Rachel Stanford

I started working out at Shaffer Strength & Conditioning at the
beginning of this summer.  Just in these past few months I saw a big
change in my physical and mental strength.  I can honestly say I am in the
best shape of my life right now.  And I wouldn’t have been able to
accomplish this without the help of Chris Shaffer and his Athlete Training
Program.  He pushes you to your limits while encouraging you along the
way.  I feel very prepared and confident in myself going into my next
volleyball season at Catawba College.  If I could change one thing it
would be to start working out with Chris earlier.

Rachel Stanford

Melanie Snyder

I had the best experience with the Athlete Training Program (ATP) at Shaffer Strength & Conditioning. I learned so much about my body, and what it is capable of doing. I never realized how hard I could push myself until my first “Day 2”. I loved how much individual attention I received, and how every workout was clearly explained with the correct technique.  All the instructors cared about the safety and improvement of the athletes, and also provided flexible hours for the hectic schedules of athletes. I felt so motivated every single day thanks to the constant encouragement that everyone gave me. This helped me push my body past my comfort zone. I feel as if I am in the best shape I have ever been, and I feel fully prepared to begin my pre-season as a D1 athlete. I cannot wait until I am home on break to resume my training with Shaffer Strength & Conditioning!

-Melanie Snyder

Marist College


Maddie French

Although I knew about Chris’s incredible volleyball IQ coming into his gym, I believe that every athlete who wants to get better at their sport should work out at Shaffer Strength and Conditioning. Working out with Chris is the best thing any athlete could do for him or herself because Chris knows exactly how to push athletes to their limits, and then some. Chris has made me exceed expectations I had of myself again and again, which has made me more confident in myself as an upcoming collegiate athlete. Working out with Chris gives athletes the most preparation available when transitioning to the next level. Not only has Chris prepared me for being a collegiate athlete physically, but his outstanding positivity and support inside the gym makes me crave to chase my goals for my upcoming volleyball season at Mason, and my long term goals for my volleyball career all together.

Maddie French
Atlee Volleyball State Champion 2013
George Mason University

Hudson Bates

I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing tutelage under Chris Shaffer since I was 16 years old. He was my first great volleyball coach and he incorporated some great mobility and strength training exercises to my training sessions.
From an athletic standpoint he understands what it takes to achieve the highest level of physical strength for many different sports.
At the same time, he is the kind of instructor/coach that you want to work hard for and he makes working hard fun!
I always look back fondly and look forward to my next fitness adventures with this premier trainer in my home town of Richmond, Va. Thanks for everything you have done for me Chris, keep up the great work, God bless.

Hudson Bates
Men’s Head Coach
Marymount University
George Mason 2005-2008
Three-time EIVA All-East selection
EIVA Newcomer of the year 2005
USA National Team 2008-2010
Puerto Rican Superior League and Qatar National League 2008-2012
Ranked in the top-25 of the USA Volleyball Beach Player Rankings in 2014, Bates currently sits at 24th. He won the AVP U26 Tour and was one of four members of the USA Beach National Team in 2010.

Kristin Carpenter

As a young athlete, there were always older players in the area that I looked up to. I was fortunate enough to be trained by one of those players. I laugh because it was so long ago but learning the basics is the foundation of how you’re going to continue to grow your skills. Because of learning the basics so well from Chris Shaffer, I’ve gotten to compete at the highest collegiate level and continue my career as a professional volleyball player. There’s no one in the business who knows more about volleyball and what volleyball players need to strengthen their bodies. Not only is he a knowledgeable coach, but his way of motivating is unmatched. He truly cares about each person and cares about their bettering their story.

Kristin Carpenter
2x Division 1 National Champion
3x Big Ten Champion
MVP Swedish Women’s Elite Series
Current Pro Volleyball Player in Greece
Setter . O. Markopoulo, Greece
Bachelor of Science | Kinesiology
The Pennsylvania State University | 2013

Robert Chilcoat

When I was 15, Chris began working with me to improve my strength and agility to help me get ready for my high school and club volleyball seasons. He always showed up to my workouts with a positive attitude and found a way to get me to push my limits to places I didn’t know I could go. As an NCAA Division I volleyball player, his training and expertise greatly helped me transition into the college game. When I come home during Christmas breaks, instead of going to a gym, I go to Chris because he has the knowledge, skills, and positive atmosphere at his gym to help push me and improve my game.

Robert Chilcoat
Loyola University Chicago
Men’s Volleyball National Champion ‘15

Mariel Fry

Chris was one of my coaches when I played volleyball for VCU. After I graduated, I also played with and against him at many adult tournaments. After he started as one of my coaches, It didn’t take long for me to realize how much he knew about the game, and how much he could help me improve. I was excited to have practices when he was there because he would give me specific feedback about my technique and he always motivated and encouraged me to push myself harder. I wouldn’t be the volleyball player and coach that I am today without his influence. You will not be disappointed if you decide to train with him!

Mariel Fry

Played middle, right side and outside at VCU from 2007-2011, VCU captain 2009-2011, VCU graduate assistant 2011-2012, coached club volleyball at MAVC and RVC for 5 years and Husky Volleyball for 1 year. Coach Glastonbury High School Girl’s volleyball team 2013-present with a record of 27-1 in conference and 44-10 overall. 

Kasey Ogden

Growing up in the Richmond Volleyball Program, I was in awe of Chris Shaffer and his volleyball knowledge.  I have now been training at Shaffer Strength and Conditioning for a year and a half, and I am in awe of his desire for all-around fitness and better quality of life for all of his members.  There is no one in the Richmond area that has the combined volleyball and fitness background that Chris Shaffer has.  I am in much better shape and a better athlete now than I was 10 years ago, and it is all because of Chris Shaffer and his program.  I wish I had the opportunity to train with him when I was playing volleyball in high school and college.  If you want to improve in your sport, don’t waste another minute.  I guarantee it will not only make you a better athlete and volleyball player, but you will see an overall improvement in your life when you are training with him.

Kasey Ogden
Assistant Coach
Atlee Girls Volleyball
State Champs 2013

Kevin Hoy

Chris Shaffer was my coach for five seasons during my high school/club volleyball career.  During this critical time in my development, Coach Shaffer helped me make significant improvements in every area of my game, especially my physical and mental conditioning.  Many people believe that conditioning is a one dimensional activity involving sprinting, jumping, etc.  In my opinion, nobody understands the mental and physical combination of volleyball specific training the way Shaffer does.  He is able to push players to new levels that they didn’t know/think that they could obtain.  I have seen him work with players of all ability levels, and he is always up to the challenge.  He has a wide range of knowledge that allows him to tailor workouts to any group of players.  As a coach now myself of nine years, I use Shaffer’s drills and exercises for my high school team in every practice.  I just wish I could remember them all!!  I highly endorse Chris Shaffer’s strength and conditioning program for your volleyball team.

Kevin Hoy
Glen Allen Boys volleyball coach

Carol Slusher

Chris is an excellent fitness trainer who worked with our national teams for a number of years.  He not only developed the strength, stamina and speed of our athletes… but also their performance, allowing them to discover their potential with new-found confidence.   His training program is intense, sport specific, and based on a team’s composition and needs.  He is well known for his results… and the recruitments to NCAA ball.  Chris is highly recommended for anyone who wants to excel, and an invaluable asset to any athlete, team or program.

Carol Slusher
Head Coach
RVC Boy’s 17s & 18s USAV National Teams

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