About Us

Our lives are devoted to the health and well being of your best friend.

Alex Rothacker, Bill Sztym and Michael Minik are the co-owners of StepAboveProteins.com and Armworks.com. Alex also co-owns Tops Kennel in Grayslake with his wife, Paula Rothacker. Alex and Paula have been training dogs for over 40 years, and they work with more than 80 police departments locally.

Alex trains trick and show dogs. Alex's dog, Swee’ Pea, was an aggressive dog that was 3 days away from being put down when Alex saved her from a pound. Swee’Pea holds 9 Guiness World Records and has been seen on shows such as David Letterman, The Tonight Show, Oprah, Regis and Kelly, Martha Stewart and Ripley's Believe it or Not to name just a few. She is almost 20 years old now, and Alex attributes her longevity to the exercise and nutrition routine he’s created for her. Swee'Pea has been taking Step Above Proteins gelatin supplements for over 18 years which has been key to maintaining the muscle she requires to stay healthy.

Alex has had a long passion for health, strength and longevity in humans as well as dogs. He has developed the Armworks Strength Training System, an innovative approach to weight training and health which includes taking the human Collagen Gelatin Protein Supplement, which he does daily. Alex is living proof that this system works as he continues to break World Records at age 61. According to Alex “I apply my knowledge of what I have learned with people to dogs, and dogs to people.”