Professor Lon Kilgore graduated from Lincoln University with a B.Sc. in biology and he earned a PhD from the Department of Anatomy and Physiology at Kansas State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. He has competed in weightlifting to the national level since 1972 and coached his first athletes from a garage gym to national-championship event medals in 1974. He has also competed in powerlifting, the first CrossFit Total event, golf, wrestling and rowing. He has worked in the trenches, as a coach or scientific consultant, with athletes from rank novices to professionals and the Olympic elite, and as a collegiate strength coach. He was co-developer of the Basic Barbell Training and Exercise Science specialty seminars for CrossFit (mid-2000s). He was a certifying instructor for USA Weightlifting for more than a decade and a frequent lecturer at events at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. He is a decorated military veteran (sergeant, U.S. Army). His illustration, authorship and co-authorship efforts include the best-selling books “Starting Strength” (first and second editions) and “Practical Programming for Strength Training” (first and second editions), recent releases “Anatomy without a Scalpel” and “FIT,” CrossFit Journal columns, numerous guest blog articles, textbook chapters, and numerous research-journal publications. His professional goal is to provide the best quality, most practical, most accessible and highly affordable educational experiences to fitness professionals through his university work, through his AnatomyWOD, PhysiologyWOD and through the YogaWOD course, derived from his and Julie Hanson's new book "Deconstructing Yoga: A Secular Guide to Learning & Teaching". His students have gone on to become highly notable figures in weightlifting, powerlifting, cycling, fitness and academia.

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