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To train with STK Sports is to train with Mel Stocker, a world class athlete who spent nine years in professional baseball, reaching the Major Leagues for the Brewers. Having his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology (the science of human movement) with an emphasis in Exercise Science at Arizona State University, Mel decided to turn to his passion of training the next generation of athletes. He started as a trainer for a gym, then began training independently and worked hard to open his own training facility, STK Sports in Panama City, Florida. After much success there, he has moved his brand and facility to Des Moines to be closer to family and train with the hard-working youth of Des Moines, Iowa and the Midwest. 

Mel has trained with athletes long enough now that his pupils have reached Division 1, 2 & 3 in all varieties of collegiate sports and the Major Leagues.

His expertise is in biomechanics, motor learning and development of the human body, as well as the prevention and care of athletic injuries. He is well versed in core training, cross-fit, TRX, and other modalities of training as well as their philosophies and overall practices. Mel has been a NSCA-certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist since 2009. 

Mel will undoubtedly make his pupils stronger, faster, more flexible, and have better fundamentals, but he is also very keen on teaching the psychology of what it is to be a successful athlete. Positivity, leadership, and determination make all the difference in sports, and Mel has the intellect to challenge his pupils to develop the mental attributes of their sports' repertoire.


His goal for his athletes is to give them the tools that will make them better at whatever sport they are working on, to the point that they are self-sufficient. In other words, Mel teaches his athletes training that they can do on their own for the rest of their lives. You won't find that in too many other trainers. 

Reach out to Mel today about reaching the next level in your sport.