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.


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.