Our coaches set Testify apart. They are dedicated to your success and are highly trained in proper technique and programming strategies. There is always a coach present and available to assist in your strength journey.


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Phil Meggers

Starting Strength Coach

Owner

  • Starting Strength Seminar Staff Coach

  • USAW Advanced Sports Performance Coach

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Phil is an original founder of Testify and began coaching full-time in 2016. Prior to that, he was a high school math and physics teacher as well as a strength and conditioning coach for 13 years (you can still find him doing calculus on the chalkboard with some of our college students). He became a Starting Strength Coach in 2013 and is now a staff coach for Starting Strength Seminars. He loves seeing how strength training changes people’s everyday lives. Listening to people share their stories is actually how Testify originally got its name.

Favorite Lift: Snatch

Favorite Bar: B&R

Favorite Donut: Apple Fritter (But is that really a donut?)

White or Colorful Christmas Lights: Colored all the way!


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Tyler Holm

Starting Strength Coach

  • USAW Advanced Sports Performance Coach

  • CrossFit Level I Trainer

Tyler is what we call an Original Gangster (OG for short) as he was part of the first group of people to train at Testify. He was one of Testify’s early coaches and has since become Testify’s second Starting Strength Coach. He put his engineering knowledge to work creating the belt wrench that is loved by many. He is also a father of two and enjoys spending time outside with his wife and children.

Favorite Lift: Deadlift

Favorite Bar: B&R

Favorite Donut: Old fashioned sour cream with maple bourbon glaze and bacon crumbles

White or Colorful Christmas lights: I guess colored are cool. (But white are clearly better.)

 


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Barb Mueller

Owner

  • Starting Strength Seminar Attendee

Barb has been a member of Testify since 2012 (she’s an OG too). In 2016, she became a co-owner of Testify and its Chief Financial Officer. You can often find her coaching, and she enjoys learning and lifting right alongside you. In her spare time, Barb enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and traveling to beautiful places with her husband, Tom.

Favorite Lift: Deadlift

Favorite Bar: Ohio Power Bar

Favorite Donut: All of them.

White or Colorful Christmas Lights: White, of course.


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Mike Sharp

  • USAW Sports Performance Coach

  • Starting Strength Seminar Attendee

Mike is also an OG. He has dedicated a significant amount of time to training, coaching, and volunteering at competitions. He started coaching in order to help other people see the benefits of strength training, but we’re pretty sure he actually just wanted the chance to tell more people his dad jokes. When he’s not working in IT or spending time at Testify, he enjoys fishing and working on cars.

Favorite Lift: Back Squat

Favorite Bar: Ohio Power Bar (a.k.a the cheese grater)

Favorite Donut: Apple Fritter - Technically not a donut, but you won’t get a different answerWhite or Colorful Christmas Lights: Colored all the way!


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Kathy Clough

  • Starting Strength Seminar Attendee

Kathy has been involved with Testify since the beginning and in fact is the most OG of all the coaches (after Phil, of course). She has been lifting and coaching for many years now and especially enjoys when people feel great because of their new-found strength. She is a stay-at-home mom who enjoys homeschooling her children (they often assist in coaching as well). In her free time she enjoys rock-climbing, reading, and winning board games (not just playing, she wants to win).

Favorite Lift: Squat

Favorite Bar: B&R

Favorite Donut: Chocolate Cake

White or Colorful Christmas Lights: White, of course.


Dave Hahn

  • Starting Strength Seminar Attendee

Dave joined Testify in 2016 after attending a Starting Strength Seminar hosted at Testify. He has been training for over 5 years, and his experience has made him a great addition to our coaching staff. Dave’s favorite part of coaching is seeing the proverbial light bulb come on for someone when they finally get a movement right. In his spare time, Dave enjoys lifting weights (duh), home improvement, working on cars, and meme-smithing (the art of making internet memes).

Favorite Lift: Bench. (Dave is a self-proclaimed bro.) Then deadlift, then press, then squat.

Favorite Bar: B&R

Favorite Donut: Free. So please leave your equipment out. We have an unwritten rule (that has been written on a sticky note) that anybody who leaves weights out owes the gym donuts.

White or Colorful Christmas Lights: I guess colored are cool. (But white are clearly better)


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Becky Meggers

Physician Assistant - Orthopedics

  • USAW Sports Performance Coach

Becky has been lifting for over 10 years and joined Testify during college. You can often find her at the gym whether she’s lifting, coaching, or hanging out with Milo, the gym dog. She is a Physician Assistant practicing in Orthopedic Trauma and enjoys using her medical knowledge to aid in people’s strength journeys. She enjoys the outdoors, reading, and doing DIY projects. Oh, and she’s married to Phil!

Favorite Lift: Snatch

Favorite Bar: B&R

Favorite Donut: Blueberry Cake

White or Colorful Christmas Lights: White, of course. (She admittedly dislikes colorful lights, and Phil loves colorful lights...it’s quite the topic of debate)