Holly Myers

profilephoto01-001370000076XR4AAMHolly coaches current & aspiring StrongFirst instructors to hone their skills, strengthen their weaknesses, & to enjoy the process of reaching their goals. She helps her students feel well-prepared & excited for StrongFirst certifications & challenges. Reach out for online coaching &/or lessons in Portland, OR! Follow her @liftwithhollyandarryn and @hollybeingjolly on Insta!

Holly strives to embody strength and empowerment so she can inspire the same within others. She's been practicing with kettlebells since 2014, and became an SFG in 2016 - smiling through the last 20 reps of her snatch test! Her favorite lifts include (preferably heavy ;) ) snatches & one-arm swings, bent press, pull-ups, & pistols.

She earned her Iron Maiden in February 2018, and completed Sinister a few months later. Outside of training you'll find her photographing still lives & friends on film, baking cookies, dancing, and laughing easily.


Assistant at StrongFirst Certifications / Courses:
SFG1 in Philadelphia, PA
SFL in Seattle, WA, Oakland, CA, & San Jose, Costa Rica
SFG2 in San Diego, CA & Philadelphia, PA
Kettlebell User Course, Portland, OR

StrongFirst Bodyweight Instructor (2018)
StrongFirst Barbell Instructor (2017)
Strong Endurance by StrongFirst (2017)
StrongFirst Level 1 (2016) & Level 2 Kettlebell Instructor (2017)
FMS Level 1 Certification (2016, 2018)
Agatsu Kettlebell Instructor Level 1 (2015)
NASM Certified Personal Trainer (2014 - Present)
CPR / AED Certified (2014 - Present)
BA Visual Art, Bennington College, Bennington, VT (2012)
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Having recently moved to Portland, OR, I was looking for a great coach after having worked with another great Strong First coach, Tom Liang, in NYC for many years. He connected me with Holly & I couldn't be happier! She does a great job of meeting you where you are in your training plan and pushing you towards your goals. Technical form and remaining injury-free are important to me and they are on the top of her list of "to-do's" as well. I highly recommend her.

I have been training with Holly and Arryn since October of 2018. My experience has been nothing short of awesome. I had it set in my head that I wanted the SFB Certification but had no idea where to start and I knew I needed some guidance. Luckily for me, these two had just gone live with their online coaching platform. I couldn’t ask for more in my coaches than these two provide. They are patient when I have a million questions. Even more so when I have an injury or if I am being gun shy because of one. They have an extensive knowledge of all modalities that StrongFirst offers and are willing to have fun with you along the way. They take pride in how they teach, provide valuable feedback and cues that make a difference in your performance, and are your personal cheerleaders always. I am truly grateful for Holly & Arryn on my strength journey and I am excited for what’s to come!

I've been working with Holly on my nutrition and exercise during a very difficult time in my life. Holly has been incredibly patient and kind - helping me work through my struggles.

Kirk J Southworth
I recently received my SFG1 in March of 2019, and may I say what a great Feeling! This is Due to the excellent coaching of Holly and Arryn online and in person. They were able to see where I was at in my kettlebell technique. Then get me to where I needed to be to pass my SFG1 the first time thru. They have built confidence with in me, and I can't wait to work with them on my SFG2.

Gail Pasternack
I am not a current or aspiring StrongFirst instructor, just someone who wants to increase my strength and maintain it as I age. I have been working with Holly for two years, and I couldn't recommend her more. Her focus is on technique and working with the individual needs of each student. She understands both my strengths and weaknesses, so her workouts are exactly what I need. And her enthusiasm is infectious, which makes working with her so much fun.

I worked with Holly and Arryn Grogan on the 1/3 BW military press to complete my SFG2 certification. In just 6.5 weeks from my first online training session they worked their magic and I passed! Their model is simple yet effective. They make constant communication, specific feedback, and accountability fun. Holly and Arryn have pushed me to train with more load than I ever thought I could, and have surprised me with what I can accomplish. I have seriously developed as a student of strength through their guidance. I highly recommend training with these special individuals - what you will achieve might shock you! Thanks!

Alex Kelsey
I bet Holly while we were both working out of Industrial Strength Gym, and from the first moment that she stepped into the room and "did her thing" I knew that I had never seen someone more technically sound than her when it came to her craft! She is strong as all hell, emphasizes the importance of form over anything, and is a byproduct of consistency and her training methods. Holly and Arryn together have created an unbeatable team - I couldn't have better things to say about them as both coaches and people. I'm crazy lucky to have them as coaches!

Hallie Tobias
I started working with Holly in September 2018 to prep for my SFG1 in February 2019 and I continue to train with Holly today both in person and some online training. The technique, strength, and skills I've gained since have been invaluable and I went into my SFG1 weekend feeling confident and fully prepared - not only did I pass it but I received several compliments from the assistants and instructors! Holly's approach to training combines her knowledge and appreciation for movement quality with humility and fun. I feel so fortunate to be able to train with Holly for future StrongFirst certs and strength tests!

I worked with Holly after finding her and Arryn online through their amazing Instagram page ( @liftwithhollyandarryn). I was, what I considered, an avid kettlebeller but when I saw their form and technique I knew I was nowhere close to where I should be, so I contacted them. Being in Canada and them in the US and never doing any online training I was a bit hesitant, but once we started a personalized program I knew it was a perfect fit! They really helped me hone my technique and coached me through video review and video calls. Their personalities and eagerness to share their knowledge was awesome and I highly recommend them as coaches for anyone looking to sharpen their skills or just to learn the Strongfirst method.

Amber Bowell
I’ve been working with Holly and Arryn for 5 months - present doing a combo of in home and online training. I’m not a health Instructor or gym rat but struggled getting my body back after pregnancy. This has been the best investment I have made for my health and my family! I can not recommend them or the program enough. They even come in my home while my twins are taking a nap! Now, who else can say their trainer has that kind of passion?

I’ve been working with Holly for 2 months via online training to prepare for SFGII. I am absolutely floored by the progress I’ve made in such a short amount of time. The coaching cues and positivity have kept me so motivated, I have yet to miss a workout! I feel strong and empowered every time. I’m super grateful for the focus and look forward to continuing to progress with Holly!

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