Dustin Oranchuk, Strength & Conditioning Specialist

Dustin Oranchuk brings 13 years of excellent experience. His most recent, completing a stint abroad in New Zealand and Australia earning a PhD in Sports Science, with a focus on neuromuscular adaptations to resistance training. 

Dustin Oranchuk has a deep background as a strength and conditioning specialist, and as a researcher in several areas of exercise physiology, biomechanics, and sports science. Dustin has worked with teams in the private sector, Canadian Olympic, NCAA, and U-Sports systems. He has also published over 25 peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals and presented at several national and international conferences.

After years of competing in football and weightlifting, Dustin began following his passion in the field of Strength and Conditioning during his Bachelors of Kinesiology studies at Mount Royal University and University of Calgary. Following his undergraduate degree, Dustin had a brief stint working with the Canadian Sports Institute, and later as a Strength and Conditioning coach at a private hockey training facility in Connecticut, USA. Dustin then completed a Master of Science degree in Colorado while serving as the head Strength and Conditioning coach for the University’s swimming, volleyball and basketball teams. He then returned to Calgary and served as the Head Strength and Conditioning coach for Dino’s football team. 

Dustin enjoys utilizing his scientific background to achieve results while educating each athlete/client and navigating ways to make training an enjoyable experience regardless of the goal. He aims to merge his scientific and practical experiences to help Acumen provide a top-notch, comprehensive sports performance system and utilize the scientific method to drive intelligent change. 

What do you do for leisure?

Other than challenging himself in the weightroom, Dustin enjoys the beach and (trying) to cook new dishes. 

Most memorable moment as a healthcare professional? 

All of the personal connections and friends made! Otherwise, organizing the strength and conditioning program for Dino’s football team of ~100 players is something I am quite proud of.

Biggest mentor or motivator?

My PhD supervisor John Cronin. He is one of the most down-to-earth academics I have ever met, and has opened up his home, mind and heart to countless people; a true educator!

If you had a superpower but could only use it once a month, what would it be?

Teleportation.

Favourite holiday?

Definitely going to the beach, relaxing with salt water in your hair with the sun on your skin!

If you could go back in time which year would you choose to go back to and why?

2004, when I was 15. There are so many things I know now, that I wish I knew back then.

How do you like your coffee? or caffeine?

Black coffee, and lots of it (preferably right before a squat session).

Tell us something no one would know about you?

I enjoy working with, teaching and interacting with children, youth athletes and undergraduate students. I find it so rewarding to make even the smallest of differences in their path.