Travis Pollen

Travis Pollen
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Travis Pollen, MS, is an NPTI certified personal trainer and American record-holding Paralympic swimmer. He recently completed his master’s degree in Biomechanics and Movement Science at the University of Delaware.

I’m Travis Pollen (AKA the Fitness Pollenator), an in-person and online personal trainer based in Philadelphia, PA. When it comes to fitness, my niche is the science. Thanks to my graduate degree in biomechanics, I’m able to provide readers and clients with a highly scientific approach to training.

But I wasn’t always a scientist. Like most lifters, I started out as an (adaptive) athlete first. Unlike many lifters, though, I was born missing a leg (hence the qualifier, adaptive). Throughout high school and college, I swam competitively. During that time, I broke two Paralympic American Records and even tried out for the U.S. Paralympic team in 2012.

Over the course of my swimming career, I was constantly searching for ways to supplement my training outside the pool – the most productive of which turned out to be lifting weights. When my career finally came to an end, I realized that my true love all along was strength training.

Nowadays, I devote my time to helping aspiring athletes and average Joe’s alike get bigger, faster, and stronger through writing and coaching.

Travis Pollen's Content

The 5 Lower Body Form Mistakes You're Making
Training the lower body is a must for obtaining a strong physique. Learn how to correct common form mistakes to prevent injuries and promote gains!
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Is Bad Form Stealing Your Gains? Here's How to Prevent it
Do you have bad form? You may be performing exercises incorrectly without even knowing it! Check out the proper and improper way to do these 4 exercises.
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Irradiation: How Your Fist Can Instantly Make You Stronger
What is Irradiation? Find out how to apply this technique to your workouts for a simple alteration that will really pack a punch!
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8 Hypertrophy Lessons from a Veteran Lifter
In an interview with veteran lifter and personal trainer Barry Fritz, Barry shares muscle-building tips from his 40+ years experience in strength training.
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4 Strategies for Breaking Through Muscle Building Plateaus
Your beginner gains are a thing of the past, so now what do you do to gain strength and size? Add these plateau-busting strategies to your training today!
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