to prominent roles as either assistants and/or head strength and conditioning coaches at numerous D-1 schools and professional teams.

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WORLD-CLASS COACHING IS THE DIFFERENCE.

Our coaches bring a next-level thought process into every detail of what goes on at Allegiate. They focus on what’s happening in your workouts, and how everything affects your strength-building goals. They’re with you in the moment, recalling what you did yesterday, and guiding you toward where you’re going tomorrow.

Andres Suarez 
Goes by the “The Butcher”. Allegiate’s most grizzled vet, been here since D1 (literally). Coaches classes, private trains, nutritional consult and has digital clients. He is the head track and field coach at North Torrance High. Andres@allegiategym.com

Jake Bush 
Goes by “Wagyu”. Allegiate’s most seasoned (in life) coach. Coaches classes, private trains, nutritional consult and has digital clients. He is the head basketball and strength and conditioning coach for girls basketball at El Segundo High School. Jake@allegiategym.com

Kirk Carlson 
Goes by “Silent Assassin”. Allegiate’s director of Arm Development. Coaches classes, private trains, nutritional consult and has digital clients.kirk@allegiategym.com

Brennen Green 
Goes by “Eagle”. Allegiate’s most fashionable coach. Coaches classes, private trains, nutritional consult and has digital clients.brennen@allegiategym.com

Aimee Witten 
Goes by “Aimster”. Coaches classes, private trains, nutritional consult and has digital clients.

LEGACY COACHES:

  • Noble Landry – Indianapolis Colts Assistant S&C Coach
  • Humberto Medina – Monte Vista Christian School Head S&C Coach 
  • Kevin Maxen – Baylor Assistant S&C Coach 
  • Ryan Hornstra – Florida Assistant S&C Coach
  • Will Clayton – Fresno State Assistant S&C Coach
  • Zach Parrella – South Dakota Assistant S&C Coach 
  • Justin Irwin – North Texas Intern S&C Coach

OUR UNIQUE ENVIRONMENT CREATES ELITE RESULTS.

When you train at Allegiate, you tap into world-class strength training in an atmosphere that pushes you harder than you would on your own.

The gym is an inspiring place to workout, with elite equipment that enhances your experience, and space where you can also relax and refuel. 

Here, you’re part of a motivated community of ambitious professionals who are serious about what they do, and how they do it. The space accommodates whatever level of passion and motivation you bring to each workout. 

WHAT YOU’LL FIND AT ALLEGIATE:

  • 2,000+ s/f of training space
  • Lockers and showers (South Bay Only)
  • Nike turf
  • Best-in-class brands like Eleiko, Sorinex, Watson, Kabuki
  • High-Quality Supplements
  • Refreshment bar
  • A community of like minded individuals
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WORK AT ALLEGIATE

SEE WHAT IT TAKES TO WORK HERE.

Allegiate focuses on three things above all else: motivation, structure, and results. We demand that our coaches focus on the same. 

We serve many elite athletes and former athletes. But not all of our members are athletes, or want to be. Can you work with a range of people, and bring them your A-game every day? 


INTERN AT ALLEGIATE.

An Allegiate internship is a semester-long experience that requires you to be in the gym five days a week, morning or night. 

What you’ll do as an intern: 

  • Coach
  • Go through an advanced workout curriculum every day
  • Gain as much knowledge and experience as possible in one semester
  • Discover what it takes to be a professional strength and conditioning coach (and maybe a future Allegiate coach)

INTERESTED? HERE’S WHAT TO DO NEXT:

Email your resume and a short introduction to tim@allegiategym.com.

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT COACHING AT ALLEGIATE

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