Coaches

Michael Pascual - Owner & Head Coach

  • Certified USAW Sports Performance

  • Certified Eleiko Strength Coach & Conditioning

Hello everybody, I’m Michael Pascual, the owner and head coach of More Strength Weightlifting. My love for Olympic weightlifting started years ago and has continued to grow ever since. 

I was born in California, but after a few years, my parents decided to move our family to a small town in Idaho with a population of around 10,000 people. It was close-knit community where we all helped each other. During this time, I was introduced to weight training, and my love affair for resistance training started. My brother and I started lifting weights when my father bought us free weights, and we trained in our room. Then, during middle school and high school, I continued resistance training as part of my elective classes. Most of my childhood memories were made in Idaho, and it will always have a special place in my heart. In 2001, my parents decided to make another big change, and we moved to Florida.

I went to Jupiter High School, where I continued taking weight training class and competed for Jupiter High during my senior year. I continued to work out without really knowing what I was doing.  My bother-in-law and I decided to start our own landscaping business, which worked out well for us, but it wasn’t something I wanted to do for the rest of my life. One day, a friend of mine invited me to a Hard Exercise Works (HEW) class. It was a novel experience compared to the monotony of a globo gym. Although I did like HEW, it didn’t seem like the right fit until I went to Gardens CrossFit (GCF). I joined GCF, and soon after my brother and sisters also joined. I discovered Olympic weightlifting there, and that’s when I discovered my passion.

GCF was a great learning experience, but I decided to take my training to the next level and found Vero Beach Weightlifting (VBW). Brian Secrest, owner of VBW and Orchid Island CrossFit, refined my technique and took me to the next level. After lifting and competing at meets, I realized that this was what I wanted to do for a living. Little by little, I started saving and buying equipment for my future gym. Brian took me under his wing, and I started to coach at VBW.  My goal was to learn as much as I could so that one day I could help my future athletes achieve their goals. My trust in Brian is unwavering. His ability as a coach has taken his athletes to international competitions, and he is helping put America's name back on the map in this athletic field. I would like to thank him for helping me on this journey.

With the help of my family and close friends, I finally took a leap of faith and opened More Strength Weightlifting (MSW). My goal is to bring out the best in my athletes and help build the weightlifting community.

I am Michael. Welcome to MSW.