About us

"As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another." 
- Proverbs 27:17

Meet the Owner...

Nick Koldewey

Nick is an avid lifter and has been experimenting with weights since he was 13 years old. That’s when he started playing rugby, and he wanted to get bigger and stronger to dominate on the pitch. Since then he has used a variety of training methods, but none more effective than Starting Strength.

Nick attended Radford University in Southwest Virginia where he earned a B.S. in Philosophy. After university, Nick was commissioned into the U.S. Army as an infantry officer. During his four years of military service, he attended many training schools, including Ranger School, and deployed to Afghanistan. After the military, he moved back to his home state, Virginia, and worked as a Police Officer for two years.

In addition to working with clients at Blue Ridge Barbell, Nick works as a Staff Coach for Barbell Logic Online Coaching (BLOC). If you can’t find him in the gym, you will find him on shooting range, practicing Jiu-Jitsu, coaching a local rugby team, and spending time with his wife and daughter. Nick has a passion for teaching people how to become their best selves through strength training. He holds Professional Barbell Coach Certification (PBC), and a Personal Trainer Certification from the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA-PT). Nick specializes in working with the military, law enforcement officers, first responders, and security personnel.