Karl Schudt

Starting Strength Coach

I became a Starting Strength Coach in 2012 and have been on staff for the seminars since 2014. I’ve held camps in the Chicago area and coach at Chicago Strength and Conditioning.

I started lifting in high school with Nautilus machines. In college I did the “bro” lifts and got pretty good at the bench press. After college I went astray, exercising with various ineffective machines and even tried running. I was weak. When my son John was born, I discovered how weak I was, since carrying him around gave me debilitating back spasms. I discovered Starting Strength in an attempt to cure my back problems. Since I started deadlifting in 2009, those problems have vanished. I wasn’t imbalanced or suffering from a pathology, I was just weak. Barbell training changed my life, and I want to help other people get the same benefit.

I hold state records in Illinois in the bench press, squat, and total for my age and weight class. My best lifts are 585lb squat, 456lb bench press, 562lb deadlift, and 270lb press.
I have a background in engineering and in the liberal arts, with two engineering degrees, a doctorate in philosophy, and a master’s degree in theology. I teach philosophy at Benedictine University in Lisle, IL. I love teaching, but the best teaching I ever do is coaching people to get stronger.

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