Strength Classes

Become the strongest version of yourself!
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Learn to Lift

Begin your strength journey now, at any age or ability.
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Learn to Lift

Begin your strength journey with us!

In our two session Lean to Lift package, you will learn the four major barbell lifts: the squat, the press, the bench press, and the deadlift. We will establish good form and help you begin a training program.

Let us prepare you to join a class, or begin your training independently.

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Strength Classes

Barbell training is the most successful when it it pursued with consistent coaching in the company of like minded people with the same goal: to get stronger!

Form errors and programming missteps can be avoided with guidance of your coach, and your training will benefit from the support of classmates and training partners who will cheer you to success.

Intended for individuals on their novice linear progression, our small group training offers you the chance to be coached every time you train.

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Personal Training

There is no substitute for one-on-one private coaching.

In personal training sessions, the coach can devote full attention to one person, giving a thorough critique of lifting technique.

The one-on-one nature of personal training sessions means ample time to answer technique, nutrition, and programming questions.

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Are you strong enough?

Strength is the most important physical attribute we possess. Strong people are healthier. They live longer, and can DO more.

Strength builds confidence. No longer will you wonder what your body is capable of: you will KNOW.

Strength gives you an edge. You’ll never be the last one up the hill, you’ll never be the first one to sit down.

Strength is useful, every day. Lifting groceries, moving furniture, carrying a child, practicing your sport.

What we do at Bay Strength is quite simple: we make you stronger.

About Bay Strength

Bay Strength is the coaching practice of Starting Strength Coaches Gwyn Brookes, Jeremy Tully, Katherine Bickford, and Kelly Bryant.

We coach clients of all backgrounds in barbell training.

Whether you want to be stronger for improved health and everyday life or for athletic performance, we are specially qualified to help you.

We offer coaching in Oakland and Alameda.

In Oakland, Gwyn, Jeremy, and Katherine coach clients out of Game Changer Fitness, an award winning gym in Temescal. The gym is located at 5427 Telegraph Ave., Unit W-1, just off Route 24.

In Alameda, Katherine and Kelly coach clients out of CorrectFit, located just off Route 880 and a few minutes from Fruitvale BART in East Oakland. The gym is located at 1726 Clement Ave.

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Katherine Bickford

Katherine Bickford

Starting Strength Coach

Katherine Bickford is a Starting Strength Coach in Oakland, California. After years as a competitive swimmer, and several years of a total lapse in physical activity, Katherine discovered strength training. When learning to squat, Katherine couldn’t stand up with her bodyweight! Since starting from zero, Katherine has coached many others to do the same, and has made barbell training a way of life. Katherine is also proud to be a member of the Starting Strength Online Coaching staff.

Gwyn Brookes

Gwyn Brookes

Starting Strength Coach

A former professional dancer, Gwyn holds a sandan (3rd degree black belt) in Danzan Ryu Jujutsu and Toyama Ryu Battodo and a yondan (4th degree) in Aikido. In 2008, Gwyn found Starting Strength and realized that getting stronger was the most effective way to continue to do what she loves. She especially loves coaching older adults and helping them regain function in their daily lives.

Kelly Bryant

Kelly Bryant

Starting Strength Coach

Kelly Bryant is a Starting Strength Coach who firmly believes that strength training leads to a healthier and happier life. Her mission is to support her clients to become their strongest selves! Kelly’s clients range from trained athletes looking to improve their performances, to older adults looking to improve their health. Prior to coaching, Kelly worked as a horse trainer and riding coach, and as a youth counselor.

Jeremy Tully

Jeremy Tully

Starting Strength Coach

Jeremy has been training and coaching others in the barbell lifts for several years, and was certified as a Starting Strength Coach in 2015. A teacher by nature, Jeremy especially loves introducing people to the lifts for the first time. Please contact me if you are interested in starting your strength journey, and I will be happy to consult with you.

Our Mission


We believe that every person can be a strength athlete.

Seniors come to us to maintain their longevity. Women gain new empowerment and physical purpose through strength. Parents are more able to keep up with growing children. Queer and trans people find an environment that is affirming, safe, and welcoming. People of all sizes discover new confidence in their bodies without diet culture.


We are proud of how strong we ALL are.

Barbell Training: The best strength builder

There are many tools and training methods you can use to increase your strength, but none matches the barbell.

Barbell exercises place the entire human body under a load, creating a training stress and adaptation that is without rival.

There is no machine exercise that can match the strength training impact of the barbell back squat.

And the barbell is for everyone. It can be loaded at very light weights, so that everyone can start training with a resistance they can handle, and then be increased in appropriate increments.

Starting Strength

Starting Strength is a comprehensive approach to using barbell training to dramatically improve one’s strength.

The book of the same name is widely recognized as the authority on the barbell lifts, is the #1 selling book on sports training on Amazon, and has been written about by the New York Times.

By using a few whole body movement patterns and gradually increasing the resistance involved, barbell training strengthens the entire human body. Not only does the trainee gain increased muscle mass and strength; bones become thicker and less brittle, flexibility improves, the heart becomes stronger, and all athletic attributes are improved.

The lifting techniques elaborated in Starting Strength are based on mechanics and human anatomy and physiology. And the linear progression of the program means that compared to any other training approach, you will make the greatest possible strength gains in the least amount of time.

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Gwyn is an awesome coach: kind and supportive, but also rigorous about correct form. She is knowledgeable and enthusiastic, and has a plan in mind for both coaching sessions and the ones on my own. I look forward to going to the gym - and cannot believe I'm saying that!

I wish I had known about weight-lifting years ago. I never thought it applied to someone like me. So wrong. Just doing things around the house is easier. Lifting airplane luggage into the overhead compartment - magically lighter. General body wellbeing better. Thanks, Gwyn! Helen

Kelly is an awesome trainer!

I have had roughly 2 months of training with her (twice-a-week), and I already feel stronger and healthier. She is really passionate about what she does, which makes her a ton of fun to work with.

Kelly is highly knowledgeable about aspects of health outside of exercise: we often talk about diet, and she's helped me be more aware of my eating choices. She also recommends great books and apps that have really helped me be a healthier person too.

I never used to look forward to going to the gym, until I started training with Kelly! Esha

I came to Katherine as a brand new lifter looking to improve my overall fitness in preparation for a 2,500 mile off-road motorcycle race.

She's super encouraging, and truly excited about lifting! I really appreciate her ability to demystify entire strength training experience--from how the mechanics of individual lifts work to gym culture.

I'm amazed at how I've not only gotten significantly stronger in the few months I've been working with her, but my stamina has improved dramatically as well. I am so thrilled to have her in my corner! Risa

I drove just shy of 100 miles to meet Jeremy for a personal training session. It was well worth the time and money. He was able to notice and correct my form flaws, and provide correction in a way that helped immediately.

Jeremy is very professional, he knows his craft and is capable of teaching in a way that even I could grasp. He is personable, sincere and really wants to make you better. He never once made me feel rushed for time, he wanted me to leave with the confidence that I knew the lifts properly. Brendan