Megan Gallagher (Megsquats):
Certifications: ISSA Certified Trainer, USAPL Club Coach, Safe Sport Certified
After playing basketball and running cross country at the collegiate level, Meg eventually found crossfit and strength training. The competitive spark of crossfit ignited an interest to lead her to compete in crossfit, bodybuilding, weightlifting, strongman, and powerlifting. Meg has gone on to compete in powerlifting at the Arnold Pro Raw Challenge, USAPL Nationals 2015-2017, and has been invited to participate in lifting exhibitions and seminars throughout the United States.

Her most recent performance at the 2017 USAPL Nationals resulted in a 9/9 performance, hitting 137.5kg (303lb) squat, 77.5kg (171lb) bench, 182.5kg (402lb) deadlift, and a 432 wilks score. 

Meg has successfully coached hundreds of powerlifters through either their first squat, first meet, or first national-level competition. Through her YouTube channel and professional passion for the sport of powerlifting, she has studied under and interviewed the strongest strength athletes in the world. Meg has spearheaded SSF's company mission of getting a barbell in every woman's hands, and is working to make barbell training approachable for the masses.

 

 

 

Ryan Espiritu:
Certifications: USAPL Club Coach, Safe Sport Certified
Growing up, Ryan competed in hockey, rugby, and track & field at the regional, national, and international levels. Despite enjoying a multi-sport approach to athletics, he narrowed his sights on snowboarding, where he competed in all disciplines, eventually specializing in racing Giant Slalom and Slalom events. Ryan's success included winning the 2012 USCSA National Championship title, as well as competing at the World Cup, Junior, and Senior World Championship levels, racing against the best snowboarders in the world (including Olympic champions). 

After completing his undergraduate degree, Ryan put his athletic ambitions on hold in order to chase his professional goals. He moved to Washington, D.C. to begin his career as an economist, where he worked as a policy analyst at the IMF and the World Bank, as well as completed his MSc in Applied Economics. While living in D.C. kept him off a snowboard, Ryan pivoted his passion for athletics and began training in the sport of weightlifting, where he competed as an 85kg lifter. It was through lifting in D.C. that Ryan would go on to meet Meg.

In 2015, Ryan and Meg moved to New York, where Ryan began a private sector role at Credit Suisse. After over a year of juggling demanding day jobs all the while building up their online business, the pair decided to commit 100% to their coaching pursuits full time, and haven’t looked back since.

Leveraging his analytical skillset and coaching background (having coached powerlifting and weightlifting since 2014), Ryan is in charge of infrastructure, programming, and operations at SSF. Ryan holds the role of lead platform coach at meets, has led dozens of lifters to PRs at competitions, and served as Head Coach to 2nd place winning USAPL Raw Nationals Men/Women’s Combined Team (SSF) in 2017. 2017 also marked the return of his competitive snowboarding, where Ryan ranked in the top 12 in the continent in both the North American Championships and Asian Winter Games, as well as top 45 at the 2017 World Snowboard Championships.