Connor King

Connor discovered Starting Strength while researching safe and effective training programs for his high school athletes. He began interning at The Strength Co. while enrolled in the Starting Strength Coaches Development Course before earning his Starting Strength Credential in the fall of 2019.

Connor is a high school special education teacher with a background in coaching athletics and strength and conditioning. He has a bachelor’s degree in Health Science and has a Master’s in Coaching and Exercise Sciences. He enjoys working with athletes of all levels and ages.

Brad Muhlenkamp

Brad was introduced to strength training in high school and quickly understood strength’s influence on sports performance while lettering in football, wrestling, and track-and-field. Brad discovered Starting Strength in 2013 while serving in the United States Marine Corps. Self-taught from the Blue Book and the Starting Strength Radio podcast, Brad attempted to make progress on his own while dealing with multiple deployments, beginning a career as a first responder, and playing tackle football in a travel league.

Realizing he needed professional coaching from a Starting Strength Coach, Brad joined The Strength Co. in 2023 and not only got much stronger, but became inspired to become a Starting Strength Coach.

Brad received his Starting Strength Credential in May of 2024.

Jeff Hairston

Coach Jeff is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt and instructor at the renown Art of Jiu Jitsu Academy in Costa Mesa, CA. While looking for a way to become bigger and stronger to improve his jiu jitsu game, he found the book Starting Strength.

He loved barbell training from day one, and has never looked back. He has gained 40 lbs of body weight, vastly improved his strength, and has seen a significant carryover to his jiu jitsu game. Because of his background in coaching Brazilian jiu jitsu, Jeff picked up on the details of barbell training quickly and immediately started developing his coaching eye. He received his Starting Strength Coach Certification in the fall of 2019.

Dylan Cherin

Dylan is one of our proudest success stories here at The Strength Co. After battling several serious health issues and coming off of chemotherapy, Dylan was looking for a way to rebuild his health when he discovered Starting Strength. Dylan started training in January of 2017 with an empty barbell (45lbs) and nine months later was squatting and deadlifting over 400lbs, with improved body composition.

After witnessing first hand how strength training changed his own life, Dylan decided to dedicate himself to coaching in order to help other trainees achieve their genetic potential. Dylan completed the Starting Strength Seminar in January of 2018.

Check out Dylan’s full story on YouTube.

Andrew Hahn

Andrew discovered Starting Strength in 2014 as he was looking for a way to strengthen his back and protect himself from injury. After coaching himself for four years, he joined The Strength Co. in April of 2018.

A long time high school basketball coach, Andrew understood the importance of coaching, and how much immediate feedback can improve ones performance. A believer in the importance of strength for lifters of all ages, Andrew attended the Starting Strength Seminar in June of 2018 before beginning to intern at The Strength Co. Andrew is a mechanical engineer by trade, and lives locally with his wife.

Ron Mitchell

Ron started barbell training looking for a way to increase his general strength. A fitness enthusiast his entire life, he made the decision to really get stronger. The logic and effectiveness of barbell weight training really appealed to him.

When Ron began resistance training utilizing the Starting Strength method at The Strength Co., he was hooked. As his own strength drastically improved, Ron became passionate about coaching others to get strong, particularly older adults.

With a previous career in the software industry, when Ron’s not in the gym he’s out in nature either climbing mountains or photographing surfing dogs.

Here’s a link to his photography website which include some of his work at The Strength Co.

Grant Broggi

Grant served as an Active Duty Marine for over eight years and is now a Major in the Select Marine Corps Reserve, drilling out of Fort Dix, New Jersey. He has been utilizing and coaching the Starting Strength method since 2013 and received his Starting Strength Coach’s Credential after attending a seminar in January 2016.Grant is the owner of The Strength Co., a company that manufactures Olympic plates in the USA. He also operates a Starting Strength affiliate gym in Costa Mesa, California. He resides in Greenville, South Carolina, where he is available for coaching.

Read more about Grant here. 

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