Trainers

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Nicole Rutherford: Co-owner and Coach

Nicole is co-owner of Valens Strength & Conditioning and a certified SSC. Nicole was born and raised in Maryland where she received her Bachelors in Business Administration and Exercise Science at McDaniel College. After receiving her degree she moved to San Diego in December 2016. She became a Starting Strength Coach in May 2015 while going to college full time and interning at Westminster Strength and Conditioning in Westminster, Maryland for 2 years.

Nicole has worked with clients as young as 10 years old as well as clients into their late 80’s. Her clients goals range from individuals looking to increase performance in their sport to those who want to be able to complete everyday task with ease.

 

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Jason Varnum: Co-Owner & Coach

Jason is one of the head coaches and is the co-owner of Valens Strength & Conditioning. He served 4 years in the Air-force under security forces and attended UCF to receive his Finance degree. He has been coaching the Starting Strength Model full time since June 2017 and attended a Starting Strength Seminar in June 2018.

He has been lifting for 15 years now, has dabbled in Crossfit and discovered that strength training is the best way to increase his performance on the golf course. He has completed the Novice Linear Progression outlined by Starting Strength, the Texas Method and is currently training to compete in powerlifting during 2019.

 

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Richard Kang: Coach

Richard Kang is a coach at Valens Strength and Conditioning who is currently enrolled at SDSU in Kinesiology. He received his Personal training certification from the NSCA in 2015. He has intern experience at SDSU Fowlers Athletics working with the collegiate athletes and has been interning at Valens Strength and Conditioning since 2017. He has many years of experience working at commercial and private gyms as a Strength and Conditioning Coach. He has worked with clients of many backgrounds, military, juniors, seniors, athletes, and everyday folk. Richard has attended Starting Strength seminars and plans on becoming certified as a Starting Strength Coach in the future, as well as receiving his Masters in Sports Performance.

Richard has a passion for the knowledge in the Strength and Conditioning field. He believes in finding a craft that you love and then mastering that craft to your best ability. He plans on furthering his knowledge and experience through classical education and working with some of the best coaches in the US.

 

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Jake Vuolo: Intern

Jake grew up in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains in Upstate New York. He was involved in every athletic endeavor available to him; his two loves being soccer and weight training. He was first introduced to the weight room in 7th grade and ever since then he knew he would be involved in strength & conditioning for the rest of his life. Jake graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in Health & Exercise Science and a minor in Coaching.

After relocating to San Diego, Jake was introduced to the Starting Strength method and ran the Novice Linear Progression on himself which added considerable strength to his major lifts. He then started interning at Valens Strength and Conditioning and began coaching clients with the method. He has used Starting Strength to rehab post-surgical knees, help clients end their debilitating back pain and to make his clients stronger and more confident in themselves. Jake attended a Starting Strength Seminar in 2018 and is currently pursuing his Staring Strength Coaching Credentials.

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