#13 – A Prescription for STRENGTH with Dr. Jonathon Sullivan

The Starting Strength community is a goldmine of intellectual horsepower, and Jonathon Sullivan – or Sully as we know him – is one of the main reasons for that. Sully is an MD with over 25yrs experience in Emergency Medicine, a PhD who has studied the effects of brain ischemia, and a Starting Strength Coach who runs Greysteel Strength & Conditioning in Michigan. He is now primarily a barbell coach with a mission to help older people get stronger, get healthier, and age with grace and dignity.

Sully is also the principal author of The Barbell Prescription: Strength Training for Life After 40, a groundbreaking text on strength training for the Masters population. The Barbell Prescription outlines the vast (and completely preventable) problem of the Sick Aging Phenotype affecting millions people in their 40s, 50s, 60s, and beyond. The Sick Aging Phenotype is marked by obesity, metabolic syndrome, sarcopenia (loss of muscle mass), osteopenia (loss of bone density), dependence on lots of medications, Type II diabetes, and other problems. All of which are preventable by intelligent strength training, conditioning, and nutrition. We highly recommend reading this book – it’s the definitive text on aging and strength training.

Sully runs Greysteel Strength & Conditioning in Farmington, MI, a gym committed to helping seniors live stronger, healthier lives. He also runs a very informative and entertaining YouTube channel. You can check those out here:

Sully also coaches clients online for Starting Strength Online Coaching.


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