CJ McFarland joined the LSU Football program in 2021 after spending 6 years at Onnit Gym in Austin, Texas, where he served as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach.
While at Onnit he trained athletes of all levels. He is mostly recognized for his time spent training NFL athletes, including: Earl Thomas, Davon House, Jordan Hicks, Alex Okafor, Caden Sterns, Jermaine Eluemunor, Durham Smythe, Cole Beasley, and Baker Mayfield.
In his first off-season training Mayfield, he helped him drop 8 percent body fat, add four pounds of muscle, and significantly increase strength and power metrics overall. This transformation allowed Mayfield to have one of his most dominant professional seasons, leading the browns to their first playoff victory in almost two decades.
McFarland interned with Texas State University’s football program (2017-2018). He also spent time coaching in the NFL during training camp and pre-season internships with the Cincinnati Bengals (2018) and Carolina Panthers (2019).
McFarland is certified through the National Strength & Conditioning Association as a Certified Strength & Conditioning Coach. He also holds the FRC master specialist and Body Tempering certifications.
McFarland was raised by former Marine Corps Drill Instructors Mac and Jane McFarland in South, Texas. He lives in Baton Rouge, La., with his wife Megan and two dogs, Tuxedo and Stormy.