I’m Ray Gillenwater, the Co-Founder of Starting Strength Gyms.

If you are brand new to barbell training, already started your Linear Progression, or have just finished, I can work with you to ensure you’re progressing as quickly as possible.

The first step is a detailed consultation so that I can fully understand your goals, availability, commitment level, and training environment.

Next, we’ll schedule your first workout to determine your current level of training advancement and to get a baseline of your current lifting technique.

From there, I will build a program based on your recovery capability (sex, sleep quantity/quality, nutrition, age, and health status), physical limitations (if any), and personal preferences.

Based on your specific situation, you’ll be lifting 2-4x per week, with 1-4 exercises per day. I’ll provide weekly programming and we’ll make adjustments as necessary to maximize progress and to ensure that your form is as close to perfect as possible. I’ll ask that you record one set from each of your lifts and submit them to me for review. Expect a detailed reply to each of your submissions within 48-hours, or before your next training session, whichever is sooner.

I enjoy working with committed, coach-able trainees that enjoy learning and making progress. If that’s you, send me an email, let’s schedule a phone call, and we’ll discuss all of the above in detail. Phone consults are free, so if you’re not in need of regular coaching and would like some general advice on your training, feel free to get in touch.

-Ray Gillenwater, SSC


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  1. Chris Paez
    Chris Paez
    June 24, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    I’ve been a life long martial artist in Muay Thai; and never have I thought I needed strength training until I met Ray. Ever since I started this training program it has given me the power/strength/confidence to really gain that competitive edge in Muay Thai. Not only that, but Starting Strength has given me a whole new outlook on the meaning of strength and the benefits it has not only for combat sports, but for life in general.

    Being a smaller person my striking game has always been as technical as can be. Having the better technique will always be more efficient as a smaller guy in the ring. I was always in a caloric deficit trying to cut an absurd amount of weight. I thought by increasing my food intake and adding barbell training will only make me slower. Boy was I wrong.

    Once I started incorporating Starting Strength and getting coached by Ray, my game has taken on a whole new level. My posterior chain (hip extensors) have gained so much control and strength that I have slowly changed my style to be more aggressive and comfortable being the one sitting in the pocket. I have noticed my power skyrocket in all forms of my striking including knees and feeling strong in the clinch. Ray has helped me gain a solid 10lbs of muscle mass which has moved me up a whole weight division, and win a IAMTF title of Western California for Wck Muay Thai. I can’t stress enough how much Ray has helped me get stronger and battle ready for competition. He really pays attention to detail and will find ways for you to understand the technique. I really recommend coaching by Ray as he is as passionate and technical as they come.

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