About Us


Working Athlete® is committed to improving health and performance of companies through nutritional hydration and education.


Working Athlete specializes in unique, scientifically validated product formulations addressing the need for quality health and physical conditioning for the working athlete before, during and after the strenuous workday so every second spent during work and every moment after, is experienced to the fullest.


Mark Paulsen founded Working Athlete® based on one simple question, “Why hasn’t the science of mainstream sports nutrition been applied to the specific needs of the outdoor/industrial athlete?” Mr. Paulsen answered his own question by launching Wilderness Athlete® and Working Athlete® for those who wear camo, hard hats and steel-toed boots. He did so to address their unique physical demands because there are no commercial timeouts for the wilderness and working athletes.

“Coach P”, as he is often referred to in the sports world, began his athletic career at the University of Kansas as a discus thrower and captain of the Jayhawk’s Big Eight Championship track team.  In his senior year, Mark decided to walk on to the Jayhawk football team and earned a scholarship. After completing his college career, Mark signed with the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League.

Mark began his career of developing high-level athletes under well-respected strength and conditioning coach, Mike Clark, at the University of Kansas.  Mark then joined the University of South Carolina, where he furthered his career under another well-known name in strength and conditioning, Keith Kephart. In 1985, Mark began his head coaching career at Long Beach State University where he served for two years before becoming the Strength and Conditioning Coach at the University of New Mexico. Mark finished his career with the Lobo’s as the University Director of Athletic Performance from 1987 to 2012.

Mark holds a Bachelors degree in Exercise Science from the University of Kansas and pursued his Masters degree in Nutrition from the University of South Carolina.  Mark is avid hunter and outdoorsman and can often be found in the New Mexico back country.  Mark is married and has four wonderful children.  Mark and his wife also started the collegiate chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at the University of New Mexico in 1987.


Working Athlete is committed to delivering the highest quality products and first-rate customer satisfaction. Possessing over 100 years of combined experience in nutrition, manufacturing, product formulations, we excel at formulating unique, scientifically validated, and field tested products designed to help every working athlete maximize performance before, during and after the toughest work environments.

Our policy of precise quality standards and state-of-the-art manufacturing sets Working Athlete products far apart from the competition. Our products are manufactured exclusively in the United States in NSF- certified manufacturing facilities that adhere to stringent quality guidelines and GMPs, giving you the assurance that every product you purchase from us is safe and complies with the highest established quality standards.

Our manufacturing regimen begins with sourcing of every ingredient from the best and most reputable suppliers around the world and ends with laboratory testing of each finished product for potency and hygiene. This process ensures every Working Athlete product is results driven and consistently conforms to its intended use. This is the Working Athlete advantage!