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

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

Tony Stein, SSC
Head Coach

Tony Stein is a Starting Strength Coach based in Houston, TX. He enjoys working with people from a variety of backgrounds, skill levels, and age groups to improve their strength and quality of life. Tony earned his SSC in 2021. He began coaching professionally in 2017 and joined Starting Strength Houston when it opened in 2019. He graduated from UCLA in 2010 with a degree in biological anthropology. There he developed his interest in physiology and evolution. Tony enjoys spending his free time with his wife, Rebekah, and their darling sweet angel corgi, Walter.

Shelley Hancock, SSC

Shelley has applied SS to various populations in NYC at a Center for Preventative Medicine, ran a SS program in North Carolina for the last 5 years and has coached many SS and Olympic Weightlifting camps all over the East Coast. She has a Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training and Master’s of Science in Exercise Physiology from Midwestern State University. Her thesis on deadlift starting positions can be found in the International Journal of Exercise Science. Prior to being an SSC, Shelley was a collegiate Athletic Trainer and a former Ballerina for 20 years. Shelley is excited about relocating back to her home state of Texas with her husband (fellow SSC) Josh and their two dogs Loki and Mabel.

Jonathan Chung, SSC

John is a Coach at Starting Strength Houston. He has 15 years of experience training, competing, and training Muay Thai and Dutch Kickboxing. John is passionate about providing the benefits of strength training for those looking to improve their general health or athletic performance.


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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