In this 255th podcast episode of Dave Tate's Table Talk, Travis McKinney takes a seat.

Travis McKinney is a 28-year-old powerlifter, primarily in the 220-pound multiply division. Travis holds a Bachelor's Degree in Dietetics with a minor in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point, and a Master's Degree in Food and Nutritional Sciences from the University of Wisconsin - Stout. He is the Head Coach for a high school powerlifting team with 50 athletes. Travis has 12 years in the Army Reserves, is a Drill Sergeant, Master Fitness Trainer (updated: H2F-I), and has achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant. He scored 584 out of 600 points on the Army Combat Fitness Test. Travis works as a life insurance broker in Appleton and is a proud owner of a seven-pound Yorkshire Terrier named Remie.


  • Currently sponsored by Overkill Strength Equipment
  • WPO 2nd place, 2022 + 2023
  • WPO Record squat, benchpress, total at 220lbs
  • 1113 squat, ATWR and heaviest 5x Bodyweight Squat
  • 777lb Benchpress, 810 at 242
  • 771lb Deadlift
  • 2662 Total
  • 2022 APF Nationals Best Lifter
  • 5x Arnold Sports Festival Competitor
  • XPC Arnold 2020 Raw 2nd place 220lb
  • XPC Arnold 2017 Multiply Winner 198lb
  • IPF Worlds 2013, 2nd place, 2nd Best Lifter
  • IPF Sub Junior World Record Benchpress - 501lbs at 205lbs [Former]
  • USAPL 3x Highschool National Benchpress Records
  • USAPL 4x Highschool National Podium Finishes 
  • Spartan Race Trifecta Completionist (5k, 10k, 21k races)

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About the Host

Dave Tate is the founder and co-owner of He is the author of twenty books and has logged more than 40,000 hours of training and consulting. Dave is married to elitefts co-owner Traci Arnold-Tate, and they reside in London, Ohio, with their two sons. Personal Credo: Live, Learn, Pass on™.

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