Lon Kilgore PhD conceived, authored, illustrated, and organized the majority of the course content offered by the academy. Very few academics can lay claim to such a varied and deep background relative to science, exercise, and the fitness industry. He earned a BSc in Biology with a minor in chemistry from Lincoln University, an MSc in Physical Education from Kansas State University, and a PhD from the Department of Anatomy & Physiology from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University. He earned the rank of professor (full) at three universities (US, IRL, UK) and has published many dozens of academic papers. During his university student years he worked as a roofer, department store assistant manager, provided security services, and spent time as an autopsy assistant. Prior to his work in academia he was a Sergeant in the US Army, earning multiple commendations for his work in chemical weapons disarmament and disposal. Athletically, he has appeared on many national event podiums in weightlifting and powerlifting over his near half century of competition. He has competed, less successfully, in wrestling, rowing, and golf. He has a coaching portfolio that includes tutelage from old guard elite coaches such as Carl Miller, Russ Knipp, Tommy Kono, Bill Clark, Marty Cypher, and even Bob Hoffman. His background also includes providing long term coaching to many top US weightlifters, provision of short term consultancy to several international level athletes, time as an NCAA strength coach, and more than a decade of experience teaching USA Weightlifting coach certifications on the road and at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. He may be best known for his industry changing work with Mark Rippetoe, as concept originator, co-author, illustrator, and book designer for Starting Strength and for Practical Programming (first and second editions). He also co-created the Basic Barbell Training and Exercise Science specialty certifications offered through CrossFit in the mid-2000s. Lon is also a regular contributing author to the CrossFit Journal with 40 or so articles appearing there since 2006. He also has provided a number of volunteer services to a variety of academic and corporate education committees. He has been a small business owner and business consultant within the fitness industry. With all that said, he currently spends his days thinking, reading, writing, illustrating, doing e-mails, and a bunch of other work stuff in his office. He just recently (after leaving university life) seems to have arrived at a decent work-life balance where he trains for powerlifting and weightlifting four days per week, trains CrossFit two days per week, and does some other weird experimental training stuff as it occurs to him (all done in the office or in the back yard). He plans on competing in weightlifting and powerlifting for long into the future. Work-life balance also includes time for the kids which includes, for him, the most out of character recreational endeavor ever. The youngest and oldest sons have recruited him into playing D&D Adventurer’s League on Monday nights. Barbarians rule!

See his curriculum vitae


Justin Kulik, MSc
Darcy Franklin, MEd
Ashton Burchfield, BA

Gavin Heselton, MA RD
Iain Barbour, BSc
Julie Hanson, ERYT-500
Lon Kilgore, PhD

Content Creators

Lon Kilgore, PhD - Kilgore Academy
Julie Hanson, EYRT-500 - Seasonal Yoga Schools (RYS)
Julien Baker, PhD DSc - University of the West of Scotland
Julie Thomson, PhD - Glasgow Caledonian University
Michael Hartman, PhD - Advocare
Justin Lascek, BSc - US Army
James Adams, BT - Ayrshire College
Valarie Perry, SHEP - US Department of Defense
Gavin Heselton, MA RD - CrossFit Glasgow

Review Board

We are committed to quality education and follow robust quality assurance methods. Our assessment results are evaluated at two levels to ensure accuracy and equity. We also have a standing review board that advises the academy on a variety of matters:

Martin Brown, MA - Opus Learning LTD
Frank Wyatt, EdD - Midwestern State University
Brett Crossland, MSc - Texas Women's University
Bridgette Lipscomb - Stinson, Leonard & Street LLP
Chris Riley, MSc - Dallas Strength & Conditioning
Julie Hanson, ERYT-500 - Seasonal Yoga Schools
Lon Kilgore, PhD - Kilgore Academy


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