Joe Micela

Owner & Head Olympic Weightlifting Coach

Coach Micela started Performance One back in 2000 with one goal in mind, “To contribute my knowledge, enthusiasm, and experience to the development of superior athletes.” Coach Micela has developed High School, College, Professional, and Olympic Level Athletes.  He is considered a leader in the field of Olympic Weightlifting and Explosive Power Development for Sport Strength and Conditioning.

Joe Micela has also ran Team Arizona Weightlifting, into one of the most successful Olympic Style Weightlifting Club in the Southwest.  In 2012 he formed the Performance One Weightlifting Club to closer tie the Performance One Athletes together under one facility and one name.  As a Weightlifting Coach He has produced many national and international medalists.  In 2012 He Coached 4x National Champion Sarah Robles to the 2012 Olympics.  Robles has been the top female lifter in the US the last three years.  In 2011, Coach Micela guide the Women’s World Team to solidify two Female Slots for the 2012 Olympics.  In 2010,  he coached two athletes to the Senior World Championships in Antalya, Turkey.   He also was named the Head Coach for the Woman’s Pan American Team.  In 2009 he was the Assistant Coach for both the Men’s and Women’s Senior World Weightlifting Team.  And in 2008 he was awarded the Developmental Coach of the Year from the United States Olympic Committee representing the sport of Weightlifting. In Arizona his duties include Head Coaching the Junior National and Senior National Teams, promoting local and national events, educating coaches through teaching courses,   and recruiting talented athletes for the sport of Weightlifting. Prior to these jobs Coach Micela was the Interim Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Northern Arizona University, Undergrad-Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at Arizona State University.

Joe Micela was born in South Philadelphia, PA and grew up in Southern New Jersey. He attended Rutgers University and Arizona State University on a Wrestling Scholarship. Graduating from ASU with a degree in Exercise Science and Physical Education. Joe holds the title of Senior International Coach from USA Weightlifting and is certified from the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Coach Micela has lectured throughout the country on the benefits of strength and conditioning for sports and has coached athlete’s to national and international medals. Joe Micela resides in Mesa, Arizona with his wife Libby and their sons Antonino and Gabriel.