About Strategic Athlete

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Strategic Athlete is a place where you can take back control of your health, fitness, and life without the typical ego driven guru bullshit.

Over the last 12+ years my goal has been to bring high-quality, research backed training information to the masses.

We both know there is just too much nonsense out there in internet land to make heads or tails of what we should be doing in the gym everyday.

And since you probably have a busy schedule, family, and life that demands most of your time you don’t have hours each day to train.

Well the good news is, you don’t need hours in the gym everyday to reach your goals.

You just need a solid plan, some discipline, and consistency.

There are a million gurus out there who want to sell you that “one weird trick” that will give you [RESULT] instantly.

If that’s what you’re looking for, then you’re in the wrong place.

However, if you’re ready to buckle down, do the work, and get stronger, faster, fitter, & healthier overall – for the long run – then welcome to the community.

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PJ Newton

Strategic Athlete started as a way for me to share the information I craved when I was on active duty. I needed a no nonsense training program that would allow me to become the most well-rounded, physically fit, Marine I could be (i.e. Strong, fast, durable, mobile, fit, etc.).

Since leaving active duty in 2012, unsurprisingly, my life hasn’t gotten any less hectic. Which means I have even less time each week to dedicate to training – Something you can probably relate too.

I’ve also realized, thanks to constant education & commitment to better myself as a coach, that a ruthless focus on the fundamentals you can achieve some pretty big things physically. And it doesn’t take hours of training each day.

So everything you’ll find on this site is designed for regular people who just want to increase their overall fitness & quality of life – Over the long-term.

And building a large foundation of general physical preparedness is probably the #1 way to ensure your success when you need your fitness the most.

So if you’re battle is with the enemy on the battlefield, the criminal in the street, or your 10-year old on the ice — You’ll be ready.

PJ Newton


  • Founder, Strategic Athlete
  • Federal Law Enforcement Agent
  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
  • Captain, USMC (2002-2012)
  • Marine Corps Martial Arts Instructor
  • Former Director of Training, CrossFit Endurance
  • Former Head Coach CrossFit Endurance
  • Former Head Coach AthleteCell


  • B.S. Arizona State University (Justice Studies)
  • M.S. A.T. Still University (Kinesiology – Sports Conditioning)
  • CrossFit Level 1 (x3)
  • CrossFit Level 2
  • CrossFit Gymnastics
  • CrossFit Nutrition
  • CrossFit Kids
  • CrossFit Movement & Mobility (x2)
  • POSE Level 1
  • CrossFit Running
  • CrossFit Endurance
  • CrossFit Endurance Swim
  • CrossFit Defense Athlete’s Course
  • CrossFit Kettlebell
  • CrossFit Weightlifting
  • Underground Strength Coach Certification
  • CPR/AED Certification

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