18 Reviews on “Byron Johnston, SSC”

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  • Stefan

    Hands down the best coach in the world! He looks after his trainees, even when they’re not having a 1:1 meeting. He is very helpful and is always willing to answer questions. His philosophy is to create self-sufficient lifters by transferring his knowledge to his trainees. I would not have been this strong without him, both mentally and physically.

    1. Chris W

      Training with Byron was the best experience I’ve had with a strength coach. Byron was knowledgeable, diligent and easy to get on with. We spent a couple of hours correcting my form for the squat, deadlift and press 2.0, before briefly going through programming.

    2. Adam

      After following a Starting Strength linear progression and making some progress, I started to pick up injuries and lost confidence. I decided the only way I was going to allow myself to continue was if I got some professional coaching.

      Being from the UK, I realised Byron was my closest coach and although this meant a pretty substantial drive from Nottingham and back in the same day, I decided it was worth it considering all the good things I had heard. I was not disappointed!

      From first contact with Byron, everything was handled with professionalism. Having sent over videos of my lifts prior to the coaching session, Byron had already accumulated a list improvements before I had even set foot in the door. After going through each of the four main lifts, I was surprised at the number of errors I had been making, some of which would have been impossible for Byron to see, or communicate to me, had I not been there in person. During the session Byron filmed my lifts and made notes of things I need to work on, meaning I now have a record I can refer to at home.

      I now feel confident to progress with my training, and have a renewed sense of motivation. I’ll definitely be contacting Byron in the near future for further guidance and support.

  • Jonathon Hunter Hill

    I trained with Byron while I was recovering from having a bad back. Because of my poor form, I’d injured my back. Byron helped me to deadlift and squat without injuring myself, improving my form dramatically. Over time, my back pain went away. Thanks Byron!

  • Chris

    I started training with Byron to further my strength and conditioning for the mountain bike racing events I compete in. Byron helped me to review and better my technique for lifting. Byron also helped with scheduling my training, and my training around races and events. Amazing coach!

  • Adam Beedie

    Byron is an amazing coach for all our family.

    My wife and I wanted to begin a journey into strength training having read about healthy ageing but knew nothing about lifting weights. Both of us have participated in sports throughout our lives but focused on cardio fitness so knew nothing about strength training.

    Byron has opened our eyes to a new world of fitness and the benefits of strength training. We have found the journey enjoyable and have learned so much from Byron on the way
    He has an passion that is infectious as he encourages you along each step of the way. The results are incredible and have convinced all of us that this is a lifelong pursuit.

    Our teenage sons have become strength training converts and love the simplicity of the Starting Strength ethos. They can do their workouts and see massive benefits without spending hours in the gym like a lot of their friends. More importantly, the benefits they have seen in their other sports have shown them the importance of having the strength foundation.

    Byron connected with each of us in an engaging way and kept all of us motivated and engaged. He has a huge knowledge base but pitches it at the level of the client. He’s always available to help or to add and doesn’t limit his training to the weight room…he’s a real life coach who has changed our family dynamic for the better.

    Thanks Byron

    1. Ruth Carpenter

      What a great coach Byron is! Strength training with him has really opened my eyes to what an effective workout lifting weights is, particularly in midlife.

      As a 50 year old, busy Mum of three, I was often tired and lacked strength and stamina. I wanted to reverse that, lose some weight, build muscle and work towards being fit and strong going forward.

      Byron’s patience, personality and specific knowledge of the subject have set me well on the way to achieving those goals. After just three months I can really see the results both in the progression of the weights I am lifting and in the positive changes in my body.

      He sets a specific programme just for you, assessing your goals and nutritional needs, and along the way teaches you to be able to lift safely & effectively on your own. I can’t wait to see how I progress further. I would recommend him highly, thanks Byron!

  • MaryAnne Wiseman

    I just signed up with Byron a couple weeks ago, and he’s been so awesome helping me with so many aspects of my training and progression. His attention to detail and precision is exactly what I need. He has an enormous amount of knowledge, and one can see his passion for his clients’ success. It’s clear that he is also on his own path of health utilizing the SS method, which is a great testament to everything it stands for. I’m so thrilled that I found him, and I am excited to work with him in my process to transforming my strength, health, and fitness.

  • Katherine W

    Byron is an Amazing Coach! I live in the US so all our workouts are online. I can honestly say that through his talented coaching and incredible knowledge I am more physically fit than ever.
    I thought that working out with an ocean between us would be difficult but Byron takes the time to help me not only correct my lifts but understand the ” why” too. On top of being stronger, I have more energy and confidence as well. I live a very hands on life and being able to lift heavy weights correctly has carried over into my everyday tasks. I have tried many different forms of workouts, even other coaches but Byron is the best! Highly recommend to everyone.

  • David

    So I recently discovered Starting Strength, bought the book and app. I decided because I had been away from strength training for so long, that that I wanted to start over again with a one on one coaching session.

    Byron was great, explaining each lift with a demonstration, and then giving verbal instruction whilst attempting the exercise for the first time, then giving cues after that, until he and the student are happy with the form.

    I went away for my working weights for each exercise and got a good introduction into what program to start of with as a novice.

    He has loads of patience, always happy to answer questions, and re-explain an aspect of an exercise if you don’t think you quite have it correct.

    Highly recommended.

  • Aubrey Conradie

    I had an online session with Byron as I live in South Africa and I found him to be an excellent coach. He analysed all of my lifts, advised me on how to fix/improve them and even offered me programming advice. Additionally, he was very easy to talk to and he was happy to answer all of my questions.

  • Ian

    I’m a guy in his 50s who has been lifting a while but due to illnesses I had a long period away from the barbell last year. When I started again I had some real sticking points especially with the deadlift so organised a session with Byron.
    This was a great move!
    We met in the gym in Mayford & spent a couple of hours going over the lifts in detail. He demonstrated & worked on each lift with me to ensure I was getting the form correct (no surprise, I hadn’t been) & that I had the right reminders to help me lift better.
    He was also able to give some great advice on future planning & nutrition applying his deep appreciation & knowledge of every aspect of strength training.
    I’m already lifting better at home & I’ll plan to have more sessions with him in future to make sure I stay on track.
    I throughly recommend training with Byron.

  • David A

    I had a video call with Byron to go over my form and programming I’ve never had a coach but what a revelation. I wish I’d done this 10 years ago! Incredibly knowledgable and helpful.

  • Mark C

    Came all the way from Blackpool for a session with Byron. First of all really easy place to find and nice roomy gym that we had to ourselves for the whole session. At 6’7 I find things a little more difficult and I requested Byron to teach me as if I’ve never lifted before so covered all of the fundamentals. He was patient and encouraging and I was able to walk away feeling confident in starting my NLP with the ‘big four’.

    After covering the lifts we went through a section on programming tailored to me then finished with nutrition. I came away with lots of notes to refer to on my phone, a video of my best set for each of the lifts and the confidence to get stuck into the program. I’ll be checking in with Byron in the not too distant future and thoroughly recommend him no matter what your training needs are.

  • Robert Biddle

    I booked a session with Byron because I needed coaching in the power clean and bench press.
    In the 2 1/2 hour session, I managed to execute a half decent power clean. With the bench, it turned out that I had been gripping the bar too narrow ever since I started years ago.
    Byron gave me useful cues for these lifts, and also for the press. He took videos of the highlights and sent them to me for future reference.
    He also gave me good advice about elbow cuffs and shoulder mobility.
    I will definitely book him again.
    If you’re thinking about reaching out to a starting strength coach, don’t hesitate: contact Byron today!

  • Chris

    Great session! I asked Byron to help with longstanding lower back issues and to make me stronger and fitter now I’ve hit 40! He demonstrated proper technique and gave me a modified programme in the first instance until my back is stronger, and I wish I’d had this coaching years ago.

    Also, as a doctor (NHS consultant) I strongly recommend Byron and the StartingStrength programme as a simple and effective way to gain strength and for rehabilitation from injury.

  • Dave McK

    As a post-novice lifter who trains alone, I felt my squat was going off the rails a bit and my other lifts also needed checking. So I booked a session with Byron. He has a sharp coaching eye, plus the ability to communicate the necessary adjustments clearly and effectively. My squat was sorted quickly, and problems identified and solved with my press, bench and deadlift too. All this, combined with some great programming suggestions and nutrition tips, made the session with Byron the most productive couple of hours I have ever spent in a gym.

  • Steve Seymour

    I am a couple of months into my NLP and train in my home gym . 1st few weeks were fine but very soon I recognised I needed help. The SS videos online and the book helped but I wanted to see an actual SS coach. Luckily Byron Johnson who works out of a private gym in Guilford, UK is only an hour away from me. We met up in the gym and spent 3 hrs going over the squat, deadlift, press and bench press. His tips and ques were excellent, easy to understand and remember. He then kindly gave me programming advice for all the lifts for the next 3-6 months. We then went over nutrition and the importance of Protein intake. I really recommend looking him up and reaching out for a form check regardless of were you are as a lifter. It was well worth the money, has given me more confidence to push on and on top he is a great guy.

  • Chantelle Collins

    Byron and I started working together 3 months ago with the initial goal of learning how to do the compound lifts correctly so that I could replicate them in the gym – an environment where I was not the most comfortable. In this very short span of time, the results I’ve seen have been incredible. I have made exponential increases in my strength across all the lifts and am close to doubling my deadlift weight. Byron is very patient and has a holistic approach to training – accounting for many individual nuances, anticipating where roadblocks might come along to slow progress and adjusting the approach to navigate them. As a busy professional, I have an erratic schedule at times so I greatly appreciate the agility that Byron brings to his training approach.

    The biggest change for me, however, has been in my mindset. I have gone from being very unsure about what I’m doing in the gym to walking in with confidence and knowing exactly how to set myself up each session. I’ve gone from stressing out about counting calories and macros to tuning into my body and feeding it to fuel my progress in the gym.

    Byron holds you accountable, celebrates every milestone with you, and he’s pushed me beyond what I could have imagined possible when we first discussed my goals in our initial session. I highly recommend working with him if you want to completely change your perspective on strength training.

  • Caleb

    I contacted Byron as I was having problems with my deadlift. We met up and within a few minutes he had identified my problem and helped me fix it. We then went over the other lifts and again he pointed out errors I was making and how I could correct them. He also gave me advice on programming and nutrition, I was very happy with the whole experience and would highly recommend him. Normal, down to earth bloke too. Gym was also nice.

  • Robbie Mackenzie

    I travelled down from Scotland for a consultation with Byron. We covered all five of the main lifts as well as some additional time spent on programming and nutrition.

    Byron was extremely friendly and fun to work with. He gave me loads of fantastic cues and sorted out issues with all of my lifts. I’d highly recommend anyone make the trip to see Byron regardless of what stage of your strength journey.

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