David Ester (Sergeant, US Army Retired) is an expert in weightlifting and fitness facility operations. As an International level USA Weightlifting (USAW) coach, his expertise spans the full scope of strength and conditioning, including athlete assessments, skills progression, training programming, and injury prevention. As the owner and operator of his own gym, David has extensive experience as it relates to the inspection, use, safety, and maintenance of fitness equipment and facilities. David applies his expertise to forensic casework involving fitness equipment and facilities, personal training, strength and conditioning programs at schools and commercial facilities, and sport-specific training.
David served in the US Army 101st Airborne for six years, retiring as a Sergeant. In that position, he participated in the Army’s Warrior Leader Course (WLC) and the 101st Elite Tactical Athlete School at Fort Campbell in KY. The skills, discipline, and experience that he gained during this time would lead him to pursue competitive weightlifting and to become a certified USA Weightlifting (USAW) coach. He has operated his own weightlifting gym while coaching all ages and levels of experience, progressing athletes from complete beginners to Team USA competitors. He has experience in nearly all types of fitness equipment and machinery, including rowers, bikes, kettlebells, dumbbells, bands, balls, etc., as well as saunas and other amenities commonly found at fitness facilities.
In addition to the accolades Dave received during his military career, he has trained multiple international weightlifting champions with medals from the Pan American, Rogue International, and American Open competitions, among others. Dave is also a member of the United States Olympic Committee’s National Team Coach Leadership Education Program (NTCLEP), a committee comprised of elite coaches from each Olympic sport. He is US Safe Sport certified, and sits on the governing board of the Illinois State Weightlifting Organization.