OUR MISSION IS TO GET A BARBELL
We value longevity in strength with a competitive approach. Our programs are designed to challenge our athletes to level up while placing fun and community at the center of what we do.
A note from our founder:
Strong Strong Friends was inspired by the small gym where I first learned to lift. My friends taught me and pushed me from the very start. Our small community trained together, competed together, and grabbed cheeseburgers after.
Friendship will always be at the heart of what we do. The strong is nothing without the friendly, and to develop our athletes for the long haul, we program with fun at the forefront. Our team refuses to prey on insecurities to sell ourselves. We design programs that work, and create easy to digest content to inspire, inform, and instruct.
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Stay Strong & Stay Friendly!
Megan Gallagher (Megsquats):
Certifications: ISSA Certified Trainer, Precision Nutrition L1 Coach, USAPL Club Coach, Safe Sport Certified
After playing basketball and running cross country at the collegiate level, Meg eventually found crossfit and strength training. The competitive spark of crossfit ignited an interest to lead her to compete in crossfit, bodybuilding, weightlifting, strongman, and powerlifting. Meg has gone on to compete in powerlifting at the Arnold Pro Raw Challenge, USAPL Nationals 2015-2018, and has been invited to participate in lifting exhibitions and seminars throughout the United States.
Her most recent performance at the 2018 USAPL Nationals resulted in a 7/9 performance in the -63kg class, hitting 140kg (308lb) squat, 77.5kg (171lb) bench, 185kg (409lb) deadlift, and a 437 wilks score.
Meg has successfully coached hundreds of powerlifters through either their first squat, first meet, or first national-level competition. Through her YouTube channel and professional passion for the sport of powerlifting, she has studied under and interviewed the strongest strength athletes in the world. Meg has spearheaded SSF's company mission of getting a barbell in every woman's hands, and is working to make barbell training approachable for the masses.
Certifications: ISSA Certified Trainer, USAPL Club Coach, Safe Sport Certified
Growing up, Ryan competed in hockey, rugby, and track & field at the regional, national, and international levels. Despite enjoying a multi-sport approach to athletics, he narrowed his sights on snowboarding, where he competed in all disciplines, eventually specializing in racing Giant Slalom and Slalom events. Ryan's success included winning the 2012 USCSA National Championship title, as well as competing at the World Cup, Junior, and Senior World Championship levels, racing against the best snowboarders in the world (including Olympic champions).
After completing his undergraduate degree, Ryan put his athletic ambitions on hold in order to chase his professional goals. He moved to Washington, D.C. to begin his career as an economist, where he worked as a policy analyst at the IMF and the World Bank, as well as completed his MSc in Applied Economics. While living in D.C. kept him off a snowboard, Ryan pivoted his passion for athletics and began training in the sport of weightlifting, where he competed as an 85kg lifter. It was through lifting in D.C. that Ryan would go on to meet Meg.
In 2015, Ryan and Meg moved to New York, where Ryan began a private sector role at Credit Suisse. After over a year of juggling demanding day jobs all the while building up their online business, the pair decided to commit 100% to their coaching pursuits full time, and haven’t looked back since.
Leveraging his analytical skillset and coaching background (having coached powerlifting and weightlifting since 2014), Ryan is in charge of infrastructure, programming, and operations at SSF. Ryan holds the role of lead platform coach at meets, has led dozens of lifters to PRs at competitions, and served as Head Coach to 2nd place winning USAPL Raw Nationals Men/Women’s Combined Team (SSF) in 2017. 2017 also marked the return of his competitive snowboarding, where Ryan ranked in the top 12 in the continent in both the North American Championships and Asian Winter Games, as well as top 45 at the 2017 World Snowboard Championships.
“I used to do bodybuilding style of lifting prior and did not enjoy it as much. Seeing Megs story on YouTube and seeing her IG inspired me to try out powerlifting. Once I decided I really liked the sport and wanted to get better, I thought the two of you would be the perfect fit!
“I was introduced to Power lifting via Youtube. I found Meg and she came at being in the gym completely differently than I’d ever seen. It was so empowering as a female. I signed up and was hooked.
[SSF is] An affordable, personalized, adaptable service that has changed along with my needs to support me as my goals and health change.
“Meg is an inspiration and working on these lifts has made me much more confident and gives me specific goals to work towards but I needed help and Meg and Ryan know their stuff. It has been absolutely incredible, to have coaches that care about your progress, will adapt if needed, and are always going to be there to cheer you on is truly hard to find.
“I was beginning to hit a plateau with 5/3/1, so I wanted to try non-generic programming! [Since then] Meg and Ryan have prepared me for two meets thus far and each time I’ve felt more than prepared! I’ve become so much more confident in both my lifts as well as in myself training in the gym. I want to be strong AF and I LOVE that Meg and Ryan both encourage and promote so many women trying to be badass bitches. Starting with SSF was one of the best decisions I’ve made in my lifting journey!
“SSF has changed my life and it feel so invigorating to walk into the gym and hit incredible PRs and lift heavy.
“If you’re ready for a positive change and linear progression of your total, then choose SSF!!! They are the best by a mile! Through emails, social media, messaging or FB Live, the Strong Strong Friends team makes me feel validated, empowered, important and valued every time.
“Everything was taken care of by coaches Meg and Ryan! I didn’t have to worry about a thing. They loaded my warm ups, told me what to do every step of the way, and made sure that I enjoyed my time. Strong Strong Friends is not only about gripping the barbell and feeling the weight but it’s about how the barbell transforms you from the inside every time you face a rep, set, or session.
“Meg, through YouTube got me interested [in Powerlifting] and I ended up falling in love with the idea of being strong. I hit my lowest weight since early high school and have clear muscle definition for the first time ever! My life has improved in so many aspects due to the attentive coaching and care.
“The delivery Megan and Ryan approach training and how they” teach others is a system that worked really well for me when I saw it for the first time.