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About me.

My name is Tyson Eckel. Born and raised in rural central Minnesota, I carry with me a love for the outdoors and for places of solitude. I love learning new things and have an ever growing pile of books I'm working my way through. My favorite food is sushi, and donuts will always have a special place in my heart.


I started resistance training with a group of friends when I was 14 and we were fortunate enough to have a mentor who taught us how to correctly squat, bench, press, and deadlift. I trained through high school and knew going into college that I wanted to pursue exercise science. In college I was determined to not only learn about the science behind exercise physiology, but gain real world experience in it. I ran a marathon, coached myself through a bodybuilding show and competed in powerlifting, breaking the MN state record for the deadlift.

During my senior year in college I was the intern under the strength and conditioning coach and completed my undergraduate research on blood flow restriction training. Both of these experiences were very formative to my training and coaching. I was leading team lifts for three to five different sports and learning how program for athletes and general population while conducting peer reviewed research. 

After graduating I started as a personal trainer at a big box gym but quickly found it wasn't the atmosphere I was best suited for and began training in a local fitness studio. After a year working with high end clientele I had learned how provide the highest quality of service, but I knew that in order to make the impact that I envisioned, I would have to do it on my own.

Cornerstone Training System is the culmination of almost a decade of training, experience, and passion for physical improvement.  


Populations I've worked with Extensively

Sports & Performance

  • Powerlifting
  • High School & College Athletes
    (Division III)
    • Football
    • Volleyball
    • Softball & Baseball
    • Soccer

General Population

  • Strength
  • Hypertrophy 
  • Fat loss
  • Special needs
  • Young (<10 years old)
  • Older Adults (55+)