Tom DiStasio has been a Starting Strength Coach since 2013. He is currently based out of Baltimore, Maryland and is the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach at Morgan State University. At the beginning his journey in the strength profession, Tom studied Biology and Nutrition at Cornell University and went on to get his Master’s degree in Exercise Science from Southern Illinois University. Working in gyms from Syracuse to Sacramento, Tom has made stops all over the country. Over his fifteen year career, he has developed a multifaceted approach to his training methodology. Tom has coached a wide variety of clients throughout his tenure, from weekend warriors to international medalists. Rooted in Starting Strength methodology, Tom offers a wide variety of training options for those interested. Along with being an ardent advocate and disciple of Starting Strength, Tom carries the following certifications:

-Starting Strength Coach

-Strength & Conditioning Coach Certified – Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coaches Association

-Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist – National Strength & Conditioning Association

-USA Weightlifting National Coach (Level I & II)

-USA Track & Field Academy Strength & Conditioning Specialist

-Precision Nutrition Level I Coach

-Power Athlete HQ Level I Graduate

-ALTIS Foundation & Performance Therapy Graduate 



Tom specializes in the realm of training for athletic performance and carries expertise in preparation for team sports, Olympic Weightlifting, Powerlifting, Strength Lifting, and general fitness. He offers coaching to clients across the entire spectrum of barbell training. From the rank novice, to the elite competitor, Tom provides individually tailored programming to all levels of trainees. His online coaching includes for three areas of concentration:

Strength: Individually tailored programs based upon barbell training and strength/power development. Includes short and long term programming with form critique, goal-setting, and directed regimens for contest/meet prep or off-season training.

Speed, Agility, & Conditioning: Coordinated planning for on-field/court work to enhance athletic development alongside strength programming. Specific movement planning is personalized to fit sporting demands, current cycle of strength training, and areas of concentration. Geared toward the athlete looking to bridge the gap between the barbell and the playing field.

Nutrition: Consultation on nutritional principles /strategies to allow for optimal performance. Advice on food choices, nutrient timing, supplements, and recovery tactics to enhance training benefits while aiding in attaining body composition goals. This includes instruction for meet prep, game day hydration, and quick tips for success.



Packages are broken down into five options:

1. Strength Programming – $49 / month

-Individualized programming to support training goals for developing strength and power with tailored programs are emailed out in four week intervals

*Monthly adjustments based on training response and desired outcomes

2. Strength + Speed, Agility, & Conditioning Programming – $79 / month

-Individualized strength + speed/agility/conditioning programming with new -programs emailed out in four week intervals. All programming is designed to ensure coordinated approach between strength training and on-field/court work

*Monthly adjustments based on training response and desired outcomes

3. Strength Coaching – $119 / month

-Initial consultation call (video/phone)

-Individualized adaptive strength programming with new programs emailed out in two to four week intervals

*Weekly adjustments based on training response and desired outcomes

-Form critique via video analysis on major barbell movements

-Meet/contest preparation strategies and game-day performance tactics

-Post-meet/contest breakdown and analysis

4. Strength + Speed, Agility, & Conditioning Coaching – $149 / month

-Initial consultation call (video/phone)

-Individualized adaptive strength + speed/agility/conditioning programming with new -programs emailed out in two to four week intervals. All programming is designed to ensure coordinated approach between strength training and on-field/court work

*Weekly adjustments based on training response and desired outcomes

-Form critique via video analysis on major barbell and on-field/court movements

-Meet/contest preparation strategies and game-day performance tactics

-Post-meet/contest breakdown and analysis

5. Strength + Speed, Agility, & Conditioning + Nutrition Coaching – $169 / month

-Initial consultation call (video/phone)

-Individualized adaptive strength + speed/agility/conditioning programming with new programs emailed out in two to four week intervals. All programming is designed to ensure coordinated approach between strength training, on-field/court work, and supporting nutritional plans throughout

*Weekly adjustments based on training response and desired outcomes

-Form critique via video analysis on major barbell and on-field/court movements

-Nutritional alterations to support body composition goals and performance needs

-Meet/contest preparation strategies and game-day performance tactics

-Post-meet/contest breakdown and analysis


Contact for inquiries on online coaching.


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20 Reviews

  1. Nicholas Benjamin
    Nicholas Benjamin
    June 23, 2019 at 4:45 pm Reply

    Highly recommended!
    I worked with Tom for about 6 months before he moved to Maryland. He is an excellent SSC and pushed me hard through my NLP. Tom is very patient, knowledgeable, and experienced. He helped me immensely in dealing with an adductor injury. With his coaching I was able to make continuous progress. I continue to train and make progress.

  2. Erik N
    Erik N
    June 23, 2019 at 9:19 pm Reply

    I worked with Tom as a new lifter. Tom was very knowledgable to help me learn the technique correctly to prevent injury and drive progress. I would highly recommend him based on the 3-4 months of training I did with him.

  3. Sean Pippin
    Sean Pippin
    June 24, 2019 at 5:53 pm Reply

    I worked with Tom for 3 months before he moved out of the area. He was my first experience with a SSC and I was extremely satisfied with the training/programming. Tom was great to chat with about SS and lifting while getting coaching and I always felt like I was in good hands. He was able to coach me through LP and I highly recommend him as a coach.

  4. Marta
    June 25, 2019 at 12:07 am Reply

    Tom is very knowledgeable about this program, and gave my husband and me clear guidance to keep us from injuring ourselves, which was my primary goal. He also had a great approach for meeting us where we were (very little experience) and taking us where we wanted to go (increasing strength). If you are considering a coach, Tom’s a great choice!

  5. Ruowei Yang
    Ruowei Yang
    June 25, 2019 at 1:39 am Reply

    Tom is a very patient, knowledgeable and easygoing coach. He would truly listen to you and cater to your goals and needs. He is a passionate advocate for the SS program and I felt confident about my movements after training with him. It was a pity that I was moving out of Maryland after a couple months, otherwise I’d definitely continue training with him.

  6. Dale Stimson
    Dale Stimson
    June 25, 2019 at 2:40 am Reply

    My interest in the Starting Strength program led me to find Tom via the SS web site. I started with Tom at age 62, and trained with him for several years (until he left Sacramento area). I appreciated Tom’s expert guidance as he helped me learn the SS program, conform to proper lifting technique, and to become stronger. Tom is very good at coaching for proper form, observing well, giving helpful and effective correction, and programming for strength gain. Tom is exceptionally knowledgeable and inspires confidence. Always friendly and helpful. Shares his knowledge.

  7. Jake Baker
    Jake Baker
    June 27, 2019 at 6:37 pm Reply

    Tom was my first Olympic weightlifting coach, and he coached me for about two years. During that time, he helped me dramatically improve my weightlifting technique, but more importantly helped me improve my strength. Tom has an eye for identifying the weaknesses which hold an athlete back, as well as the skill to provide structure and programming to address those weaknesses. While working with Tom, I found myself constantly improving several aspects of my training; from absolute strength, to efficiency, stability and durability, Tom’s guidance was paramount in my athletic career. He carries a wealth of knowledge and experience which he directly applies to ensure the most comprehensive coaching for his athletes. Tom is professional, knowledgeable, and above all, an exceptional coach.

  8. Nathan Davis
    Nathan Davis
    June 28, 2019 at 12:52 am Reply

    I worked with Tom regularly from 2016-2018 to learn the proper execution of the Olympic lifts, to master the other four core lifts, and for programming. Tom is an excellent coach who gives direct, clear feedback and will quickly respond to your messages and lift videos. He can also adapt the training to people with medical limitations without straying from the core Starting Strength philosophy. As an example, I had aortic valve replacement in 2012 and began following the Starting Strength methodology in 2015 because the other things I tried did not work to get my body strong again. I attended the Starting Strength seminar in California in Feb 16 and originally met Tom there. My one on one coaching (after novice linear progression) was tailored to my limitations. Also, and importantly, he is a good person.

  9. Cecily Basques
    Cecily Basques
    June 28, 2019 at 6:55 pm Reply

    Tom is an exceptionally knowledgable weightlifting and strength training coach. He helped drastically improve my technique and build overall strength as I grew into an elite level olympic weightlifter. His carefully thought out programming improved my strength in all lifts, improved my stability, mental toughness, helped with injury prevention, and improved my body composition. As I also received nutrition guidance from Tom, I was able to successfully build strength while dropping 5kg in body weight for optimal performance. Tom has the experience and knowledge to help many different types of athletes reach their goals, whether it is sport specific or general strength building. Tom has an outstanding coaching eye and passion for what he does. He is professional and a great person to work with! Seriously… look no further for a great coach!!!

  10. Mary Peck
    Mary Peck
    June 30, 2019 at 5:23 pm Reply

    I first started working with Tom in 2012 while I was a gymnast at Sacramento State. During that time, he not only helped build my overall strength, but he helped prepared me for what was one of my most successful seasons in the sport. Tom continued to coach me as I made the transition into Olympic Weightlifting. With Tom’s individualized and carefully thought out programming, I was able to build a tremendous amount of strength in a short amount of time. I became the 2016 National Champion and had the opportunity to compete at the 2016 Olympic Trials and at various International competitions where I broke two American University Records. Tom is exceptionally knowledgeable and is a wonderful person to work with! Whether you are looking to improve at your sport or are just looking to build general strength, Tom is your guy. He can do it all!

  11. Cord Dennig
    Cord Dennig
    June 30, 2019 at 11:31 pm Reply

    Tom is an incredibly talented coach, a great motivator and very supportive. I am an older trainee who had never really squatted before working with Tom. I started training once a week with Tom a few months before my 40th birthday. Despite “suboptimal” conditions (I can only lift on the weekends) and my age, Tom had me squatting over 400 pounds within a few months.
    I thought my best lifting years were behind me. Tom proved otherwise. I still use the techniques that he taught me every time I lift, and I’ve gotten even stronger. I couldn’t ask for a better coach. Thanks, Tom!

    -Cord Dennig

  12. Wade A
    Wade A
    July 1, 2019 at 6:52 pm Reply

    Over the years, I have had the chance to work with many strength and conditioning coaches at various gyms across the country. I competed as a powerlifter at the collegiate level, earning various state records, and have competed at the national stage. Tom is, and continues to be, one of the most knowledgeable and passionate coaches I have had the opportunity to work with. It was through Tom’s guidance that I was able to see a noticeable increase in my overall numbers, and it was Tom that I trusted to get me back to a competitive level after a series of surgeries kept me away from the gym for a few months. You won’t find a better coach to help you achieve whatever fitness goals you may have. It was an honor to have worked with Tom and I hope to do so again in the future.

  13. Matt U.
    Matt U.
    July 13, 2019 at 2:35 pm Reply

    I worked with Tom regularly from 2016-2019 to learn the proper execution of the Olympic lifts, to master my core lifts, for critique, and for programming. Tom is very easy to work with and gives direct, clear feedback and will quickly respond to your messages and lift videos. Toms also a great person!
    Matt U

  14. Marc Seitz
    Marc Seitz
    July 20, 2019 at 8:43 pm Reply

    Absolutely fantastic knowledge and depth of experience. I worked with Tom to get started on a new lifting program and make sure I was on the right track. He reviewed the proper techniques across all of my core lifts that have prevented many injuries that typically plague new lifters. His depth of experience was readily apparent during my barrage of questions on what programs to pursue, what to eat, the role equipment plays, and many more. Tom takes the time to understand your goals and priorities which immediately makes your valuable time more efficient and effective. Even as I move forward in my program, I will routinely come back to seek Tom’s advice and ensure I’m lifting safely and effectively. Many thanks Tom.

  15. Cody Demps
    Cody Demps
    July 21, 2019 at 3:20 am Reply

    Had the privilege to be trained by Tom for a couple years during my college days. Definitely can attribute my increase in my performance to the work we put both in strength and conditioning. I highly recommend him for anyone trying to increase their power or speed.

  16. Blake H.
    Blake H.
    August 1, 2019 at 12:31 am Reply

    Tom was my strength and conditioning coach and had the privilege of working out with him for a few years post college. The amount of knowledge and attention to detail Tom shows is incredible. He has a true love and passion for the craft and thoroughly enjoys teaching. It was a pleasure being able to get 1 on 1 and group instruction from Tom. I still use many of his techniques and workout programs to this day. I highly recommend working with Tom for athletes/lifters/enthusiast with any level of experience.

  17. Steve Brannon
    Steve Brannon
    August 28, 2019 at 12:20 am Reply

    Tommy worked with me for about a year before moving back to the East Coast. He’s an excellent coach! I still lift on my own and can hear him each time I come up from a squat,: “Hip drive!”. He’s very motivational, knows his stuff, is reliable and flexible when it comes to scheduling and an all around great guy to work with. Highly recommended.

  18. Graham Boulton
    Graham Boulton
    November 11, 2019 at 1:33 am Reply

    I had read the books and was doing the program on my own with success. I assumed that I would benefit from some coaching in regards to form especially with the squat. I contacted Tom for some coaching. I was blown away. Tom is clearly knowledgeable on not only the lifts but on what it takes to be a motivating coach. I had received some coaching from CrossFit trainers before but Tom was definitely on another level. His knowledge of not only the how but the why in regards to the lifts was head and shoulders above any trainer I had ever talked to. He also strikes in my opinion the perfect balance between friendliness and ‘lets get down to business’ always with the goal of getting you stronger. By far the best coach/trainer I have ever worked with. If you need some help with your lifts or want to take your strength game to the next level-contact Tom. You will not be disappointed.

  19. Alexander Chism
    Alexander Chism
    June 19, 2020 at 6:35 pm Reply

    I first found the Starting Strength program in 2016 when I was researching how best to get back into strength training. I knew form would be very important, especially while bearing a barbell with a heavy load. I found Tom was a local trainer, and saw he worked for Sacramento State, which made me feel very comfortable reaching out to him to get started.

    I’m very happy I did. I ended up meeting him to train in a simple garage gym setup, which was very nice because it was private, and I didn’t feel out of place. It also made me feel like training was much more accessible. I even have my own garage setup now and have done away with my gym membership.

    Tom is a very friendly guy. Very down to earth, and completely willing to work with whatever goals you have, and whatever timeline. His coaching was also very affordable. I saw him every 2 weeks to make sure my form remained correct as I quickly ramped up the weights. Training was quick, easy, and fun.

    If Tom hadn’t moved away from my area, I’d definitely still train with him. Since then I’ve managed on my own, but I wouldn’t hesitate to see him again if he came back. 100% recommend giving him a shot.

  20. Suhaib
    October 17, 2020 at 5:14 pm Reply

    Went over starting strength workouts and programming with Tom, great coach who made my form better and was patient throughout the process. Look no further for a coach than here.

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