Our Philosophy

To coach and train athletes of all ages, fitness enthusiasts and individuals looking to make a commitment to long term health.

The Optimum Performance Center uses research based training techniques to help clients move through developmental skill levels quickly and safely, maximizing their results.

Our mission is to bring a whole-body philosophy and results driven performance enhancing programming to our clients.

Our Story

The Optimum Performance Center is owned and operated by Michael and Michelle Gaugler, Lehigh Valley residents, who had a dream to open a facility that was not like a commercial gym and was rooted in research based equipment and training techniques.

Michael and Michelle have experienced years of frustration trying to find a gym that has the tools and equipment that are proven to provide safe and fast results. They could not find one. So the Optimum Performance Center was born. Not meant to be a traditional commercial gym, where results are hard to achieve, the OPC will help clients achieve their sports performance and personal fitness goals.

Meet the Team

Michael Gaugler

Founder and Director of Strength and Conditioning Programming

Michael was born and raised in Nazareth, has a BS from Penn State in Exercise Science and has over 15 years of experience as a strength and performance coach in the Lehigh Valley.

He has experience with Division 1, 2 and 3 athletes on speed, strength, power, conditioning and injury prevention.

He has worked with local junior high and high school sports teams  on proper lifting technique, running mechanics, body awareness, speed, agility, strength, power conditioning and injury prevention programs.

He has also worked with non-traditional athletes such as competitive Irish dancers on body awareness, injury prevention and functional strength.

He is knowledgeable about ergonomics and has helped numerous people with back, neck and shoulder pain and strain from repetitive work such as nurses, factory workers, desk workers and even musicians.

He is certified as a Functional Movement Systems specialist, Powerlifting Practitioner, USA level 1 club Olympic Lifting Coach, NASM certified Performance Enhancement Specialist and Corrective Exercise Specialist and a certified program design specialist through the National Sports Performance Association.

Michelle Gaugler

Founder, Director of Operations and Business Development, Nutrition &  Lifestyle Coach, Personal Trainer

Michelle has 26 years of experience in healthcare provision, business development and management.

Michelle has degrees in psychology and social work. She holds licenses as a social worker, personal care administrator and nursing home administrator, and certified as a personal trainer and a Level 1 Certified Precision Nutrition Coach.

Michelle is excited to be able to bring this much needed service to the people of the Lehigh Valley as she has struggled to find sustained results from using commercial programs. Michelle will be the first to share her successes using the FMS, specialty equipment (which helped her back!) and how the OPC’s training method offers helped to burn fat and build muscle. She offers holistic lifestyle and nutrition coaching and specializes in women’s needs.

Michelle finds great meaning in helping others and is a relentless optimist so feel free to count on her for a smile, an encouraging word or a partner for reaching your maximum potential!

Josh Chromiak

Strength and Conditioning Coach

Graduated from Pen Argyl in 2007 lettering in Football (3 year starter) and track and field and boasted 1st Offensive Center and 1st team Defensive End senior year. Walked on at Bloomsburg University and played as a true freshman. Unfortunately, a knee injury and subsequent surgery ended a promising career. Majored in Exercise Science, interning at the University at Buffalo after sophomore year, getting the opportunity to coach defensive standouts Khalil Mack and Richie Smith.

His interest in weightlifting began after losing 80lbs at the age of 12 by focusing on working out and nutrition as well as briefly breaking the deadlift world record at age 17. His knowledge grew through education and while rehabbing his injuries in college, the experience  solidified his will and need to help other athletes correct what he could not alone: to avoid injuries and be the best athletes they can possibly be with all the tools they could ever need.

Josh is certified strength and conditioning coach and a personal trainer and is currently completing his performance enhancement specialist certificate. He was proud to be named Juniata’s Strongest Strength Coach 2017 and is a professional acoustic guitar player and singer.

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