Why a Starting Strength Coach

Starting Strength Coaches (SSC's) are experts in barbell training. To become an SSC a person must demonstrate the ability to coach basic barbell lifts (squat, bench press, deadlift, overhead press, power clean) to the Starting Strength model in real time while being evaluated by a select group of staff coaches. The candidate must also demonstrate proficiency in the performance of the same movements.

Those who demonstrate ability to coach the movements must also pass oral and written exams which further tests their knowledge, experience, and ability to apply the Model.

Most do not pass the examination process. The pass rate is approximately 15%, making the Starting Strength Certification the most rigorous in the industry.


To date there are approximately 150 SSC's worldwide.


Hiring an SSC means you are getting the best coach to guide you through training. There are no gimmicks or fads with an SSC. They use a logical, well thought out method to get you to your goal. SSC's simplify the learning process dramatically compressing the time it takes to become proficient in the movements.