A BRIEF INTRODUCTION

Professor Lon Kilgore is a longtime contributor to the CrossFit Journal and the fitness industry in general. He might be best known for his work with Mark Rippetoe as concept originator, co-author, illustrator, and book designer for “Starting Strength” and “Practical Programming” (first and second editions). He also co-created the Basic Barbell Training and Exercise Science specialty seminars offered through CrossFit in the mid-2000s. After a 20-year professorial career in higher academia, he currently creates and delivers vocational-education courses through the Kilgore Academy and works as a writer and illustrator for hire. His lifting and coaching career traces back to the iron plate days of the early 1970s. He has coached, as primary coach or consulting coach, some of the best lifters in the US and has taught many of the best coaches and trainers in the US in the classroom, seminars, or online.
 

WHAT IS IT I ACTUALLY DO?

The things I like to do and that I am pretty good at doing. Running the Kilgore Academy requires most of my time, but teaching within the fitness industry has always been my primary function. I've been trying to make a difference in how trainers and coaches are prepared for almost three decades. Part of making that difference is in authorship and illustration. The books, magazine articles, and online courses I have authored since my first book effort in 1995 are focused specifically on producing better fitness professionals. 
 

WANT TO HELP LON OUT?

Competing in the variety of sports and events he does is expensive. Masters athletes do not get any support from national sporting bodies so all training, entry fees, equipment, and competition travel costs are borne by the athlete. Asking for funding assistance with no return to the benefactor is not a good deal, so instead of asking for donations, I'm suggesting purchasing something. Every one of my online courses taken, each of my books purchased, every one of my posters bought, can help provide some funds to help cover the costs of entries and travel to:

2018 IWF World Masters Weightlifting Championships – Barcelona Spain. My first worlds happens at age 60. It will be a tough task to beat the Germans who consistently stand on top of the podium. But I’m going to give it a go. Early August.

2018 USA Powerlifting Raw Nationals – Spokane Washington. My first powerlifting nationals. My squat is competitive, my bench is as good as or better than anyone’s in the class and age group, my deadlift lags. Combine those three and I have a shot to win in the Masters 3 age group 74kg class … which then puts me into the pool for selection to the 2019 IPF Classic World Championships and possibly other international championships. Mid October.

2018 CrossFit Liftoff – Kitsapp Washington. Last year I did pretty good overall in my first Liftoff. I lifted decently as a fatter-than-I-should-be competitor and sucked in the WOD as expected. This year I’m 20lbs lighter and a bit more fit and have higher aspirations. Amy & Dan Holllingsworth at CrossFit Kitsapp have volunteered to inspire (Amy) and pace (Dan) me as I compete in the same age and weight class as Dave Hippensteel, last year’s Liftoff winner (M60+), current CrossFit Games champion (M60+), and current CrossFit Open champion (M60+). I intend to be a handful and seriously challenge everyone in the age group and weight class. This is my stepping stone to competing in the CrossFit Open in 2019. Late November/Early December.

2018 Atlas Field Winter Throws Series – Lockhart Texas. I’m going to try to post a shot put distance that gets me into a top 50 masters ranking in the USA, maybe top 150 in the world. This is a tall ask for a hobbit in a giant’s sport, but it is huge fun. I’m currently sitting, mid-season, at #53 in the USA and #163 in the world. Early December.
 

HELP BY BUYING A GOOD BOOK 

You can pick up a copy of my book Anatomy without a Scalpel or my book with Julie Hanson, Deconstructing Yoga, at Amazon.com

HELP BY TAKING A CLASS

There are numerous classes in science, fitness development, and fitness practice at the Kilgore Academy. Prices are as low a $79.95 and earn CEU credits.

HELP BY BUYING A POSTER, CLOCK, OR SHIRT OR IF YOU REALLY DON'T WANT ANY STUFF
but still want to contribute, click on the button below to send a small amount to the competition fund

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If you choose this option, there are still free resources at Kilgore Academy and, thanks to Greg Glassman and the CrossFit Journal, you can get a lot of my writings to read for free here

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