Athlete Testimonials

“Training with Anthony and Matt at Donskov Strength and Conditioning has helped me become a better athlete both physically and mentally. Their wealth of knowledge in providing individual workouts, health, recovery, and injury rehab has helped me become a complete wrestler. I have had many injuries during my career. Anthony and his staff have not only helped pervious injuries become non issues but they also help prevent injuries from occurring. I am excited to be a part of DSC and am looking forward to working with them for years to come. My goals are to become a world and Olympic champ and DSC is pushing me to reach them.” *

Angel Escobedo
2010: Gold Medalist, Ziolkowski
2010: Bronze Medalist, Heydar Aliyev Golden Grand Prix
2010: University World Team Trials Champion
2010: World Team Trials Finalist
Indiana University Male Althlete of the Year
NCAA National Title
4x All-American Indiana Uiversity
"DSC are masters at their craft. I do not throw that out there lightly. I have worked with numerous strength & conditioning coaches from THE Ohio State University to the Olympic Training Center. They take special & specific care of each athlete in an extremely intelligent way. The way DSC tailor makes workout plans based on your individual body structure is impressive. Specifically, Anthony Donskov (or Anth), goes the extra mile to do things as safely as possible. Including their elite mobility warm-up to stretching sown into a lift, DSC perfectly balances hard work with smart training." *
JD Bergman
2013: US World Team Trials Champion... US Open Champion
2012: Ziolkowski International Champion
2012: Fourth in US Olympic Team Trials
2012: Third in Yasr Dogu International
2011: Fifth in Buryatia Republic President's Cup
2010: New York AC International Champion
3x All-American The Ohio State University

“Training at Donskov Strength and Conditioning has really been a blessing. Anthony and Matt, as well as the rest of the staff, are very knowledgeable about the types of training I need and how to tailer it to me specifically! Throughout my wrestling career strength training has been very important and I felt like I knew how to manage my own plan. Coming to Donskov SC I have had my training philosophy tested and have become better from it. I am sold that these guys have my best interests in mind and are always seeking to make improvements to the way they train me.” *

Tervel Dlagnev
2014: US Open National Champion 125KG
2013: Fifth in World Championships
2013: US World Team Trials Champion
2013: US Open Champion
2013: World Cup Silver Medalist
2012: New York AC International Champion
2012: Fifth in Olympic Games
2012: US Olympic Team Trials Champion
2012: Pan American Championships Gold Medalist
2009 World Champion (Gold)

"Training with Anthony and Matt at Donskov Strength and Conditioning has been a real privilege. The DSC staff's knowledge of strength and conditioning along with their ability to adapt their program to fit my personal needs has been essential in my progress as an athlete. At DSC I am given the opportunity to follow a training plan specifically designed to enhance my performance on the mat, and I have no doubt that this training will ultimately give me a leg up on the rest of the competition." *


Keith Gavin

2014 US Open National Champion 84KG

2013 US Open National Champion 84kg

US National Freestyle Wrestling Team

University of Pittsburgh Wrestling -- Sixth on All-Time on Win List

NCAA National Champion 2008: 174lbs Weight Class

Two Time All-American

2008 University Freestyle Nationals & World Team Trial Champion

Bronze Medalist in the 2008 World University Wrestling Championships

"I have been working with Anthony for over a year and have noticed a significant difference in my overall conditioning on and off the ice. Anthony has pushed me not only to continue to play at the National Level but has provided me with the right tools and outlook to become a better player. I can't thank Anthony enough for his continued dedication." *
Lisa Chesson
US Women's National Hockey Team
2013 World Champion (Gold)
2010 Olympic Winter Games Silver Medallist
2009 World Champion (Gold)
Former Ohio State University Women's Hockey

"I have had the pleasure of training with Anthony and Matt at Donskov Strength and Conditioning while injured over a month’s time. They understand the importance of personalized workouts, which helped me to push myself to become a stronger, more efficient athlete translating to my play on the ice. Along with strength building and endurance training, they provided me with helpful injury prevention exercises that will keep me playing healthy. With a great training atmosphere and guidance to accomplish my goals, I am happy to say that Donskov Strength and Conditioning is where I train whenever I am home in Columbus." *
Connor Murphy
Phoenix Coyotes: NHL / Portland Pirates: AHL
Pheonix Coyotes 1st Round Pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft
Member of the USA World Junior 2013 Gold Medal Team
"I give credit to Anthony who has physically prepared me for every obstacle that I face. In racing the physical demands are far different than any other sport, which require a trainer with great adaptability and a creative imagination . Not only has Anthony fulfilled both of these tasks but he has become a great friend of mine in the process." *
Graham Rahal
IZOD Indycar Series Driver

"I have had the opportunity to train with Anthony and it was a contributing factor to my success as a professional athlete. He challenged me using specific training methods for ice hockey which pushed me towards reaching my ultimate goal of playing in the National Hockey League. Anthony brings a certain dedication and intensity that is unmatched in the field of sports training. Thanks Anthony, for pushing me to performance levels I never thought possible from myself." *
Pat Leahy
Linz EHC, Austrian Elite League
Former: Nashville Predators, NHL
Former: Boston Bruins, NHL

"Training with Anthony Donskov in the summer has helped me to increase both strength and speed. The work that we have done will be integral for me to make a good impression in training camp. Anthony’s knowledge, passion, and commitment to helping me in the summer has been greatly appreciated." *
Mike Glumac
Zagreb Medvescak, KHL
Former: Mannheim Eagles, DEL
Former: St. Louis Blues, NHL

"The entire DSC Team is qualifed and motivated to attain the best out of their athletes. Brendan has gained almost 20 lbs in one year and his strength and endurance continue to improve. If you haven't tried DSC, then you are wasting your money and time with other programs. *
Wes Kremer
Parent of Athlete: Competitive Hockey Player

"My boys started to enjoy the game of hockey at a very young age and were lucky to have the Donskov's teach and guide them. Years later, hockey is now their passion and being athletes, training is a crucial piece of their daily lives. Anthony and Matthew have customized strength & conditioning workouts for them which has had tremendous results both physically as well as mentally. They know how to motivate, they know how to achieve results and goals and they certainly know what excellence and success is all about. I feel extremely fortunate that my family has had the opportunity to cross paths with the very best! *

Roger Sherwood: Parent of Kiefer & Kole Sherwood (Miami Redhawks & London Knights, OHL)

"As a parent, I have been very impressed with Donskov Strength and Conditioning and Donskov Hockey Development. Anthony, Matt and the entire training staff have been a great positive influence on my son Matt. Not only has he added speed, strength and size, the positive mental aspects and outstanding role modeling should not be overlooked. As President of Prowler Hockey Association, I appreciate the customized team training they have provided for our athletes and the influence they have had on team chemistry and attitudes. DSC is a real asset that the Columbus hockey community is fortunate to have." *

Dan Rapp: President PHA Prowler Hockey Association

"I would like to say again, Thanks!!!, to Anthony, Matt and the rest of the crew at DSC. My son Chris thoroughly enjoys working out at DSC. I can see a huge improvement in him athletically and in his mental maturity. Keep up the good work." *

Brian Henestofel: Parent of Varsity HS Player

"Our son has been working at DSC for 7 months. He has seen a marked increase in his strength while healing old injuries and not getting new ones. His skating has improved as a result. The staff relates well to teenagers and he comes home wanting to do more. DSC is also able to work around busy schedules." *

C. Potter: Parent of competitive Figure Skater

"I started training with Anthony six months after I had surgery to repair a fully torn ACL and meniscus in my right leg. At first I thought that the training would only benefit my rehabilitation, but DSC has mad e a huge impact on my overall strength and conditioning. Anthony’s attention to detail and passion for getting the best out of his clients make every workout worthwhile. This summer I participated in 90 minute DSC workouts four times a week and the progress I made clearly shows. Anthony’s enthusiasm and coaching created an atmosphere that made me look forward to coming to work hard and train every day. I am more confident in my surgically repaired leg than ever before and I am a stronger and quicker basketball player on the floor because of the work I put in at DSC. As an athlete I look forward to working with Anthony because I know that I am not only going to get a great workout, but also a smart one. His coaching and dedication have put me on the path to be stronger than I was before I tore my ACL, as well as having a successful basketball season." *

Jim Bennett
Granville High School Varsity Basketball

"Over the past few years I have had the privilege of training with Anthony, and have seen many strides of improvement. Working out with Anthony over the summer has been a great experience which has physically and mentally prepared me for whatever challenge I may face. His hockey specific workouts target what I personally need to work on to become a better player, and I have benefited immensely from that. Each day I look forward to my work out not only because they are fun and valuable, but Anthony has become a good friend of mine as well." *
Blake Edwards
Tufts University, Divsion III NESCAC
St. Louis Bandits, NAHL, Junior "A"

"If you're going to take working out seriously, you need more than a highquality facility and equipment. You need a high quality program, a high quality trainer, and motivated athletes all working together. I am thankful to say that I have found all of these at DSC and can't say enough about how much I have benefitted from working with Anthony Donskov. I have worked out hard over the summer before, but nothing I have done has compared with the training program at DSC. Anthony knows what is best for you as an athlete and will push you to your limits accordingly. I have become a much stronger and faster athlete because of this experience and I do not believe I could have achieved this much anywhere else. It really is a world-class facility backed by a world-class trainer and I would do nothing less than recommend the program at DSC to anyone that wishes to excel as an athlete. I look forward to working with Anthony again this fall during the upcoming hockey season." *
Clayton Thomas
Texas Tornado NAHL, Junior A

“Training with Donskov Strength and Conditioning has allowed me to obtain my goals as an athlete. The Athletic Performance Development Program allowed me to train every aspect of my sport as closely as possible. Anthony not only makes training a challenge he makes it fun. I have been training with Donskov Strength and Conditioning for a year and a half and I have seen the results first hand. I have become a bigger, faster, and stronger athlete. Anthony will push his athletes as hard as they can train and always brings the same intensity into his gym day in and day out. I look forward to each and every workout. I have never found such a complex workout like the workouts provided at DSC. This is the best training I have found anywhere. Anthony is a great person and a great friend and I will continue to train at DSC for the rest of my hockey career, and for years to come.” *
Michael Matthes
New Mexico Mustangs, NAHL, Junior "A"

"Donskov Strength and Conditioning is the best place any athlete can go to train. I have trained with DSC since 2008, shortly after he first started DSC. I have been able to see DSC grow into what it has become today, a truly elite strength and conditioning program. The workouts at DSC are not your average workout. Every workout created has a science behind it. They are designed this way to prevent injury, build power and strength, and all-in-all make a better overall athlete. Any athlete who is serious about taking their sport to the next level should be training at DSC with Anthony and Matt Donskov." *
Marky Damante
Former: U18 AAA Ohio Blue Jackets

I have been with DSC for the past 9 years, and I can't possibly say enough about the quality experience I have had there. The athletic development programs are fun and incredibly beneficial. The coaching is second to none. Every trainer is not only well educated, but articulate and able to communicate efficiently the way in which each exercise should be performed to reduce injury and increase resistance. I've played competitive ice hockey at both the high school (DeSales) and college (Syracuse Univeristy) levels, and the training I received at DSC has always left me with a significant strength advantage. All the guys there are like a second family, and I know I'm not alone in feeling this way. If you're in Columbus and looking for real, top tier athletic training, I implore you to look no further. I can sincerely guarantee that a better place simply does not exist. *
Gordon Jones
Former Collegiate Hockey Player: Syracuse Orange, ACHA

"I really had a great time working out at DSC. Coach Anthony really interacted and motivated us through the entire workout. I believed this really helped me out with my hockey and football. It also gave me more confidence, made me a stronger, faster, and a more physical player on the ice and on the field. Thanks coach Anthony for a great summer." *
Hunter Shepherd
Olentangy Orange HS Hockey, Football & Track

"Anthony didn't just motivate me, he pushed me to work harder and harder each
day I went. It was a great experience and I look forward to doing it again." *
Jake Shepherd
Olentangy Organge HS Hockey

"My son, Mark, is 15 years old and has worked out with Anthony for just over a year. The gains Mark has made with Anthony have far exceeded my expectations. Mark actually has gotten stronger at one or more lifts at every workout. Anthony has an intensity of focus, an attention to detail and incessant positive attitude that has motivated my son to work harder and harder and look forward to doing it. Anthony loves what he does and it clearly rubs off on his students. I have had many people ask me what I have been feeding my son, and I tell them, Donskov Strength & Conditioning." *
Mark Damante
Parent of Athlete

"My 17 year old son Jim began training with Anthony after he had five surgeries to repair a compound fracture to his one leg and a full ACL and Lateral Meniscus tear to the other leg. After missing two seasons of basketball due to his injuries, I wanted Jim to be able to play without injury his senior year. As a NASM licensed personal trainer myself, I spoke with Anthony regarding giving Jim a solid foundation to promote injury reduction. Anthony explained his program to reduce sporting injuries which included conditioning drills that increased the strength of the muscles surrounding Jim’s knees. Jim began the program and immediately began making improvements. I saw Jim make his comeback in basketball during the Central Ohio Shootout in July and was amazed at his speed, strength and most of all confidence. When I asked him how he played without fear, he said it was due to DSC. He was confident in his body and his abilities based on the training he received working with Anthony both privately and in a group setting. I am thrilled with Jim’s results and cannot thank Anthony enough for his help getting Jim back to his game. It has been a very tough two years for Jim and he needed the help of a professional to return him to his former self. Anthony made this happen!" *
Sarah Parker
Parent of Athlete

"Anthony Donskov spent last summer training my 12 year old son, Jake for off-ice conditioning. Jake wanted to increase his speed and stamina on the ice for the upcoming hockey season. At the beginning of the summer, Anthony pointed out 3 key areas to focus on and then proceeded to do just that. Anthony's approach to improving physical conditioning goes beyond any expectation I might have had. He approaches an individuals conditioning by providing the most up to date strength and agility exercises and has the patience to make sure techniques are perfect. Anthony's knowledge of client safety and well being eliminates the risk of injury and enable the client to give 110% in a safe environment. Anthony surrounds himself with experts who can provide additional knowledge such as nutritional guidance to make a complete workout package. Last summer did wonders for Jake both on and off the ice and I know he is looking forward to working with Anthony for many years to come." *
Alan F. Hoffmann
Proud Parent of Jake
Immediate Past President, Newark Ice Hockey Association
President, Newark Sport and Event Commission

“My 12 year old son Mark, a AAA level hockey player, began working with Anthony earlier in the year with his hockey team. As summer approached and we began to prepare for the next season, I knew one area of development for Mark was to increase his strength, so we turned to Anthony. Mark and two of his teammates worked as a group with Anthony over the course of ten sessions, and I cannot believe the difference it has made in Mark's physical condition! He is stronger, much more able to control his body on and off the ice, and even looks more muscular. However, there is an even more important piece I'd like to comment on…Anthony has helped to instill/reinforce such a strong work ethic in my son and the other boys. He does a tremendous job of coupling hard work, listening and discipline with a sense of fun, positive reinforcement and high energy! This balance is so necessary for young men and women to be motivated to work hard, and I truly believe that it is as important to his clients' success as is all the education and experience that Anthony brings to the table. Mark left his sessions this summer stronger, motivated, and with a stronger sense of confidence. We can't wait for next summer!” *
Renee Heneman
Parent of Athlete

"My son Jesse, now a high school junior goalie, had participated in the Donskov family hockey camps dating back to his squirt days so it was an easy decision to try DSC. Now years later Jesse hasn't missed a session! Jesse has gained a "physical confidence" that I know has carried over into everything he does, beyond the tremendous strides in his hockey game. I have witnessed his progress over the years and I am just amazed. DSC has instilled in him a whole philosophy about training from the nutritional aspects to the mental focus it takes to be your best and it has all been great fun in the process. Jesse now considers himself an honorary Donskov brother. As a parent you hope there will be role models that shape your son or daughter in a positive way and that is exactly what you will get with DSC. I can't say enough about this program." *
Brenda Nusbaum
Parent of Competitive Hockey Player

"Donskov Strength & Conditioning is A+++++ I wouldn't send my teenager anywhere else for athletic training. Not only did my son get the necessary care and focus for proper conditioning, he was also surrounded by fantastic role models in leadership, teamwork and basic respect. My son's experience has been superb." *
Louise Elliot
Parent of Competitive Hockey Player

"I can't say enough about DSC and the experience my son Jesse has had working with Anthony and Matt and the other trainers. He has been going to DSC for three years now and has not only grown physically, but mentally. When your kid has a smile on his face after every workout we know we are in the right place. We have a great appreciation for DSC and what they are teaching Jesse about proper conditioning as well as teaching him the benefits of good nutrition. When it comes to deciding on a facility for sports conditioning and training, hands down it's DSC." *
Kellie Walz
Parent of Competitive Hockey Player

"My daughter Lexi is 13 years old and a competitive figure skater. Anthony started working with her almost two years ago. Our goal was to increase power and stamina. Anthony brought every training aspect and tailored it to her spefic needs. We could not have asked for anything better. Anthony is professional but also makes the training fun. Now Lexi has explosive power in her jumps and can skate her programs without being fatigued. Thank You Anthony for giving us your time and expertise." *
Christine Eggleston
Competitive Figure Skater
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