Get Real-Time Feedback On Your Lifts From Our World-Class Coaches 

The Starting Strength Coach Credential is the Most Advanced in the Industry

JD Thomason
Head Coach & Gym Owner

J.D. is a native of Black Forest, CO and a 21 year combat veteran in the U.S. Army. J.D. discovered Starting Strength in 2018 while deployed to Afghanistan, and as his strength increased the daily pain from several service-related injuries began to dissipate. Inspired by his personal experience with strength training, J.D. began coaching Soldiers and Officers across the Army as he traveled from assignment to assignment. In 2022,, J.D. decided to apply his passion for coaching and strength training to his retirement plan and began development of Starting Strength Colorado Springs. J.D. served as an apprentice coach at Starting Strength Orlando and worked as a staff coach at Starting Strength Denver prior to opening the Colorado Springs location. A lifelong athlete, J.D. still plays and coaches Ice Hockey in Colorado Springs.

Andrew Lopez

Andrew is a fitness enthusiast with a passion for helping others achieve their fitness goals. While studying at the University of North Texas, Andrew became a certified personal trainer. In 2022, Andrew discovered Starting Strength and quickly became enthralled as he personally experienced the life changing benefits of strength training. Andrew decided to change careers and become a Starting Strength Coach in 2022, apprenticing at Starting Strength Austin and working as a staff coach at Starting Strength Denver before moving to Colorado Springs to work at Starting Strength Colorado Springs as a full time coaching professional.


No More Wondering What To Do At The Gym

Your Coach Will Guide You

Learn what exercises to do and how many reps/sets you need
Know how long you have to rest between sets
Train with our world-class Coaches and get stronger faster, safer and more efficiently

No Gimmicks, No Fads, No Sales Desk

All You Need to Get Stronger and Nothing More

A Platform Reserved for You

No more waiting for equipment. Your personal training appointment includes a platform reservation with all of the equipment you need to perform the exercises that are prescribed for you.

Digital Logbook App

Unequivocal, numerical progress - tracked in your own digital logbook. Available exclusively to Starting Strength Gyms Members.

No Sales Desk

The gym is for training, not sales. We dislike the pushy-gym-sales-guy as much as you do.


Equipment Designed by the Creator of Starting Strength, Mark Rippetoe

Train With Our Custom Designed Equipment


There is no better tool for the job of getting stronger. Infinitely scalable. The elderly and de-trained may start with a broomstick. Some of our strongest trainees lift over 600lbs.

SS Power Rack

Each platform has a 600lb, bare steel, c-channel power rack. This is an indestructible piece of equipment. Multi-purpose, for anything and everything you need related to strength training.

SS Bench

Our red oak butcher-block bench is plain and perfectly designed, made 10” wide (versus 12”) to keep you honest on your bench setup.


Make Rapid, Measurable Progress, Guaranteed 

Regardless of Your Age or Fitness Level


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