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Darl Bauer lifting up a weight ball

Darl Bauer is the Director of Strength & Performance for the University of Houston Cougars. Darl was formerly the Assistant Director of Strength and Conditioning/Director of Applied Performance at West Virginia University and worked with their program for eight years. He also has a Masters Degree from West Virginia and an extensive background in sport and exercise.

Before he moved to Morgantown, Darl assisted with the football program and helped train the men’s basketball, women’s soccer and women’s volleyball teams at Eastern Michigan University.

Bauer played football at Hillsdale College and started his career as a strength and conditioning coach in high schools and private business.

Coach Bauer lifting while at Home

What you love about Coach Bauer is that he has a real personal passion for strength and conditioning and it is reflected in his daily life. This passion flows over to his athletes and is seen in their effort and commitment to excel.

Darl shows some methods of Getting Strong when ‘stuck’ at home.


Tool Box Training – Increase the Number of Tools to Progressively Overload


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