About Nick holds a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Hofstra University and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the New York Institute of Technology. Nick has been a Starting Strength Coach since 2012 and is a staff member at Starting Strength Training Camps and Seminars. Nick is also a mentor in the Starting Strength Coaches Prep Course and helps to moderate the Coaching Forum on the Starting Strength website.  As a competitive raw strength athlete, Nick’s competition best lifts include a 606 squat, 369 bench press, 700 deadlift, and 275 press. In weightlifting, Nick’s competition bests include a 137 kg snatch and 178 kg clean and jerk. Nick’s mission is to help people of all ages and abilities make themselves stronger. While the strategy of using barbells to accomplish this mission primarily focuses on physical strength, Nick’s mission applies to all domains of life.


Online Coaching Package: $199/month. Includes an initial 30 minute coaching call, weekly programming as well as interactions through TrueCoach, daily video review, and unlimited customization to help you accomplish your goals. This is for someone who wants a truly unique, comprehensive and dynamic approach to strength training. I will be your personal strength coach there with you every step of your journey!

Personal Phone Coaching for Strength:  $149/call. A personalized one on one phone consultation to help you with your training program.  In one hour, we will develop a list of solutions for whatever problems are holding you back in your training.  We may generate a few crucial tweaks to your existing program or do a complete overhaul of your program right there over the phone.  We will also talk about ways to tinker with your program in the future, depending on how you respond to training. Have a pen and paper ready and be prepared to take notes!


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17 Reviews

  1. Ray Gillenwater
    Ray Gillenwater
    June 21, 2019 at 8:48 pm Log in to reply.

    I’ve been with Nick for a week so far. He spent 50 minutes on the phone with me to make sure that he understood every relevant aspect of my training background, injuries, health concerns, and time constraints. He is very patient and thorough and so far his programming and coaching has been spot on. Thank you Nick! I’ve already referred friends and family.

  2. David Reading
    David Reading
    June 24, 2019 at 1:13 am Log in to reply.

    Nick does online coaching for me. I am an intermediate lifter on the early side of turning intermediate from novice. My programming is not too complex, but requires careful attention. I can say the following about Nick:

    – Supreme attention to detail. He notices the little things in the videos you send him after each workout (e.g. squat is an inch too high, there’s an inch or two of knee slide on the squat as you hit the hole, the bar is an inch too far forward on bench press when it hits the chest, the butt drops an inch and kicks the bar an inch forward on deadlift). You get the picture, he notices things the little things, focusing on the inches This is critical for the development of proficiency in an intermediate lifter
    – He’s a really nice guy. I met him in person on Long Island to train with him recently. Really down to Earth, fun to be around, has great advice, both on training as well as life. As they say, he’s good people
    – He responds in a timely fashion on my workouts, enabling me to have real-time feedback as I go
    – He has an ability to modify programming in a helpful way so that I can continue to progress
    – He has taught me how to be a more autonomous lifter. I now am better at watching my videos and putting myself in his shoes and looking for all those little things. He’s certainly the expert and I listen to him first and foremost, but I’m able to make modifications as I go because of the training he’s given me. Nick has helped me with how to use RPE. For example, if I’m having an off-day on press, I might drop the work set weight by 5 lb so I can hit my numbers. I didn’t know about RPE before training with him

    June 25, 2019 at 3:00 am Log in to reply.

    Nick gave me coaching one on one and it was the best sessions I have ever had. He’s the read deal and can explain it at the same time. It’s not often that you can find a great coach that is also gifted at the sport they are coaching. I can’t say enough good things about Nick for the help that he has give me!

  4. Alexandros Savva
    Alexandros Savva
    June 26, 2019 at 9:43 pm Log in to reply.

    Nicholas is a great friend, coach and mentor. He taught me how to do all the lifts when we were in PT school together. He cares about you as an individual and will help you no matter what. I highly recommend him.

  5. Adam Goldberg
    Adam Goldberg
    June 27, 2019 at 12:31 am Log in to reply.

    I’ve been training with Nick for about two years.
    I’ve never been stronger in my life! AND IT FEELS GREAT! Had chronic back pain – GONE! With Nick’s attention to detail, punctual feedback, and encouragement, I’ve made substantial gains in both form and strength. I never thought lifting would give me such a sense of fulfillment, but now I can’t live without it. Thanks, Nick!

  6. Elisha Graff
    Elisha Graff
    June 28, 2019 at 8:20 pm Log in to reply.

    Nick has been my coach for the past five years. Nick is an excellent coach. He has a great eye for form and is a master at providing just the right cues at just the right time to perfect the lifter’s technique. Nick is also a masterful programmer. He has really figured out a way to continue bumping my PRs in both intensity and volume with subtle tweaks to my training program. Above all, Nick is a super intelligent and really great guy. I highly recommend Nick to anyone who is serious about strength training.

  7. Pablo Valdes
    Pablo Valdes
    June 30, 2019 at 12:47 am Log in to reply.

    I started working with Nick to better prepare for a powerlifting meet about 3 months ago. I quickly realized that not only did my training benefit from Nick’s programming but also his attitude and willingness to help.

    He’s truly made a difference in my training and progress, and his experience and knowledge stands out right away. Any fault whether small or large, Nick makes it a point to correct it and make sure it is always implemented. I can personally attest that he truly cares about his clients and their progress. He’s also very knowledgeable as a Physical Therapist and this makes a huge difference when dealing with injuries and making tweaks to your programming.

    My only regret is I wish I could’ve started working with him years ago!!

  8. Joe Aryeh
    Joe Aryeh
    June 30, 2019 at 1:59 am Log in to reply.

    Ive been training with Nick for 4 years now and from day 1 all I have seen is progress. He has pulled me through rough times and injuries that if left on my own, I would’ve approached completely the wrong way. He has brought up my lifts to numbers that I would’ve laughed at before strength training. His passion for the sport keeps me engaged and interested and his knowledge is so vast that there’s not much more I can write to truly justify his abilities as a coach – you just have to try and see for yourself. He is an overall awesome guy and I can’t sing his praises enough.

  9. Jason Steinberg
    Jason Steinberg
    June 30, 2019 at 6:48 am Log in to reply.

    Nick has taught me everything I know about weight training. Since I started with Nick, I have completely transformed myself and I owe that all to Nick.

  10. Suri Fineberg
    Suri Fineberg
    June 30, 2019 at 3:34 pm Log in to reply.

    I have been working with Nick for about 4 years now. Nick is a fantastic coach and has an innate ability to find the right cues for each person for each lift. He is entirely focused on you during your session and does not get distracted. Nick really gets the mind body connection and how stress can effect your lifts. He understands injuries and not only gets you through them, but leaves you stronger as well. He is the whole package…..coach, physical therapist, making sure your mind is in a good place, and a really nice guy to boot.

    1. Denise Jacaruso
      Denise Jacaruso
      July 1, 2019 at 1:38 pm Log in to reply.

      I worked with Nick online through TrueCoach to regain my strength after injuring my lower back. After my injury I had alot of apprehension and decreased confidence about lifting again. His experience and knowledge as a Physical Therapist and Strength Coach guided me safely through my program. After sending him videos of my lifts he gave me feedback to correct my form so I could execute my lifts correctly. He was able to see any compensatory movements due to my weaknesses or sometimes fear from my injury and give me correction I could connect with. His individualized programming after my injury helped gave me my confidence back with barbell training. I would have not been able to regain strength without his exceptional programming.

  11. Chris Montano
    Chris Montano
    June 30, 2019 at 4:09 pm Log in to reply.

    if you ever wondered how strong you can be, Coach Nick can help you get there. Nick has fine tuned all of my lifts, he has helped improve my technique and set new prs. He has also help me get through aches and pains. Since working with him for over a year he’s helped me go from 160lb to 205lb. Anytime i’ve come to a sticking point he would tweak the program and manage my volume and i’d push past it.
    I’ve had a wonderful experience training with Nick and i’ll continue to train with him.

  12. Sim Saini
    Sim Saini
    June 30, 2019 at 4:24 pm Log in to reply.

    Choosing Nick to be your coach will be the best decision you make when it comes to your physical fitness. Nick is one of the most knowledgeable, caring, and qualified trainers you could ask for. Nick’s background of years of coaching combined with this Doctorate in Physical Therapy are the perfect tools to cater to any individual, no matter your impairments or goals. I personally went from never doing any barbell training to 3-4 times a week in an efficient and effective manner to increase my strength and overall exercise activities. Nick is as skilled as they come when it comes to fine tuning and modifying your techniques for the best results.

  13. Adam Pizow
    Adam Pizow
    June 30, 2019 at 8:13 pm Log in to reply.

    For years I have been continuing to refine my skills in not only performing but coaching the big 3 lifts to my own clients. Ever since I began training with Nick many of my faults slowly started to disappear. Nick did not only address my weaknesses, but he provides great coaching tips on how to coach other individuals with different bony anatomy. He continues to educate myself and others on what they need to improve on in a very simplistic manner. Nick simply has the best eye when it comes to all things powerlifting and weightlifting. No matter how much experience you may have lifting if you are looking to lose weight and finally get some serious “gains” look no further than Dr. Nick D’Agostino.

  14. Greg
    July 1, 2019 at 12:22 pm Log in to reply.

    NIck has been training me for about five years. I’m 44 years old and have never felt stronger. I started lifting and training at a young age. My father being a great athlete, triathlete and a bodybuilder. Started training me young at the age of 13. Throughout my life playing sports and training I have had a lot of injuries. Especially with my back. Nick Fix that. Teaching me ways to lift to strengthen my back. What I loved about training with NIck is he focused on my form, push me to get me a stronger and help me work Through injuries Ive got from playing sports. My back my legs my body has never felt stronger! What’s unique about Nick is that is truly passionate about training and he cares about The people he trains… he wants to see them do well and get stronger/ healthier. It’s not all business with him. Which is very refreshing. If you get the opportunity to train with him take it I promise you won’t regret it! Thanks Nick for all you do!

  15. Mina Azer
    Mina Azer
    July 2, 2019 at 2:40 am Log in to reply.

    With extensive experience in coaching, competitions and a Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy, Nick is the best coach you could ask for and I highly recommend him. Nick is knowledgeable, pleasant, patient, and motivating. He is willing to spend the time to give detailed pointers and point out risky behaviors. Feeling out of shape after years of postgraduate study, I wanted to get in shape and increase my strength. So I started training with Nick and absolutely loved each of my training sessions. Nick was thorough during assessment and our first session, so he could identify my strengths/weaknesses and make an individualized plan. I am glad that I have found Nick and I wish I had started training with him many years ago.

  16. Eric J Mazza
    Eric J Mazza
    July 4, 2019 at 5:13 pm Log in to reply.

    Simply put, Nick is a fantastic coach. As someone who has played competitive sports at a fairly high level, I’ve had my fair share of both good and bad coaches. Nick has all of the key qualities that make a top tier coach. You can tell that he has a passion for strength training after talking to him just once; it’s something he loves. Another key attribute is integrity. He will never mail it in. If you make a mistake, he’ll let you know while still being funny, kind, and approachable. It’s comforting to know that you have a coach who is there to make you lift stronger and safer, not one who will inflate your ego. Nick is also a great communicator. He breaks down complex concepts and explains them in a simple, easy to understand way. Although Nick is an experienced, elite lifter, he always sees things from his athlete’s perspective no matter what level they are. He understands because he, in his years of lifting, competing, and schooling, has seen or experienced it. Nick has tweaked my programming to push past plateaus and keep reaching new PRs. Nick is a great coach and all around great person. I couldn’t see myself working with anyone else.

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