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.

 I also offer live virtual coaching. I charge $90 an hour for individually purchased sessions. If you purchase a 4 pack of sessions the price reduces to $85 a session.

Online + Live virtual coaching combo:

2 video critiques per week, programming, 1 live 1 hour session a week, and an open line of communication for any questions/concerns you may have. for $400 a month. This covers your 3 day split for each week.


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    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.

    4. Andrew Thiessen
      Andrew Thiessen
      April 4, 2020 at 2:53 pm

      I’ve been training with Ryan online for 4 and a half months now. Before working with him, I kept injuring my back, resetting the weight, and crawling back up, only to repeat the whole Sisyphean process. It was disheartening to say the least.

      Enter Coach Ryan. Ryan immediately honed in on the form issues holding me back in all the lifts. Squats were especially ugly, and the lift where I kept getting hurt, but in the 4 months under Ryan’s expertise I’ve already exceeded my lifetime squat PR, and continue to make progress.

      Ryan’s style is quick and to the point. He records his screen as he watches my lifts, talking over them and cueing in “real time” (or as close as it gets online). This is a great help to me because I get to see what he sees and develop my own eye for the issues he points out. Then I’m better able to diagnose and correct my form during my workouts, as I review video from the previous set.

      I really appreciate Ryan’s balance of openness and professionalism. He doesn’t waste time when he breaks down videos. He gives you what you need to focus on and doesn’t mince words, but he’s there for you if you have questions or if something isn’t working for you.

      All said, Ryan has renewed my passion for training. His coaching has helped me break through what I had unconsciously accepted as absolute limits. Now, I have no idea where the progress will slow down—and even when it does, I have confidence Ryan will know how to adjust in order to keep trucking. It’s the difference between hitting your head against a wall and actually seeing hard work pay off. It’s a hopeful place to be, and I’m grateful to have a coach like Ryan in my corner making it possible.

    5. Gideon Arom
      Gideon Arom
      April 6, 2020 at 11:23 pm

      I’ve had the pleasure of working with Ryan both in person and then online when I moved out of state. In both settings, Ryan is just awesome to work with. The thing that stands out about Ryan is that he’s really paying attention to everything. He noticed even the smallest imperfections in my form and calls them out every session until they’re gone. Ryan is also really skilled at programming – he can really intuit when it’s time to adjust things. Last year sprained my AC joint so I had to be careful when lifting but Ryan changed my program so I could still get strong while it healed. All in all, I can’t recommend him enough.

    6. Bennett Bushman
      Bennett Bushman
      October 6, 2020 at 6:15 pm

      As an intermediate lifter who never had any coaching, programming consisted of a lot of guesswork. Ryan found several issues with my program and gave me some great solutions. He also offered some solid critiques on my 4 lifts. Clearly he is very knowledgeable about strength and how to develop it. Looking forward to implementing this information into my training. Highly recommend

    7. Michael
      November 1, 2020 at 6:02 pm

      Ryan was a pleasure to work with. I had him coach me for about 4 months virtually as I was ramping up on my SS NLP program and working on my basic lifts. My lifts are now double what they were when I started, and with much improved technique. Well worth the time invested and money spent!

    8. Antonio Maldonado
      Antonio Maldonado
      November 1, 2020 at 7:38 pm

      Working with Ryan has been my first experience with online coaching. It has been incredibly beneficial, allowing me to advance my lifts further than just viewing form videos online and trying to program on my own. He does a good job of explaining the small details that are incorrect with my lifts, offering good cues to remedy the problems. While my lifts have a long way to go, I have been able to make steady progress that I would not have been able to make on my own with the help of Ryan.

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