So much has happened in six months since we announced Jeremy Elder as Stanton Strength’s first Starting Strength intern. Where to begin?
Looking to the past: We put on the most epic of competitions with the King of the Hill four. Over 60 people packed into 270 square feet. Personal bests were smashed, competitors were crushed, and a select few rose to the top of the ranks.
Stanton Strength moved the location of Next Level Barbell studio from Milwaukie to Portland. With 600 more square feet to work we now have three racks, over 10 bars, and 2000lbs of calibrated bumpers/iron. I am awaiting the logo’d pulling platforms and then I will post pictures of the completed location.
Jeremy Elder has done a fantastic job interning and will be moving into his new role as a junior strength coach, ready to take on new clients. Jeremy has a fantastic eye and is more then ready to take a more direct role. I look forward to continuing to develop Jeremy’s coaching practice and to prepare him for the rigors of the Starting Strength exam. Contact me now if you are looking for an extremely affordable coaching option.
Stanton Strength has also welcomed a new Starting Strength coach into its roster with Ryan O’Connell Peller. Ryan brings a wealth of experience and comes with the highest recommendations of his peers. He is available for clients immediately.
The team continues to grow every week. We welcomed Rick, Kalab, Ken, Zoe, Tom, Joseph, Glen, Sheri, Lindsay, Aimee, Stephen, Jia, Sharon, Jim, Seth, Josh, James, Brian, Tyler, Earl, Spencer, Matt, Jason, Annmarie and more!
Presently: With the rate of the growth of the team, Stanton Strength is in need of some new management tools. At Stanton Strength we have avoided raising our prices for 3 full years. In order to continue to grow and develop its finally time to raise our prices. Single session prices are increasing to $85 per session. Monthly subscription model will be increasing to $325/month and includes programming, conveniently delivered through fitbot. Nutrition, for new members, will become an add-on item and will be managed through fitbot. The subscription model will now require a 3 month commitment for new members. Novice classes will increase to $250/month and include up to 6 members in accordance with our increased space. Intermediate classes will increase to $175/month and include up to 6 members. These changes will go into effect starting June 1st for new clients and July 1st for existing clients. For existing clients that just gasped, please do not fret. I am committed to you. If this is beyond your financial means, please contact me individually. I want there to always be a place on this team for you.
With the hard part out of the way, lets discuss the newest goodie that this allow us to purchase. Fitbot is an online training service that will completely revamp our current excel based training platform. Fitbot is a client and coach platform. Programming will be delivered via email on a daily basis. You, the client, can rapidly relay your progress to your coach, ask questions, and post videos. Your coach is given a suite of tools that allow better tracking of your progress, and allows better communication of what you the client should be doing. Less wasted time in emails, or text messages, trying to figure out what you are supposed to be doing, and more worry-free training! In addition, during periods of time that there is an active intern, any video you upload will be analyzed and broken down within 24 hours and feedback given!
Another perk we will be offering is automatic bank withdrawal services. No more having to chase me down and throw money at me. It will be conveniently relocated on a monthly basis.
Lastly in the present, I have completed my nursing career and am now retired. That means 100% of my attention is focused solely on this venture.
Charging towards the future: I see a very bright future ahead. A future where you are all jacked, probably not tan, but crushing 1000lbs squats.
We will continue to run the team dinners every month but these will be moving to Saturday’s after our trip to Saylor’s. My hope is that it will be easier for all to attend. I love seeing you all outside the gym.
A new novice class time has opened from 6-7:30am with Ryan. There is also an available slot still at 6-7:30pm.
June 24th Ryan and I will be putting on a squat camp at Rekovery Athletics. Come and learn not only how to squat, but why we squat the way we do. Lecture and instruction is provided. To get signed up see: https://aasgaardco.com/…/starting-s…/vancouver-wa-squat-camp
June 30th will be the first bench’s and brews. Come get your bench on while sampling delicious beverages from a local brewery. More information to follow.
The next King of the Hill is scheduled for August 18th. We have special guess Rebecca Roberts coming to crush the female records. We will have a ton of new space so I am hoping to get some awesome pictures of you all lifting.
Lastly, we are on schedule to open a commercial facility. My goal is to open in less than a years’ time. In conversation with Mark Rippetoe, the west coast is in need of a training facility to host seminars. That could and will be us. I have a goal to have the best Starting Strength gym on the west coast. And I know you are all behind me and I cannot thank you enough for your support. Every day I feel so lucky to know you.