Jared Nessland is a Starting Strength Coach based in Denver, Colorado and the new Head Coach at Starting Strength Denver.  Originally from Havre, Montana, Nessland attended Montana State University where he competed as a thrower on the Track and Field team. Nessland has been coaching and programming training at the Division I level for the past 20 years.  He most recently was the Head Strength Coach at Sacramento State, while previously serving as the Head Strength Coach at Southern Illinois University, the University of Montana, and the University of North Dakota.  He is one of only 208 Master Strength and Conditioning Coaches (MSCC) in the country through the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCa). Nessland received his SSC certification in 2013, has been a member of the Seminar staff, and uses the SS method with all his athletes (300+ athletes weekly) at Sacramento State.  He also held the USAW and CSCS certifications from 1999 – 2007. Nessland has previously competed in Olympic Lifting and Powerlifting, and is currently a competitive Open level racquetball player.


**Online Barbell Coaching, Sports Perfomance Coaching (Barbell Coaching + Speed, Agility, Conditioning), Monthly Programming, Technique Checks available. 

**Contact nessstrengthcoach@gmail.com for further details.

Military and First Responder discounts available. 


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17 Reviews

  1. Justine
    July 25, 2019 at 5:33 pm

    Coach Ness really takes his time to make a program work for individual athletes. He’s there to push us while making us the best person we can individually be out in the field or courts. Not only does he makes us stronger physically but he also in a way develops our mental strength too when it comes to weightlifting and making us lift weights some of us couldn’t think we could in years.

  2. Charizma Guzman
    Charizma Guzman
    July 25, 2019 at 5:36 pm

    Coach Jared Nessland is an exceptional strength coach. He is very educated on what it takes to support a team in strength conditioning and nutrition in order to get them ready for competition.

  3. Maesyn Rix
    Maesyn Rix
    July 25, 2019 at 5:36 pm

    Through dedication and commitment to his athletes, Coach Ness has helped lay a foundation built upon hard work, technique, and persistency. Personally, my lifting programs with Coach Ness has been the best experience thus far in my athletic career. I accredit Coach for my steady improvement both in the weight room and on the court. He has helped me find my limits, where I thought I could not exceed, and then push them beyond my expectations. He dedicates an unbelievable amount of time and effort into each of his athletes to ensure that everyone is taking steps towards being quicker, stronger, and explosive. I look forward to the next 3 years of hard work with Coach Ness!!!

  4. Malcolm
    July 25, 2019 at 5:41 pm

    Coach Ness is a phenomenal strength and conditioning coach! He took a scrawny 190 lbs kid and turned him into one of the strongest athletes in the entire football team. Every single workout that he provides is intentional and has a purpose.

  5. Ashtin Olin
    Ashtin Olin
    July 25, 2019 at 5:43 pm

    Ness has been my volleyball team’s trainer for about a year now and he would often coach us before too. He’s a great coach, form and a good relationship with his athletes are important to him. He does a great job teaching not only experienced but inexperienced athletes when it comes to lifting as well. He often takes his time to especially watch the freshman as they lift to make sure they are doing everything right as to prevent injury. He pushes us to be not only stronger physically but mentally as well!

  6. Kyle Peterson
    Kyle Peterson
    July 25, 2019 at 6:20 pm

    Awesome coach!

  7. Kyle Peterson
    Kyle Peterson
    July 25, 2019 at 6:34 pm

    Cosch Ness work really well with all sorts of athletes, is incredibly knowledgable, and taught me a lot about the strength and conditioning profession! He helped our throwers at Sac State reach new levels!

  8. Sarah Abney
    Sarah Abney
    July 25, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    Over the past year of working with Coach Ness I have gained knowledge on correct lifting techniques along with the importance of taking care of my body. He has helped me develop most of my strength back after suffering a knee injury. He builds relationships with his athletes which is what I appreciate the most. He is the best strength coach I have encountered in my athletic career.

  9. Ruben
    July 26, 2019 at 4:08 am

    Coach Nessland is a knowledgeable and passionate strength coach. His teaching skills and programming have arguably had the biggest impact in my development as an athlete. Coach Nessland helped me recover from two lower back injuries when our athletic training staff became stagnant with treatment. He also ensures that novice lifters are learning the correct techniques to ensure maximum growth while minimizing injuries. He is, hands down, the best strength coach I have had the pleasure of learning from.

  10. Maranne Johnson
    Maranne Johnson
    July 26, 2019 at 5:43 pm

    Coach Ness is a wonderful and very hardworking strength coach. He is very motivating and makes sure his athletes are receiving the best coaching techniques as possible. As a coach, he is always uplifting his athletes to push themselves to surpass their limits. As one of his former athletes, I was able to reach my maximum squat weight as well as my bench press with the help of Coach Ness. I personally believe I would not have been able to accomplish such a high goal if it weren’t for him. He is one of the best strength coaches I’ve ever had and because of him, I am able to attack my weight lifting with confidence! Thank you Coach Ness !!

  11. Katie Vretzos
    Katie Vretzos
    July 29, 2019 at 3:16 am

    An awesome coach! Super motivating and pushes you to your limits.

  12. Tiana Johnson
    Tiana Johnson
    July 29, 2019 at 3:25 am

    Coach Ness has done an exceptional job training and educating myself and my team on weightlifting and speed training. Two years training with him my all around strength has grown incredibly. His specific workout plans are designed to allow any athlete to grow and reach their goals. He is motivating and encouraging while he also pushes you to go harder. Coach Ness has been great to work with!

  13. Milee
    July 29, 2019 at 3:29 am

    I came to Coach Ness with very, very minimal lifting experience. Because of him and the dedication he shows towards all of his athletes, I have been able to learn proper techniques and have seen personal improvements. Coach Ness takes the proper amount of time to instruct and ensure his athletes safety. He is a great motivator and has built a great relationship with me and all the athletes he works with.

  14. Margaret H.
    Margaret H.
    July 29, 2019 at 3:36 am

    Coach Ness was my strength and conditioning coach from 2012-2017 while I played basketball for Sacramento State. He’s an extremely knowledgable coach who really cares about his athletes. Coach Ness has taught me techniques and a work ethic that I will use for the rest of my life! I’m very lucky to have had him as my coach.

  15. Summer Menke
    Summer Menke
    July 29, 2019 at 8:33 am

    Coach ness is hands down one of the best weight coaches I have had throughout my entire athletic career. He is very knowledgeable when it comes to weight lifting and improving athlete’s abilities to better oneself for his or her sport. His training techniques have improved my game on the court. I am much stronger, faster, and aware of my surroundings while playing; this is thanks to Coach Ness. Above all of this, Jared is one of those coaches to whom you will never forget. He makes connections with his athletes and its easy to tell that he loves what he does. This makes it even more enjoyable to do work in the weight room, nonetheless with Coach Jared Nessland.

  16. Josh Malino
    Josh Malino
    June 30, 2020 at 9:10 pm

    Jared has been invaluable in aiding the development of my 15 year old son. He clearly lays out the SS program, tailors it to my son’s needs, and provides clear, valuable feedback after each session. Working remotely has not restricted my son’s growth at all. My son has made amazing gains in strength and size in just over 3 months of work. Jared has also provide tips on diet and sleep that have helped my son as well. I would highly recommend Jared to anyone looking to get stronger with safe, injury preventive techniques. Jared is also exceptional for teenagers with his calm, reinforcing approach. We feel very lucky to have the opportunity to work with Jared on the SS program.

  17. David Takaki
    David Takaki
    July 30, 2020 at 5:12 pm

    Coach Jared is top notch. He knows his weight training and how to get the most out of you. He is helpful, accommodating to your schedule, and patient when life happens. His critical eye catches everything on the videos, and he responds quickly so you get the technique corrections before your next session. When I got through NLP, we moved to another phase, and then a few more phases over the almost 8 months of online coaching. He works with you to help you reach your goals. My squat went from 260 to 345, press from 125 to 185, bench from 180 to 245, DL from 260 to 355. Not bad for a fluffy 53 year old. I highly recommend Coach Jared to anyone interested in getting stronger.

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