"Being healthy - no disease - while functionally impaired in strength, endurance, and mobility is just as problematic as ill health."
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!
WHAT OTHERS SAY ...
“Lon has been a national-level lifter since he was 12. He has forgotten more about weightlifting than most people will ever have a chance to learn. He is also a talented artist, a skilled politician, an intelligent, methodical investigator, and a thorough planner. He is responsible for all of the good ideas we’ve had over the past several years, including Starting Strength, and he likes Guinness.” – Mark Rippetoe
“Lon Kilgore, Mark Rippetoe and Tommy Suggs are the three I learned the most from, and continue to learn from. As far as the best single piece of advice, Lon Kilgore relayed something to me that Lyn Jones said once, that the single most important thing was to have a plan and believe in it, this is much more important than what the plan actually is.” – Glenn Pendlay
"Lon and Mark were way ahead of their time." – Bret Contreras
“Lon is a great man." – Mike Burgener (I am really humbled that Mike wrote this)
"I think that every CrossFitter should at least occasionally glance at the journal. That’s how I get to learn from the rock stars of CrossFit. Kelly Starrett, Greg Amundson, and Lon Kilgore are inspirations.” – Sean McBride
"He is an excellent writer. From his choice of subject matter to his ability to communicate scientific ideas to the lay person (me) I believe he is one of the Journal’s most prized assets." – Andrew Swartz
“Dr. Kilgore is one of the best in my opinion. Of course, being a Kansas State University A&P graduate doesn’t hurt, but he has a tremendous gift for breaking down the complex principles of kinesiology and anatomy & physiology into digestible pieces.” – Mike Hays
“The fact that he is asking questions makes him an great fitness writer in my book” – Chris Beardsley
Professor Kilgore currently writes and illustrates magazine articles, fitness instructional documents, books, and online courses for use as fitness industry continuing eduation and for further and higher education.