Joshua Dexheimer, M.S., CSCS, USAW, PES

Part-Time Faculty, Kinesiology

Joshua Dexheimer’s background consists of playing four years of baseball for PLNU as well as having coached at the high school and college level. He has research training in private industry for health and wellness devices at Higi Stayhealthy LLC and conducted his thesis on anti-gravity treadmill rehabilitation in knee replacement patients. Dexheimer is a strength and conditioning consultant and has expertise in exercise and strength and conditioning in athletes as well as clinical populations. PLNU's Department of Kinesiology is an educationally recognized program for strength and conditioning by the NSCA, where Dexheimer is program director. He has also taught kinesiology courses at Saint Katherine College in San Marcos and currently runs a health and wellness company called MetanoiaFit. Dexheimer has a passion for muscle physiology and will be focusing his dissertation on the effects of Ibuprofen on muscle hypertrophy with resistance training.


  • Ph.D., Health and Human Performance, Concordia University Chicago (in progress)
  • M.S., Biokinesiology, University of Southern California
  • B.A., Exercise Science, Point Loma Nazarene University

Courses Taught

  • Fitness Through Movement – PED 100
  • Praxis of Strength Training and Conditioning – EXS 370
  • Structural Kinesiology – KIN 325
  • Physiology of Exercise – KIN 340
  • Physiology of Exercise Lab – KIN 340L
  • Internship in Kinesiology – KIN 488
  • Applied Biomechanics – KIN 327
  • Research Project Seminar in Kinesiology – KIN 650
  • Directed Readings – KIN 660
  • Internship/Practicum in Kinesiology – KIN 688

Experience in Field

  • CSCS from the National Strength and Conditioning Association
  • PES from the National Academy of Sports Medicine
  • Level 1 Sports Performance Coach from USA Weightlifting
  • Research interests include: NSAID use and muscular adaptations to resistance training and exercise, nutritional supplementation to improve muscle recovery and performance, and general health benefits of exercise.

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Serves on the Youth Team at The Rock Church, San Diego

Dissertations, Presentations, and Publications

  • Anti-Gravity Treadmill Walking in Acute Rehabilitation of Total and Partial Knee Replacement Patients – ACSM Abstract