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The mission of Five Rings Athletics is to help others pursue 'Excellence through Sport'.

Aaron Cunanan, MS, CSCS, USAW


Aaron is currently completing the Sport Physiology and Performance doctoral program at East Tennessee State University. He received his master's degree in kinesiology from LSU Shreveport.

Aaron competed at the national level in the sport of weightlifting, training under Dr. Kyle Pierce at the USA Weightlifting Center for High Performance and Development in Shreveport, La. He served as an assistant coach under Dr. Pierce from 2011 through 2016.

In addition to coaching, Aaron worked for three years as an exercise physiologist at an outpatient physical therapy clinic. He has been an adjunct instructor at LSU Shreveport since 2012.

Aaron currently serves as an assistant coach at the designated Olympic Training Site at ETSU for weightlifting, as well as a member of the sport science staff. His research interests include adaptations to resistance training, biomechanics of weightlifting, coach education, and long-term athlete development. Aaron resides in Johnson City, Tenn., with his wife and their three children.