As a scientist by training, I take an individualized, evidence-based approach to coaching. Every person is different in their fitness goals and their biology. With a research background in orthopedics and metabolism I have a keen appreciation for how age, sex, body size, and medical history can impact health and fitness.

I offer coaching in strength, conditioning, and nutrition (as well as hybrids of those as needed). Whether you are an athlete looking to increase performance or just trying to live a healthier life, my first-hand experience and ongoing immersion in scientific literature enables me to offer you a unique training experience.

My online coaching services generally run in 1-month blocks with programming administered through the TrueCoach platform. Form checks and lifting commentary is given for all workouts. For more details on my coaching services and pricing, feel free to visit my website ( or drop me an email. I would be more than happy to discuss the specifics of your training needs via email or a video call.


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4 Reviews

  1. Igor Litvak
    Igor Litvak
    December 4, 2020 at 8:44 pm

    Hayden is one of the best coaches I’ve ever had. He has incredible expertise in all things strength and athleticism and has a great coaching demeanor. If you ACTUALLY want to get strong and fit, Hayden will show you the way.

  2. Jeff Mazar
    Jeff Mazar
    December 5, 2020 at 5:52 pm

    Hayden has been coaching me for about a year and a half now. Because of a medical condition I had lost a lot of weight and was looking to gain it back in a healthy way. In my opinion it has been wildly successful. I’m in the best shape of my life at a healthy weight and Hayden has been terrific at adapting to whatever comes up. Seeing myself progress has been a blast and I hope to keep it up as long as I can.

  3. Nathan Mielke
    Nathan Mielke
    December 6, 2020 at 9:55 am

    All starting strength coaches are highly qualified to help you reach your goals but Dr. Courtland stood out to me because of his scientific background. He has a giant list of various certifications and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences – Orthopedics. I am glad I chose him because he is an incredible coach. He always responds on time and helps answer all my questions. He’s extremely knowledgeable and has helped me work through various nagging pains and issues that inevitably occur in life. He’s helped me improve my technique and programming which allowed me to hit a lifetime PR of a 500lb squat! Hire Dr. Courtland as your coach….you won’t regret it.

  4. Kim Tolksdorf
    Kim Tolksdorf
    December 6, 2020 at 2:40 pm

    I began training with Hayden at the end of 2017, and I have been evangelizing to everyone I know ever since! He is truly a master at what he does.

    My background: I am a former professional dancer, and I had very limited experience with strength training and barbell work prior to meeting Hayden. With his coaching, I completed my first Linear Progression. My goals were to gain strength in all of the main lifts in order to develop a greater baseline of strength that would ultimately transfer to other activities that I wanted to do (like Crossfit). Once I began training with him, though, I found a new passion in lifting, and it is now my primary focus! The progress I made was extremely satisfying, and Hayden’s detailed, responsive feedback ensured that I developed proper and consistent technique. I can honestly say that working with Hayden also completely altered my mindset toward fitness in general. As a woman, I had previously been scared of gaining weight and muscle mass — and now, I am proud of what my body can do, and I feel empowered by my training. I encourage all athletes, men AND women, to work with Hayden!

    There are many things that set Hayden apart from other trainers:
    1. His knowledge and expertise is extensive. He understands the body extremely well, and he can analyze the nuances of each individual and adjust his programming accordingly.
    2. His cues are detailed and always spot-on. You will never receive ambiguous cues or question whether or not you are doing something right.
    3. He puts forth his full effort into his work with his clients.

    I wish you the best of luck in your training, and I can attest that you can put your full trust in Hayden as a coach.

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