About the Author
Lon Kilgore is a faculty member at the University of the West of Scotland. He has also held faculty appointments at Midwestern State University, Kansas State University, Central Texas College, and Warnborough University. He graduated from Lincoln University with a Bachelor of Science in biology and earned a Ph.D. in Anatomy and Physiology from Kansas State University. He has competed in weightlifting to the national level since 1972 and coached his first athletes to national championship event medals in 1974. He has worked in-the-trenches as a coach or sports science consultant, with athletes from rank novices to professionals and the Olympic elite, and as a collegiate strength coach. His interest in developing better fitness professionals and in reducing the mass of exercise mythology has driven much of his academic and professional efforts. He was been a certifying instructor for USA Weightlifting for more than a decade and a frequent lecturer at events at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. His authorship, co-authorship, and illustration efforts include the new industry standards Starting Strength and Practical Programming, dozens of magazine columns framing the science of exercise for the average reader, and many research journal publications.