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Are you looking for a personal trainer to guide you to achieving your fitness goals?

In personal training sessions, the coach can devote 100% of his or her attention to you. The private nature of personal training means you will get the best results possible from your training.

A personal trainer focused on you


The one on one nature of personal training sessions means that the coach has ample time to answer any questions you may have, whether it is about technique, programming, or nutrition.


Is a personal trainer right for you?

Personal training is right for anyone who wants to get the most from their precious training time. An effective coach, with just a few sessions, can save trainees from months of trial and error in their training.

How much training do you need?

Lifters may opt for private coaching on a one-off or ongoing basis. One-off sessions are appropriate for lifters who wish to focus on one or two lifts in a session, paying special attention to all the little details of a lift.

Ongoing coaching is a good choice for individuals who want the hands-on guidance of a trained coach to ensure they maintain efficient and safe lifting technique as they add weight to the bar. It is also appropriate for individuals with special needs that require consistent coaching.

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About Bay Strength

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

We coach clients of all backgrounds on the basic barbell lifts. Whether you want to be stronger for improved health and everyday life or for athletic performance, we are specially qualified to help you.

We coach clients out of two locations.

In Oakland, we coach clients out of Game Changer Fitness, an award winning gym in Temescal in Oakland, California. The gym is located at 5427 Telegraph Ave., Unit W-1, just off Route 24. It is easily accessible to people throughout the Bay Area.

In Alameda, we coach clients out of CorrectFit, located just minutes from Route 880 and the Fruitvale in Oakland. CorrectFit is located at 1726 Clement Ave.

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!


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!


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!


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.