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Amanda is a SSC based in the Denver Metro Area and currently coaches out of the Starting Strength Denver location. She is originally from the Chicagoland area, and started her strength coaching career at the collegiate level from 2013 through 2019. She decided on strength and conditioning after spending 4 years as a starter for the softball team at Northern Illinois University. She spent her first two years as a graduate assistant in the weight room at NIU. After that she accepted her first assistant position at Sacramento State where she worked for SSC Jared Nessland, and alongside Tom DiStasio, SSC, for two years. That is where she was introduced and exposed to the Starting Strength Method and books which she continued to use with her athletes in the collegiate setting. In 2017, she moved to accept the position of Olympic Director of Sports Performance at her alma mater where she spent another two and a half years.

She has been coaching at SS Denver since its opening in January 2020. She has experience both personally training and coaching Olympic Weightlifting and Sports performance (Speed-Agility-Conditioning). As well as experience coaching a wide range of age demographics and abilities.
 

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4 Reviews

  1. Ryan Adams
    Ryan Adams
    December 19, 2020 at 5:23 pm

    Amanda has done a fantastic job coaching and programming; she pays close attention to flaws in your training to make sure you are becoming as strong as you can with each workout.

  2. Jim Clair
    Jim Clair
    December 22, 2020 at 7:12 pm

    I’ve been a competitive athlete since I’ve been a kid. I started serious training when I was 17. Needless to say, I’ve worked with a lot of coaches. Amanda is easily one of the best coaches I’ve ever had. Her honest approach, dedication, and knowledge made a world of difference with my body. At age 40, I’ve packed on 35 pounds of mass. Something I didn’t think possible. All my nagging ski injuries have cleared up. Amanda has made the workouts addictive, focused, and fun. Again, I’ve worked with top sports trainers, and top bodybuilding trainers, Amanda blows them away.

  3. Pawan Nelson
    Pawan Nelson
    January 1, 2021 at 5:59 pm

    Amanda is an excellent strength coach. I’ve worked with her for about a year now (both online and in person), and I’ve been blown away by the results. Her programming choices, cues, and advice have gotten me stronger than I’ve ever been. Highly recommended.

  4. Katelynn Barbosa
    Katelynn Barbosa
    February 2, 2021 at 4:38 pm

    Amanda is the best of the best! I have been working online with Amanda for four months and worked with her in person for three months at SS Denver prior to that. I have been pregnant the entire time and I am currently working with Amanda exclusively online as a 33 weeks pregnant woman.

    I believe she is the best of the best and I have been lifting for seven years and worked with several SSCs. My opinion is pretty commonly held among clients who consistently work with her. Amanda knows everything one can know about proper form, anthropometry, mechanics, etc and can find any form fault in any given lift in one session but I think that pretty much anyone with an SSC is capable of all of this. That’s the beauty of the SSC credential. They don’t give it to just anyone.

    What distinguishes Amanda is her approach and demeanor. She is a hardass and expects a lot without being negative or making you feel bad about yourself. She doesn’t let you get away with poor form, missing sessions, trying to go light on weight, or doing something lame like wearing a belt while lifting 60%. But she is also supportive, believes you can do it, and celebrates your achievements. She genuinely cares about clients and invests in your success. This is a much harder quality to find in an SSC than something who knows all of the moment arms and squat mechanics. I know the concept of nocebo isn’t popular in the starting strength community but I believe in it and I have never seen Amanda be a nocebo. She is the opposite of that, positive but also holds you accountable.

    I cannot recommend her more highly for either in-person or online coaching. She is great with all clients, pregnant, new, experienced, superstar young dude, and old person trying to get strong alike (she has also coached my 73 year old mom who loves her).

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