We caught up with coach and Chief Memeologist for Starting Strength, Pete Troupos. Pete recently appeared on the Barbell Logic podcast as well, Episode #103.

What is your background and when did you become a Starting Strength Coach?

I became a SSC in 2016. Prior to coaching I spent 20 years in retail management, living and working all over the country.


What made you decide to become a coach?

The book [Starting Strength] made complete sense when I read it at first, and I had heard about the rigor around earning the SSC credential.  The more I learned and interacted with SSC’s the more I wanted to attempt going down the path of becoming a coach and see if I could do it.


You organize Starting Strength lifting camps across the country. What is a lifting camp and why would someone want to attend?
A camp is great if you’re looking to learn one lift or get a form tune-up at a fraction of the price of a seminar. We have a little bit of lecture on either side of the practical portion that is similar to what you’d hear at the seminar, then we spend most of the time coaching the lifts. If you’re on the fence about attending a seminar, finding a camp to attend can help you make up your mind. We do see a lot of people that are excited about their experience at the camp go ahead and sign up for a full seminar.


Tell us about the gym and facility you coach out of. Where can people find you?

I’ll be moving to Maryland, outside of DC, in the near future and I don’t have a facility lined up as of yet.


What is your favorite lift and why? What’s your PR?

The Jefferson lift. My PR has been getting 20 people to laugh at once while I performed it.


Do you have a favorite quote (about lifting or life in general)?

“You’ll get nothing and like it!”  – Judge Elihu Smails



Coach Pete performs a classic Jefferson deadlift.


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