I’m Brian Goldstein. I’m a designer, developer, and new dad from St. Louis, and this is my online training log.
My professional background has nothing to do with strength. But, ever since I was a small kid in the late 80’s, I can remember wanting to grow up to be big, strong, and heroic. Like most boys, however, my judgement and methods were, um, cloudy at best. Yes, let’s leave that there.
Eventually, I would stumble into periods of success followed by periods of over complication, stagnation, frustration, and eventually losing interest, only to start the cycle over again.
If that sounds like you too, trust me, I have been there. I have been the noob on the forums asking the dipshit questions; I have been the guy trying out this workout or that workout because so and so endorsed it or I read it in a magazine or online. And i’ve indulged in just about every fad of the last 15 years. What’s the old saying? Experience is what you get when your plan doesn’t work? Well, in that sense I got a lot of experience.
But like I said, I have had periods of success: first starting out under the great eye of Coach Kinney, I learned how to squat, clean and snatch; Next, following Dan John’s Mass Made Simple program; with the incomparable Matt Owen at Project Deliverance, and every time I come back to the basic teachings of Rippetoe and Kilgore’s Starting Strength.
About 6 months ago, a friend of mine asked me if I could show him how to lift weights. He’s made great progress and it has been fun and enjoyable training him. The only thing exceptional about this guy is his willingness and he’s continuing to get stronger, faster, and in better shape, despite a few bumps in the road.
I may never actually open my own gym, but the experience of coaching him has taught me that I really enjoy it, and I’d love to continue to train people. I may even go and earn my starting strength coach certification, because I really would love to coach at least a few more people.
Last, and most importantly, I just became a new father this past week. So far I’ve experienced a need for a productive outlet to all of this nervous energy and a desire to be the kind of man I want my son to grow into. This site, and my coaching practice, should I have one, is dedicated to those men who understand that the simplest way to handle your responsibilities is to grow stronger physically, spiritually, intellectually, and emotionally. By prioritizing our own growth and development as men, we become better able to handle the demands of jobs, family, and life.
I want my son to see me the way I saw my father – someone capable and heroic – for as long as I am able. If you’re in that position too, or want to get back to that, reach out to me. I would love to help.