Starting Strength Certified since 2014. Brooklyn born and raised, Ryan started his career in the strength training industry with the 6-month intensive Master Course at the Focus Personal Training Institute in NYC, where he first learned the Starting Strength model of lifting. He graduated at the top of his class and was immediately hired as a Strength Coach at Focus Integrated Fitness, where he began assisting new students in the barbell lifts at the weekly Focus Barbell Club. He served as a mentor for new trainers and hired interns at Focus. Ryan has competed in multiple powerlifting and USSF meets, currently practices Krav Maga, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and works with clients of all ages, fitness levels and goals because he believes strength is crucial to life. Ryan is currently located in Portland Oregon and works at Next Level Barbell


$140 a month. I ask for two months down, then payments are month to month.

This price includes:

Form check analysis and feedback for work sets from session to session.

Customized programming tailored to lifters goals.

Open line of communication for any questions/ concerns/ needs.

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3 Reviews

  1. Jason Saar
    Jason Saar
    January 20, 2020 at 10:52 pm

    Ryan started providing me coaching in November and I’ve made more progress in the gym over the last few months than I have in years. As of now he’s taken my squat from 185x3x5 to 315x3x5, something that I never would’ve been able to do on my own. I highly recommend Ryan as a coach.

  2. Mark B
    Mark B
    January 23, 2020 at 8:23 pm

    Ryan’s a great coach. He provides awesome excellent feedback on form reviews. I’m always amazed at how much helpful instruction he can provide from form checking videos. He uses TrueCoach which is a great site, and has a Slack channel for quick and easy communication/questions. For those that like it, he’s recently started doing form reviews where he records himself commenting on form while watching your videos. I think it’s great and better than just the written reviews. It’s a rep by rep critique and a chance to see your lift through the coach’s eyes. All that and week to week programming updates.
    To put it simply, for what Ryan charges and how much help/instruction he provides there is no better value in online coaching out there.

  3. Jeremiah E
    Jeremiah E
    January 24, 2020 at 5:24 pm

    I have been working with Ryan in person training sessions and now online coaching for the last 2 years. I would say his “attention to detail” is his strong attribute for coaching. He focuses on proper lifting technique and this is helpful in preventing and working through injuries that inevitably come to all of us. He is prompt responses and feed back is invaluable to my training. If you are new to lifting; I recommend seeing him at Next Level Barbell in person for the first few months; but if you are an advanced lifting then his online coaching is going to be helpful. Ryan is cheerful positive and up beat. I have enjoyed working with him and will continue to do so.

    On a less serious note: When it comes to beards; he is no Allen Thrall. I think this should be a standard of all starting strength coaches, minimum beard length to be set to 4 inches. The alternative being a respectable Rippetoe goatee in place of the classic Thrall beard.

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