EXCLUSIVE ONLINE COACHING
Starts at $279/mo
BLOC Exclusive Coaches have a minimum of five years’ strength coaching experience and a developed specialty including:
- Working with seniors
- In-season/off-season athletes
- Strength training for specific sports
- Training with injuries or disabilities
- Training around irregular schedules
- Deployed military
- Pre- and post-natal lifters
- Competitive lifters
- Advanced programming
Choose your coach or have one assigned to you who can meet your unique training needs.
If you aren’t sure which coach is the best fit for you, we can help. Our VP of Internal Relations will pair you with a coach based on a comprehensive questionnaire after you sign up.
FIND YOUR COACH
Perfect for: Training with injuries or disabilities • Strength training for specific sports • Advanced programming • Training around irregular schedules
Michael Burgos is a barbell coach with a one-of-a-kind background. To his knowledge, he is the only barbell strength professional with a background in occupational therapy. Even if others exist, Burgos is the only one to have earned an advanced certification in the practice of hand therapy (CHT). He is the only person – alive or dead, in the entirety of human existence – to have ever done this. Burgos’ occupational-hand therapy career was dedicated to outpatient orthopedics with a focus on skilled elbow-to-fingertip subspecialty rehabilitation.
OTs view their clients differently than other health professionals. They select intervention strategies and techniques to respond to the needs of the client as a whole rather than relying solely on established protocols and doctrine. OTs are fearless and willing to bend the rules to achieve a net positive outcome. Above all else, OTs are committed to customized service and individualization. They understand that progress is often non-linear when circumstances are not optimal.
Sadly, the faster a client recovers, the fewer charges can be made to their insurance company. Being a good therapist isn’t good for business. Unwilling to intentionally turn his clients into cash cows on administrator’s orders, Burgos left the therapy world voluntarily and joined Barbell Logic as a staff coach in 2018 to apply his caregiver and servant mindset to the barbell strength coaching profession.
In tandem with serving his coaching clients online, Burgos also pours into the next generation of coaches as an educator for the Coaching Academy. Having mastered the fundamentals of basic barbell training, digesting evidence and opinion contrary to his experience, and constantly being exposed to new ideas and novel strategies from his students, Burgos’ teaching experience has reshaped his approach to strength training completely. Further, many coaches under his tutelage have gone on to establish their own small businesses and coaching practices.
Burgos carries his OT attitude and teaching prowess into his barbell coaching career. In particular, Burgos excels with working with men who haven’t had success in barbell training – either on their own or with a skilled coach. He understands that the principles of basic barbell training, linear progression, and Minimum Effective Dose programming are potential tools to use, not the law to abide by.
He prides himself on the ability to impress determination and focus on men who have difficulty motivating themselves to do hard things through the therapeutic use of his expertise and quirky personality. Since 2014, he has worked with a variety of clients including busy small business owners, fellow professional strength and conditioning coaches, military personnel, first-responders, career and recreational martial artists, and blue-collar workforce members who want to be able to provide for their families past age 40.
When he’s not coaching, Burgos can be found studying foreign languages, practicing martial arts, reading, or playing video games with his perfect wife: a gal of hardy stock, and high quality.
Perfect for: Deployed military • Pre- and post-natal lifters • Competitive Lifters • Nutrition • Training around irregular schedules
Nikki Burman is a master at truly connecting with her clients. She identifies what it takes to drive a person to make incredible changes and goes above and beyond to support them in doing so. She specializes in working with those in the military, women pre- and postnatal, and people wanting to lose or gain weight. Nikki also has a knack for competitive lifters coaching many through state, regional and national meets and has coached multiple clients to set powerlifting state records.
For military clients, Nikki understands the unique fitness requirements for the different service branches. She has been privileged to coach service members—both deployed and at home—helping prepare them for physical fitness tests while maintaining their strength.
Through personal experience and working with a coach throughout her pregnancy, she can now relate to what women experience during pre- and postnatal life. She better understands how to guide them through their training, keeping them safe and strong.
Nikki started off her strength journey by going through her own transformation and losing 30 pounds. She understands the obstacles that are to be faced and what it takes to achieve the goal of a real body and lifestyle changes. That, with her experience in nutrition coaching, enables her to help her clients who have specific weight goals, whether it be losing or gaining.
Nikki is a certified Starting Strength Coach, Precision Nutrition certified and holds a B.S. in the Biological Sciences from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Perfect for: Nutrition • Aesthetic-based goals
Cameron is one of the beefiest coaches on the BLOC staff. He understands that many lifters not only want to BE strong, but to LOOK strongl.
Drawing from over a decade of training, and 5 years of barbell coaching, he specializes in helping clients get strong and look the part. He has gained over 70 muscular pounds in his own strength journey and knows that muscular bulk is much more than 3 or 4 days a week in the gym. It takes building the right dietary habits, culinary skills, and motivation to change one’s body and one’s life. Cameron specializes in teaching those skills, reinforcing the right habits and creating the program that not only helps his clients achieve their health and strength goals, but also LOOK strong while doing it.
Cameron’s clients work hard under his guidance and make incredible transformations.
He is a Starting Strength Coach and owner of Cox Barbell Club in Charleston, SC. He received his Bachelor’s degree from University of North Carolina at Wilmington in Recreation Management and has furthered his own education with continuing education courses in Biology, Anatomy & Physiology, and Kinesiology from Charleston Southern University.
Perfect for: Competitive Lifters • Advanced programming • Training around irregular schedules • In-season/off-season athletes • Strength training for specific sports
Andrew is our VP of Operations, acting Coaching Academy Director, and a Staff Coach.
Andrew has a diverse professional and athletic background and specializes in integrating strength training into a balanced life of work, family, and competition. He grew up playing multiple sports culminating in three varsity letters as the stroke seat of the Oregon State Men’s Rowing Team, a top ten crew in the country. He also earned Pac-10 First-Team All-Conference and All-Academic honors in 2001. As an adult, Andrew has primarily competed in Olympic weightlifting.
Having experience as both a competitive collegiate athlete as well as a working parent competing during the weekend, Andrew has a unique combination of both professional and personal expertise balancing family life, work, and training.
After completing a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering on an academic scholarship at Oregon State, Andrew served in the US Navy for six years as a Surface Warfare Officer with a specialty in nuclear power operations. Upon completing his military service, Andrew entered the corporate arena and worked as an operations leader and executive in the aerospace and electronics manufacturing industry for ten years. During that time, he completed a Masters in Engineering Management from Old Dominion University. Andrew joined Barbell Logic in 2016 as a staff coach and eventually joined the company in a full-time position in 2019.
After personally benefiting from strength training he is passionate about helping others along their strength journey. Andrew has been training for over 25 years and a professional barbell coach since 2011. He coaches clients from all walks of life: high school athletes, working professionals, and masters athletes that aim to stay healthy.
Perfect for: Training with injuries or disabilities • Pre- and post-natal lifters • Competitive lifters • Advanced programming
Bekah has set a high standard for coaches. As one of Barbell Logic’s most veteran coaches, she has become far more than just a master of correcting movement patterns, she is also a master at establishing strong relationships with her clients and is one of our more established educators in the Barbell Logic Academy.
Having worked as a Physical Therapy Assistant for fifteen years, she brings a high level of experience to the team and to her clients with an expert eye for recognizing movements that may be causing pain. Between that and her 6 years of experience as a strength coach, she has quite the arsenal for guiding lifters to work around pain or setbacks to continue to build strength.
After a collegiate soccer career, Bekah spent eight years coaching high school girls basketball. Her observations throughout her career as a therapist and as coach led her to the pursuit of strength training to ensure the reversal of both her client’s atrophy and her own. Bekah does this through highly individualized programming and communication to stay aligned on important goals and life factors. She is a Precision Nutrition Level 1 coach and has worked with many clients to achieve body composition changes.
Bekah has written for Barbell Logic and most enjoys spreading the message that “anyone can get stronger- and the investment is worth it.” A message she and fellow BLOC Staff Coach, Caleb Krieg preach at their gym Krieg Strength in State College, Pennsylvania. Bekah works with clients from age 12- 74, teaching barbell training to both couch potatoes, record-holding competitive powerlifters, and college athletes alike.
Current Lift PRs: Squat 265, Deadlift 340, Bench 205, Press 125, Power Clean 160
Anna Marie Oakes-Joudy
Perfect for: Pre- and post-natal lifters • Competitive lifters • Training with injuries or disabilities
Anna Marie knows a thing or two, or five, about incorporating strength into a busy and fulfilling life. She is a homeschooling mother of five (even pre-COVID), a competitive powerlifter in the USAPL, USAPL Washington State Referee, and Sole Owner and Operator of AM Strength in Tacoma, WA.
Anna Marie is an excellent guide for women who want to continue training while pregnant. She actually PR’d her deadlift while 32 weeks pregnant with her 5th child and trained the big lifts until the week her daughter was born. She was back to training again four weeks after her fastest, easiest, labor and delivery.
Coaching a lifter through postpartum training calls for a very special skill set and level of trust that Anna Marie takes pride in establishing. She is a resource for any question or obstacle that may arise during this phase of life.
Her expertise is not limited to pregnant and postpartum women, she has experience coaching people from all walks of life. From young athletes to people recovering from knee or shoulder surgery to busy parents and grandparents who just want to be able to play with their kids or grandkids.
As a mom and gym owner, she understands the real-life demands of being a provider and the strength that is required to truly be there for a family. And as a competitive lifter, she knows how to light the right fire in her clients when the time is right to push the limits.
Perfect for: Competitive Lifters • Advanced programming • Training around irregular schedules
Matt Reynolds has nearly 20 years of experience competing in strength sports and coaching barbell-based strength and conditioning. He first totaled “elite” in powerlifting in 2004, won his professional status in the sport of Strongman in 2006, and founded one of the strongest and largest pure-strength gyms in the country, STRONG Gym, (PowerliftingWatch Gym of the Year 2013 and 2014).
Matt’s strength articles have been widely published since 1999, and he has been interviewed by some of the world’s most popular podcasts, including Art of Manliness, Order of Man, Art of Charm, STRONG Life with Zach Even-Esh, Barbell Business, PT Prophet, and Power Athlete. He also has served as an adjunct professor for Exercise Science at Bryan University.
Matt founded and owns Barbell Logic; a company built to provide the highest quality online strength coaching and educational content in the industry, from the finest coaches on the planet, with unsurpassed customer service.
Matt also co-hosts the popular strength podcast, Barbell Logic, with fellow coach Scott Hambrick where they systematically and progressively walk through the journey of strength with their 150k+ listeners each month.
Perfect for: Nutrition • Training around irregular schedules • Pre- and post-natal lifters
Staci knows that sometimes we find ourselves living in a body we don’t feel proud of, created by habits that don’t genuinely make us happy. You KNOW that there is something better. Staci’s mission is to bridge this gap.
She is a coach who takes training to a deeper level than “lifting with barbells”. Her mission as a coach since 2012 has been to help people move confidently and find their strengths while addressing their weaknesses. And she utilizes efficient and effective programming and diet coaching that can be designed around a hectic life.
Staci spent most of her youth and early adulthood exercising, chasing after the elusive goal of being “fit” and “toned.” That journey took her from the cardio deck to the trails, and ultimately to the barbell. She most recently competed as a Masters lifter in raw powerlifting and has held NYS records in the Squat and Bench Press across several federations.
She believes that Barbell Training is the cornerstone of a productive strength and conditioning program for every body, creating the foundation upon which to build all other goals. As a certified Precision Nutrition Coach, this methodology extends to her diet coaching. It focuses on working with her clients to develop strategies, actions, and tools designed to teach them how to work toward their goals, rather than just telling them what to do. In that spirit, she developed the Barbell Logic Nutrition Club, with the end goal for our members to create automaticity surrounding their eating habits, no matter their ultimate goal.
Not only does Staci specialize in helping parents and busy professionals create a body they love to live in, but she is also passionate about working with pre and postpartum women to navigate the ever-changing demands placed on their bodies during pregnancy and beyond. She is a certified Pregnancy & Postpartum Athleticism Coach through Brianna Battles and is working to create a network of professionals to meet the strength needs of women throughout all the chapters of their lives, from puberty to the golden years. She also holds multiple certifications through NASM, and is a Strong First Level 1 Kettlebell Instructor.
Staci gives her clients what they need today to be better tomorrow.
Perfect for: Advanced programming • Training around irregular schedules • Competitive lifters
Karl has been coaching professionally since 2012, and has run camps and staffed seminars around the country. He currently coaches in-person clients at Chicago Strength and Conditioning.
Karl started lifting in high school with Nautilus machines. In college he did the “bro” lifts and got pretty good at the bench press. After college he went astray, exercising with various ineffective machines and even tried running. He was weak. When his son John was born, he discovered how weak he truly was, since carrying him around gave Karl debilitating back spasms. He discovered barbells and serious strength training in an attempt to cure his back problems. Since he started deadlifting in 2009, those problems have vanished. He wasn’t imbalanced or suffering from a pathology, he was just weak. Barbell training changed his life, and he wants to help other people get the same benefit.
Karl holds state records in 100% Raw Powerlifiting for Illinois in the bench press, squat, and total for his age and weight class. He currently holds national records in the Masters 110kg class in US Strengthlifting. His lifetime goal is to get a 600lb lift, either in squat or deadlift. So far he’s gotten to 592.5lbs.
Karl has a background in engineering and in the liberal arts, with two engineering degrees, a doctorate in philosophy, and a master’s degree in theology. He taught philosophy and humanities for twenty years at Benedictine University in Lisle, IL, but has since moved on to be full-time strength coach. He also works at Online Great Books running seminars on the great books.
He love teachings, but the best teaching he ever does is coaching people to get stronger.
Perfect for: Training around irregular schedules • Advanced programming • Competitive lifters • In-season/off-season athletes
Niki is our VP of Internal Relations and a Staff Coach.
With over a decade of coaching experience, Niki has gained invaluable experience coaching men and women from all training backgrounds, or lack thereof, who have diverse and important goals.
Prior to becoming a dedicated strength coach, she spent many hours chasing aesthetic and flighty goals. Constantly feeling unfulfilled and stuck, it was through dedicated barbell training that she started to fully appreciate the big picture or strength. Goals are now driven by true internal values and motivation, and she hopes to help her clients find the same feeling of fulfillment in their abilities.
Niki believes that through these basic barbell exercises, one is able to connect to something that brings tremendous value to his or her life in countless ways. Through the process of becoming stronger, her clients are rewarded with confidence, usefulness, youthfulness, and growth.
Niki competes in Powerlifting and Strengthlifting with personal bests of a 290lb Squat, 120lb Press, 200lb Bench, 430lb Deadlift and a 100lb Weighted Chin-up. She also practices jiu jitsu and loves to watch sunsets over the beach.
Perfect for: Strength training for specific sports •
Advanced programming • Training around irregular schedules
Adam Skillin has been an online coach with us since the very beginning in 2016, two years after earning a Starting Strength Coach credential. He has quite a background beyond barbell coaching, ranging from banking to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
In the early 2000’s Adam competed as an amateur MMA fighter, retiring with a 4-0 record. It was during his fighting career that he found his way to dedicated strength training. After earning his black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Adam’s focus shifted towards barbell training and coaching. All this while pursuing a successful career in the banking industry.
It was in 2018 that Adam left the banking race and committed full time to coaching. His personal experience in balancing strength training with BJJ and strength training with a busy professional life has made him an extremely effective and relatable coach. He is able to work closely with his clients and help them to strike the right balance between lifting, work, family and other athletic pursuits.
Adam occasionally competes in Powerlifting and Strength Lifting in the 75kg (165 lbs) weight class. His personal best gym lifts to date are 445 lbs Squat, 205 lbs Press, 300 lbs Bench Press, and 550 lbs Deadlift.
His focus as a coach is centered on guiding people through the process of becoming and staying strong in order to maximize quality of life as they age. He helps recreational and competitive athletes become stronger in order to improve their performance in a wide array of sports. Adam lives in Freehold, New Jersey with his wife and their dog, Tiberius, and he’s a sucker for a good (bad) “dad joke.”
Perfect for: Competitive lifters • Advanced programming • Strength training for specific sports
Jordan Stanton, owner of Stanton Strength and Next Level Barbell Studio, entered the world of strength coaching after having the pleasure of training alongside and being exposed to some of the strongest strength athletes in the nation. He has coached two APA world champions, three IPF world champions, and the two time Starting Strength Fall Classic female champion, all with innumerable state, national, and world records. Jordan began his strength journey with Starting Strength and continues to use its principles to the betterment of his clients.
After receiving his BSN degree from the University of Portland in 2009, Jordan has been a practicing intensive care nurse. He uses his extensive knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and medicine to the benefit of his clients.
Jordan has been involved in competitive basketball, football, bowling, triathlon, strongman, and powerlifting. Currently Jordan is a powerlifter with a 600lb squat, 405lb bench press, 650lb deadlift and a 260lb press.
Jordan, when not moving iron, can often be found on the jiu jitsu mats, the rock wall, and the local swimming pool. He enjoys hiking the great wilderness of the Pacific Northwest and is a self proclaimed video game nerd.