Mark Keil, CSCS

Mark's career began with an internship at Oral Roberts University Performance facility. He spent months working with ORU's sports to develop speed, power, and strength in each of the sports teams. Mark went on to spend a summer interning with the Colorado Rockies before being offered a job with the Minnesota Twins. He spent two seasons as a performance coach in the Twins organization and has since assisted with training Jenks Lacrosse and the Tulsa Oilers. Mark continues to assist coaches with team development and actively speaks at coaches conferences across the state. 

Matt Whatley, Catcher


"I believe Mark has the athlete's best interest in mind. He has the 'know how' and the feel to bring about the best in athletes."

Charles Porter, LAX Coach


"Mark inspires positive change to produce better athletic performance: mentally, physically, and spiritually. He motivates for results in strength, speed, and power."

918Strength Philosophy

We believe that strength and conditioning (performance) training is absolutely necessary for every athlete. And the earlier the athlete starts, the better. 

Our younger athletes begin with body-weight movements and learn proper run mechanics. We teach them the following: how to start and stop quickly; proper foot placement; quick feet; and change of direction. 

The older athletes will also begin with body-weight movements, but progress more rapidly. We will focus on strength development and power production, that way they are able to maximize their skill on the field / court. We also focus on plyometrics (ie - jumping) so that they are better able to apply the strength we've developed to game-like situations.

Every exercise we take our athletes through has purpose. Our one and only focus is making the athlete a better athlete.  We encourage our athletes and parents alike to ask questions often (ie - why are they performing this specific exercises?). While our focus is strength and power, we do not overlook proper mobility; this is because it's of no benefit  to the athlete if they are strong and powerful but unable to move efficiently. That said, the majority of our strength exercises are paired with a mobility movement so that as the athlete gains strength they are able to apply that strength through the full range of motion. 

In summary, we create stronger, more powerful athletes.