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Owner, Trainer, Coach – Layne Performance

Dr. Andrew Layne, PhD, CSCS, USAW, enjoying a lighthearted moment during a Layne Performance Weightlifting practice session

Andrew Layne, PhD, CSCS, USAW has more than 15 years of experience in the fitness industry as a researcher, sport scientist, strength coach and personal trainer. Throughout the years, Dr. Layne has helped hundreds of clients improve their quality of life. These individuals chose Dr. Layne to help them achieve various goals, like attaining greatness in sport, developing strength and power, recovering mobility after an injury or health crisis, or just to get in better shape. Whatever your fitness goals, Dr. Layne will leverage his education and practical experience to get you there.


PhD in Exercise Physiology, University of Florida, 2017

Dr. Layne earned his PhD through the departments of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology and Aging and Geriatric Research at UF. His research involved muscle repair and recovery following exercise, exercise for preventing disability in older adults, and resistance exercise for older adults with joint pain and arthritis. Consequently, Dr. Layne has published numerous scientific manuscripts and a textbook chapter on age-related muscle loss, and his research has been cited hundreds of times. Most importantly, Dr. Layne’s research on resistance training helped hundreds of older adults improve their mobility and extend their healthspan.

Master’s in Sport Performance, East Tennessee State University, 2010

Dr. Layne earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from East Tennessee State University through the first sport science program in the United States. During his time at ETSU, Dr. Layne served as a strength coach and sport scientist for several men’s and women’s NCAA sports teams. He also competed as a weightlifter and he helped lay the foundation for ETSU’s Designated Olympic Training Site for USA Weightlifting. Dr. Layne has been involved in weightlifting as an athlete, coach, club director and referee ever since.


Dr. Layne has worked with individuals of all ages and backgrounds throughout his career. Broadly, Dr. Layne’s expertise is leveraging resistance exercise to improve performance. However, performance demands are specific to the individual, and Dr. Layne’s education and experience allow him to design training plans to help almost anyone. His expertise covers:

Youth athlete development

Mobility for older adults

General strength training

Elite sport performance

Preventing disability

Sport-specific training

Preserving muscle mass

Layne Performance Weightlifting

Dr. Layne (USAW Level 2) is the former co-founder of the Gator Weightlifting club team at the University of Florida, where he served as coach until 2020. In 2020, Dr. Layne founded his current club, Layne Performance weightlifting. Dr. Layne has produced more than 10 national level weightlifters, and the numbers continue to grow. See more about Layne Performance Weightlifting here.

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Registered Dietitian – Layne Performance, Nutrition for All

Lucy Berman, MPH, RD, practicing her weightlifting technique.
Lucy Berman, MPH, RD

Lucy Berman is a registered dietitian, Gator alumna, and she also holds a Master’s in Public Health Nutrition from the University of Minnesota. Lucy is the founder of a Minnesota-based nonprofit called Nutrition for All, which seeks to provide nutrition counseling services to underserved populations. Lucy is a multi-sport athlete, and she has competed at the national level as a weightlifter (fun fact: Dr. Andrew Layne was her first weightlifting coach). She has a background as a competitive Ultimate player, and she is currently pursuing Muay Thai with hopes to compete.

Lucy understands the critical role proper nutrition plays in your health and performance. She brings her nutrition knowledge and experience as an athlete to provide Layne Performance members with top-notch nutrition counseling.