We love "meeting" our customers on Facebook! It was such a fun surprise in our inbox when we got a few videos sent our way from Ed Daubert with a note about having great results with the XPO and his local youth athletes! And we loved learning a little more of his story!

Ed, a former powerlifter who set 16 different world records in three different age and weight classes over his career, runs The Lions Den out of Pottsville, Pennsylvania. The Lions Den started in the Daubert home about 12 years ago with his sons, Brandon and Joshua, with Ed training his sons' friends out of their home gym. During those early years, Ed says he prayed over what he knew "could be." 

In March of this year, as the country shut down for the pandemic, he had the opportunity to move his equipment to a 200 square foot garage. He started training his sons Josh and Connor and then had families reaching out to him about training their kids. Ed said he was glad to provide some sense of normalcy with schools going virtual and sports being shut down. By June, Ed was training about ten local athletes, and by July, he was already expanding his space.

Doors have continued to open for Ed and The Lions Den, and he's been offered a space in downtown Pottsville for this fall and is now training more than 30 kids.

"Our motto here is "Strength For Life," and we operate on 2 Bible verses:

Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me."
and Matthew 19:26 "through man nothing is possible, but through God, ALL things are possible."

Ed doesn't only focus on physical strength but wants to build mental and spiritual strength, discipline, and confidence that can carry over into their sports and throughout life.

Why did you purchase XPO Trainer(s) for your gym? 

I purchased the XPO because the owner of the garage I was renting for training didn't want me using any of my Rogue sleds in the parking lot because she didn't want the parking lot damaged. So I searched for a sled with wheels, and I found the XPO. The price is remarkable compared to all those high price sleds.

What benefits do you see when you or clients add sled training to a workout routine?

It's great, especially for my football players, to work on leg drive and leg strength. The running back I train is destroying defenders on the gridiron. He can't be tackled by one defender alone. This sled has taken him to the next level. The conditioning you get from the XPO is phenomenal. I'm confident and have seen for myself that my athletes do not fatigue. I have absolutely no regrets about purchasing this sled.

This is my senior running back taking defenders for a ride!! Thank you XPO Trainer!!!!

What makes the XPO Trainer different from other sleds you've used?

The biggest thing - I don't have to cart plates around to stack up on the sled. That is huge since I had to pack my Rogue sled in my SUV and 45 lb plates to drive somewhere to work with it. Now I just pop the XPO out of the garage, throw a 45lb plate on to weigh down the back wheels, and go! It's easy to load into a vehicle, and it's lightweight. The resistance motor is super durable. I can have groups of kids work on it at the same time and not worry about the motor.

What is one of your most memorable workouts using the XPO Trainer?

I personally like pairing it with tire flips and medicine ball slams.

Ed, we're so glad you shared those initial XPO videos with us so we could learn a little more about how it's getting used in Pottsville with your athletes! So glad you invested in the XPO as an addition for your training! Good luck as you continue to grow and make a difference in the lives of these kids!