Coaches

Nicole Rutherford is a traveling Starting Strength Coach who has been certified since 2015. She holds her Bachelors in Business Administration and Exercise Science. In 2016, she moved to California and opened a Starting Strength Affiliate Gym with Jason Varnum and opened a second gym in early 2020. Since Covid, she now travels around the United States in an RV helping clients in person and remotely become the best version of themselves.

Jason Varnum has had over 15 years of experience in the fitness world. He served in the air force for 4 years and later received his finance degree from UCF. In 2017, he opened a Starting Strength Affiliate gym with Nicole Rutherford and they opened their second gym in early 2020. He has been training and coaching the Starting Strength Model since opening their first gym and currently travels around the United States helping clients live a stronger, healthier life.

Jacob Pearce has been training clients since 2019 after graduating from the National Personal Training Institute of Colorado. He began implementing the Starting Strength Model with his personal clientele and started as an apprentice coach at Starting Strength Austin in 2021. He served 4 years in the U.S. Army as an infantryman and had a combat deployment to Afghanistan. Jacob enjoys helping people achieve their strength and overall fitness goals to help them become the best version of themselves.

Sam Ishiki has over 5 years of experience in the fitness world. He is originally from Corona, California and moved to Austin, Texas for an apprenticeship at Starting Strength Austin in 2020. He has competed in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and is a brown belt. Sam is passionate about the Starting Strength model and is dedicated to helping people get stronger mentally and physically.

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