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

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

Brandon Brendel
Head Coach and Owner

Brandon entered the fitness industry in 2002 as a personal trainer at a big box gym in St. Louis. He moved to Los Angeles for 10 years to pursue acting in Hollywood then returned to St. Louis to raise his children. He restarted personal training. After program hopping and experimenting, Brandon felt something was missing from his clients’ training.
When he found Starting Strength, he was blown away by the simplicity of the program and the scientific depth of the material. Brandon started his own Novice Linear Progression, quickly experiencing strength gains he hadn’t found in previous training programs. He began coaching the Starting Strength method with clients and immediately saw them benefiting from the training.
His trainees experienced noticeable improvements in everyday life from getting stronger, found motivation in seeing the weight on the bar going up, and felt successful focusing on just the main lifts. Brandon is excited to be opening Starting Strength St. Louis and helping more people improve their lives through strength.


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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