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20 Reviews on “Grant Broggi, Captain/USMC, SSC”

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  • Ray Gillenwater

    Grant and I met before I was an SSC. I hired him to help with a few of my clients – to ensure I was applying the Starting Strength model correctly. We later worked together and he helped me further develop my coaching eye and cueing skills.

    He is a skilled and experienced coach and has made hundreds of people strong – both in the gym and in the Marine Corps.

  • Capt Nolan Hickey, USMC

    In early September 2014, I walked into the 1st Platoon, Tango Battery office as a “boot” 2ndLt ready to start my career as an artillery officer. It was the first time I met 1stLt Grant Broggi.

    Grant is a larger than life personality who is passionate about coaching and getting people strong – especially his Marines.

    Our first time in the gym together, he summarized my workout by shaking his head in disappointment and saying, “You’re doing it all wrong!”

    He was correct! I needed coaching in a bad way.

    But, as life would have it, an unexpected event in October 2014 left me with a shattered jaw that was wired for roughly a month. In that time, my weight dropped from a healthy 245 down to 213 on my 6’8″ frame. I lost QUALITY weight in a drastic way.

    By Jan 2015, the wires were off and I was ready for Grant’s coaching. Grant took me under his wing, set me straight with Starting Strength and offered these guiding principles:

    1) Learn the lifts
    2) Keep a logbook
    3) Make the time

    Our first workout (logged properly in a notebook) was on 29 Jan 2015 in Grant’s Carlsbad, CA garage:

    Squat – 165x5x3
    Press – 95x5x3
    Bench – 165x5x3
    Deadlift – 275x5x1

    On 24 Mar 2015, I squatted 315x5x3 for the first time and was weighing in around 255. In just 90 days, I was hitting personal bests on every lift and it showed. My clothes didn’t fit anymore, for all the right reasons, and senior Marines aboard Camp Pendleton, CA were noticing my transformation. It peaked their interest and led them to set appointments with Grant for one on one coaching before or after the workday.

    Over the next year, Starting Strength consumed me with the help of Grant’s watchful eye. I bought lifting shoes, got fitted for a belt and made time three days a week to get under the bar. It boosted my confidence, sharpened my mind and molded my leadership style to best serve my Marines.

    Personal bests under the bar consisted of:

    Squat – 370x5x3 (16 Feb 2016)
    Bench – 280x5x3 (10 Feb 2016)
    Deadlift – 415x5x1 (20 Jan 2016)

    Over four years later, I am still following Starting Strength, wearing the same shoes, the same belt and applying those guiding principles in my life.

    I am eternally grateful to Grant for his coaching, mentorship and his passion for getting under the bar. If you’re looking for a change in your life, reach out to Grant, learn the techniques, keep a logbook and make the time.

    You will not regret it.

    Best,
    Capt Hickey, USMC

  • Michael Rosenberg

    I went to college and served in the Marine Corps with Grant. He’s the person who led me to strength training; which is an aspect of my life that I hold dear.

    Grant taught me not only how to lift, but the why behind it. His instruction led me to the larger arena of strength and powerlifting.

    He’s a great instructor with top notch communication skills that allow him to make information relatable at any level.

    Highly recommend.

  • Captain Kyle J Rempe, USMC

    *Marine Starting Strength Coach cracks the code on the Marine Corps PFT*

    I have known and served with Grant since July of 2012. Simply put, Grant is the type of guy that everyone looks up to. Mostly because he’s a stellar Marine Officer and great person. While serving with him, I witnessed Marines of all ages, young, older and his peers regularly seek his strength training advice and want to be his friend.

    I personally sought his advice when preparing for the Marine Corps Physical Fitness Test (PFT) Combat Fitness Test (CFT), Marine Corps Special Operations Assessment and Selection program and general strength training. His programming allows for the integration of strength training and preparation for the Marine Corps tests, like the 3-mile run. He strikes the perfect balance for training, allowing you to retain your strength gains in the gym and compete at a high level for the Marine Corps tests.

    I currently serve as a Marine Captain at Camp Pendleton with 10 years time in service. Prior to working with Grant, I would stop strength training in order to prepare for the 3-mile PFT run. My preparation would involve traditional running programs such as long distance runs varying from 3 miles to 6 miles. In doing so, I had to sacrifice my strength training gains and was force to start over in the gym after completing the PFT. After meeting Grant and his programming, that all changed.

    With Grant’s programming I have always ran a HIGH first class PFT. Over the past three years, I have ran the following scores: 264, 275 and this year 280 (with a 21:30 three mile time). I have also maxed out the CFT over the past three years with a perfect score of 300. During this time, I maintained (+/- 10 pounds) 435 back squat, 405 deadlift, 325 bench press and 215 press.

    The results speak for themselves. Seek out Grant, follow his advice and you’ll crush it.

  • Ugo Mendes Donelli

    I can tell you that when Grant Broggi started training me I took off.
    I have read Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training trough 3 times. I started training on my own in an (hostile) Functional Training environment for more than 1 year. And Grant Broggi’s made the whole difference. He was able to spot my weaknesses and address them with ease, then accelerate my strength building process.
    I think it would have taken me a whole year to make the same progress I could reach in two months, thank to Grant Broggi’s help. He is patient and though. He is able to give the right cue and instruction, understanding where your limits are and where your potential is (better than yourself). You will be surprised when you will be able to lift weights you didn’t dream of with ease, because he understood your pace.

    Don’t think twice hiring him because his help will speed up your progress like you could never have done, safely.

    Grazie Grant!

  • Stephen Brooks

    Grant is a great coach. Very thoughtfully tailored my workouts around my age (71), my new hip and other age-related issues. We’ve worked together in-person and from afar sharing videos. He’s excellent at both. Tough but reasonable and understanding. Highly recommended.

  • Roberto Grünpeter Corrêa

    Grant is an amazing person and coach!

    I am a powerlifter from Brazil and met him at a Starting Strength Seminar. After that, I went to Strength Co. and he welcomed me, let me watch a few classes, answered my questions and even gave me coffee and a t-shirt! Also, his gym has a great system and all the equipment needed to be healthier and stronger!

    Highly recommend!

  • Matthew

    Grant Broggie and I started training together back in 2013 when he checked into my unit and became my Platoon Commander. My experience at the time was based off of what I had learned from high school football coaches and you tube. Needless to say it was not very effective. After a short time of fumbling around and not making any progressing I went to him for coaching. He introduced me to the Starting Strength method, and I haven’t looked back since. Over the years we have kept in touch while our careers have taken us to different locations but the mentorship and coaching has never stopped. From random phone calls to coaching me via facetime and video messages while was deployed I could always count on him to diel me back in.
    In October 2017 I was in a motorcycle accident where I shattered my right femur, it was repaired with a femoral nail and complicated with compartment syndrome that need an emergency fasciotomy. While I was in recovery listening to my Dr. tell me I may never be able to walk normal again I knew that was not an option. I immediately got on the phone with Grant to figure out how I was going to get back under a squat bar. Of course his guidance was to follow the Doctors order as far load bearing as to not complicate the healing of the bone and surrounding tissue. Once I was cleared to full body weight bearing the first thing we did was get into a squat. Starting with air squats 4 months after the surgeries we were back in the game. We moved slowly and only added weight as allowed by the doctor. Only 6 month after the injury I was able to squat 225 for a set of 5 and at 8 month I was cleared with no restrictions. With the close supervision and guidance from Grant I was able regain my strength and mobility which essentially gave me the opportunity to carry on my duty as a Marine Corps Drill Instructor.
    Over the last two years as a drill instructor I have not be able to maintain a consistent training program, however as my time in this duty draws to an end I have been able to find the time for consistent training over the last four months. With Grants coaching and guidance I find myself closing in on pre-accident weight on all my lifts. While it was a combination of the doctors amazing efforts, grants attentive coaching, and the science of adaptation under a load I am grateful to all that I made it this far.

  • Matthew

    Grant Broggie and I started training together back in 2013 when he checked into my unit and became my Platoon Commander. My experience at the time was based off of what I had learned from high school football coaches and you tube. Needless to say it was not very effective. After a short time of fumbling around and not making any progressing I went to him for coaching. He introduced me to the Starting Strength method, and I haven’t looked back since. Over the years we have kept in touch while our careers have taken us to different locations but the mentorship and coaching has never stopped. From random phone calls to coaching me via facetime and video messages while was deployed I could always count on him to diel me back in.
    In October 2017 I was in a motorcycle accident where I shattered my right femur, it was repaired with a femoral nail and complicated with compartment syndrome that need an emergency fasciotomy. While I was in recovery listening to my Dr. tell me I may never be able to walk normal again I knew that was not an option. I immediately got on the phone with Grant to figure out how I was going to get back under a squat bar. Of course his guidance was to follow the Doctors order as far load bearing as to not complicate the healing of the bone and surrounding tissue. Once I was cleared to full body weight bearing the first thing we did was get into a squat. Starting with air squats 4 months after the surgeries we were back in the game. We moved slowly and only added weight as allowed by the doctor. Only 6 month after the injury I was able to squat 225 for a set of 5 and at 8 month I was cleared with no restrictions. With the close supervision and guidance from Grant I was able regain my strength and mobility which essentially gave me the opportunity to carry on my duty as a Marine Corps Drill Instructor.
    Over the last two years as a drill instructor I have not be able to maintain a consistent training program, however as my time in this duty draws to an end I have been able to find the time for consistent training over the last four months. With Grants coaching and guidance I find myself closing in on pre-accident weight on all my lifts. While it was a combination of the doctors amazing efforts, grants attentive coaching, and the science of adaptation under a load I am grateful to all that I made it this far.

  • Emi G

    I have been training with Grant since May 2020. Started at 90lbs deadlift / 75lb squat and got to 300lbs deadlift / 285lbs squat in a little over 18 months. No prior lifting experience, all over Zoom, no injuries.

    He’s a fantastic coach, great dude, sessions are lots of fun, and we’ve become good friends.

  • Roz Mayall

    I am a 33 year old female based in London and met Grant Broggi on camera 1 year ago. I had never picked up a barbell before then, I was weak and I was scared I’d injure myself. I’d always been too embarrassed to go near the weight section of the gym and I truly believed if I lifted heavy weights I’d get ‘bulky’. I had no trust or faith in personal trainers (due to previous injuries) and I needed a coach, a proper coach – someone who I could put my complete trust in to get me to reach my goals.

    Grant is incredibly skilled. Every single session I’ve ever had with him has been via Zoom yet I feel as though he has been right next to me every time I’ve got under the bar. He is super encouraging, knowledgeable and somehow knows exactly when to push you further and when to stop.

    After 6 months of training 3 times a week, we completed a test day where I lifted 100kg/220lbs squat, 40kg/88lbs press, 116kg/256lbs deadlift and 56kg/123kg benchpress! I couldn’t believe it! If someone had told me a year ago I’d be as strong as I am today and I would have achieved that with zero injuries and a coach based on the other side of the world – I’d have laughed!

    Grant and I have never met in person (due to various lockdowns and travel restrictions), however he has changed my life in more ways than just physical strength to which I am hugely grateful for. Grant is an absolutely incredible coach and I wholeheartedly recommend.

  • JB

    I contacted the Strength Co in Orange County through the online chat function to ask about some muscle pains I was experiencing, and I heard back from Grant almost immediately. He gave me some instruction on how I could rehab the pain and I quickly got my lifts back up. I then made an appointment through the Strength Co website to do an intro barbell course. The gym experience with Grant was top notch. Only a few other people were there at the same time, so I received great personal instruction, cues, and form tweaks to give me confidence so I could continue progressing with heavy weight on my own. I’ve since done another gym session with Grant and plan on doing another one to practice my power clean technique. Everyone I’ve met at the Strength Co gym has been good people and if I lived closer I’d be there at least 1x a week. Grant definitely knows his stuff and his company even manufactures great training gear.

    Once I was getting toward the end of the NLP, I contacted Grant about transitioning to an intermediate program and he told me about a program he runs remotely called High Low Medium (HLM). For a low monthly fee you gets access to the virtual community and a weekly workout plan to help you continue to progress in the movement patterns. The program includes different variations and focus along with accessory and assistance lifts. Grant is available through the online platform to answer questions and provide guidance and adjustments as needed. I’m very pleased with the program and the service and attention I receive.

  • Jamie Clemons

    My love affair with weights began when I trained (albeit poorly) in the offseason for football / basketball between the 6th and 7th grade, and the difference it made on the field and court was like a cheat code. I have been lifting weights since I was 12 years old, and I will be turning 41 soon. During this roughly 30 years stretch I was constantly looking for a better way to lift, because I knew there was a better way – the effort was not yielding the results I was expecting. I started doing Crossfit in 2010 and loved it at first, there is nothing like barbell lifts and it is a fun community. However, the erratic programming and highly unqualified “coaches” were starting to wear thin as my injuries mounted – and my PR’s not only stopped, but I was finding that I was digressing.

    I first learned of Starting Strength when Jocko Willink covered the book on his podcast, and I ordered the book the same day. I have never read a book that made more sense to me or made me laugh out loud at all the things you see in gyms (pyramid workouts, arms resting on bars doing squats, etc) – it was like reliving my 30 years of lifting. I subsequently bought Practical Programming as well. I put together a garage gym and started the program.

    After about 3 weeks, my knee and back pain were completely gone, and I was amazed at the progress. Several months later, after blowing past all my Crossfit records, I started to stall on my progress, and I knew I needed two things: better form and custom programming. At this point I had read each book at least 3 times, but I knew I had gone as far as I could on my own. I looked at the starting strength coaches and followed some online. Grant stuck out to me because he was insanely strong AND fit (which is what I wanted, strength but not at the expense of being too heavy).

    Grant is simply the best training coach I have ever had by a mile, and I would venture to say this is true for 99.99% of athletes. Grants knowledge is incredible, and it comes from being highly intelligent, and coaching hundreds of people for thousands of hours. All my sessions have been on zoom, and it’s as good as in person. Grant has improved my form on all lifts, I have hit lifetime PR’s on Squats, Deadlift, Bench and Press, in consecutive weeks…at 40 years old. His programming is phenomenal, and he takes time to explain the why. Even seemingly mindless exercises, like pullups, have improved dramatically. Grant is a big and fun personality, he has a commanding voice that makes you lift better. His is of the highest moral character.

    A word of warning, Grant’s company, The Strength Co, has truly great stuff, once you start buying the shirts (so comfortable), steel plates and bbq sauce, you won’t be able to stop.

  • Geoff

    I’ve been exercising seriously for about a dozen years—first running, then trail running, then CrossFit. CF introduced me to lifting, which has been my focus for the last six years or so. I hit a plateau about a year ago, and joined Grant’s online crew to elevate my lifting.

    Grant is an outstanding coach and I’m with a great group of people from all over the world. The coaching is exceptional and, as a bonus, I learn a lot from the instruction everyone else receives. Additionally, The Strength Co folks have virtual coaching dialed in.

    I’m 48, have made significant gains in the last few months, and am now the strongest I’ve ever been in my life. I aim to maintain this trajectory for years to come.

  • Michael Buckley

    I began barbell training about 5 years ago, after doing crossfit for several years. I knew I needed to get stronger. To make a long story short, I found out about starting strength about a year into barbell training. After about a year and half of going at it alone, I attended a seminar at WFAC. Of all the coaches in attendance, Grant stood out to me. There is a passion that is evident in his delivery of cues and overall technical critique. I joined his gym via their zoom classes about 5 months ago, and all I can say is wow. I am 44 years old, and stronger than I have ever been (and it’s not even close). You can buy all the equipment, and you can read all the books, but eventually you are going to need a coach. Grant is an exceptional one.

  • Dane Grace

    I’ve been training consistently for a few years now. I’ve read all of the books – emphasis: all. I read the blue book when it was brown, the grey book when it was black and came back for the newest editions. I’ve read the Barbell Prescription. I’ve read Strong Enough. I watched the DVDs. I even read Starr’s books. I built a home gym and did my best to follow the program

    I could have gotten much further had I just dropped by the Strengthco and gotten coached by Grant. He is personable, competent and motivating. After less than two months of coaching I’m set to destroy my previous numbers. If you’re thinking about getting coached by him, stop. Just book time because you’ll just be better off.

  • Adam D

    The day I found out about starting strength I was hooked. The simple straight forward no nonsense approach to building strength spoke to me and fit my lifestyle. I am a farmer from Canada and I am used to hard work but I still needed someone to keep me on the path. It is true when you start getting stronger progress is harder and harder to come by. That is where a great coach can come into play. Grant has the great power to watch you lift and assess the bar speed and technique, and provide feedback if you have another rep left in the tank.

    I enjoy Grant’s humor and personality. Grant is also a goddam marine, and is no stranger to being in uncomfortable situations, he will not sugar coat or alter is approach if he see’s you are not lifting up to standard or not putting effort in. And that’s what you need in a coach. In a world full of soft minded leaders it is refreshing to be guided by a man that knows hard work and is not afraid to tell it like it is.

    Being strong always you to be more useful in all things that you come across in life. . I have an example of a real world situation where being strong has paid off for me. On the farm we deal with machinery all shapes and sizes. One day my father and I were wanting to hook the tractor up to the cultivator, well the jack was busted and the hitch was laying in the dirt. With no other way of lifting the hitch up other then getting another tractor with forks or something. I was able to take a long crow bar and put it under the hitch and try and deadlift the thing up. It was damn near a max effort deadlift but I got it up and saved us a bunch of time so we could get the cultivator hooked up and back in the field.

    If you want to be able to deadlift farm implements be strong, more useful and resilient. Grant will help get you there.

  • Jim Hurst

    What can I say, the training you get with the Strength Co is the best. I’ve trained with Grant and found him to be professional and knowledgeable on all aspects of strength training. He lets you know exactly what lifts you are doing in advance. This is important to me so I can prepare mentally. Grant makes the session fun which makes your time with them more enjoyable even though you are lifting heavy. Grant is in tune with the needs athletes of aging and what will help them to get strong so they can increase their quality of life. I highly recommend the Strength Co online to all, from a beginner to an advance lifter.

  • Carolyn S.

    I started lifting with Grant about five months ago and it’s been an incredible journey. Ive had the confidence to lift more and more because I know Grant is closely checking that I am lifting with proper form. He expects the best from you and that inspires me to push myself as hard as I can. I’ve never been stronger and I’ve never been more consistent. I am not a morning person but I excitedly get up at 6am in the morning excited to join Grant’s group class, full of amazing and hilarious humans. I am incredibly grateful to have this opportunity to work with Grant. Definitely one of the best choices I made in my life.

  • J.S.

    It is difficult to add anything new that hasn’t already been said above!

    Less than four months in, this 40+ office worker is squatting and deadlifting more than 315 and pressing more than 135. (Note: I don’t bench a lot of weight due to previous injuries.)

    This January I started doing the Starting Strength program in my basement via the app and watching YouTube. I did my best solo but always wondered about if I had the correct form, and was also concerned about possibly injuring myself.

    I signed up for a few sessions with Grant and I can honestly say it was the best money spent. My form needed work, and his guidance was incredibly helpful. Also, I was nowhere near the end of my novice progression (even though I thought I was previously).

    Keep in mind that there are about five minutes of rest between sets so a lot of the value I’ve received is while I’m talking with him about nutrition, rest, and cats. 🙂

    I then signed up for group classes with Connor. While I was hesitant at first, I found that the group was actually more motivating than lifting alone. Very supportive.

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