About Me

Hey there! Thanks for stopping by and getting to know me.

My name is Andres Vargas and I’m the owner and head coach of The Strength Cave.

If you’re serious about being the fittest version of yourself and learning what it takes to reach your peak in the gym and in life, then you’re in the right place!

You see, I wasn’t always the go-getter, fitness fanatic that I am today. In fact, I spent a large portion of my life slacking off, avoiding exercise, and eating a mostly fast food diet. All that these behaviors did for me was help me to pack on some serious pounds, jeopardize my health, and  lead me down the path of nearly flunking out of school…

But one day I realized that I’d had enough. The habits and lifestyle choices I was making were not acceptable. I knew I needed to change my ways and I dedicated myself to doing just that.

What I didn’t know is that those lifestyle changes would spark a burning passion that would lead me to dedicate myself to not only being the peak version of myself, but helping others do the same!

I began my transformation by losing 120 pounds and along the way I fell in love with pushing the limits of what my body could achieve. 

I competed in powerlifting meets, fitness competitions, and pushed myself to the limits of how much strength and muscle I could build. 

But then I learned the hard way that my strong work ethic could be a double-edged sword. Although I had all the right intentions, my lopsided training habits, and grind at all cost mentality lead me down a dark road of injury, health issues, and frustration.

This made me realize that working hard is only half the battle. In order to have remarkable AND sustainable results, I had to figure out how to work hard while also working efficiently. 

I got to work learning even more about proper training and nutrition so I could heal my body. But, I also did work on improving my habits and mentality so I could continue achieving my goals inside and outside of the gym. 

Balancing a stressful work/life schedule while crushing your fitness goals is not easy. I’ve figured out how to be a high achiever in all areas of life without sacrificing health or happiness and I can help you do the exact same thing. 

Naturally, my passion for fitness makes me a bit of a health and fitness nerd.  And that nerdiness compels me to learn as much as I can about nutrition, training, health, etc.

Over the years, I’ve racked up countless health and fitness certifications including being a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and Certified Sports Nutritionist (CISSN). I also completed B.S. and M.S. degrees in exercise and nutritional sciences from Arizona State University and the University of South Florida and even taught courses at both colleges.

And the learning continues to this day. Whether it be browsing through scientific journals, taking new courses, reading books, or attending seminars, I’m always looking to upgrade my knowledge base. 

My love of learning also translates into a love of teaching which makes coaching a natural fit. As your coach, I will mentor you and give you a road map to reach each and every goal you set your mind to. My goal is to work myself out of job by transferring as much of my knowledge into your brain as possible so that one day you can take the reigns and keep making progress even without me by your side!

Transforming myself from a lazy, obese kid into the athlete I am today wasn’t easy. It took years of hard work, guts, and consistent action to do so. Now, I draw on that experience to help people like you uncover your maximum potential.

As your coach, I will draw on the skills I’ve developed as a student, educator, and motivator to keep you on task and help you enjoy the fruits of your labor. 

If you’re willing to put in the work, we will hit every bench mark, crush every goal, and transform you into the peak version of yourself. But most importantly, I will help you do this while instilling the work ethic, habits, and knowledge you need to maintain your results and build upon them for years to come!

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Core Values

Honesty & Integrity
A trusting environment in which all parties can thrive.

Discipline & Diligence
Being willing to commit and trusting the process.

Constant Improvement
Never settling for less than you deserve. Always looking for ways to improve.

Leadership & Courage
Blazing your own trail and setting an example for those around you.

Curiosity & Open-Mindedness
Eager to learn and open to the opinion of others.