Diets, Training Plans

Robert Santana | MS, RD, CSCS
Specialties: Powerlifting

Robert Santana is a Registered Dietitian and Starting Strength Coach who coaches clients in the greater Phoenix area. For the past 17 years, Robert has developed and refined his knowledge, skills, and experiences through both higher education and practical experience. Robert holds both a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics and a Master of Science in Kinesiology. He has extensive experience as a teacher, nutrition coach, strength coach, and competitive lifter. He built upon his foundational knowledge by providing effective nutrition coaching in conjunction with teaching and coaching the barbell lifts through the application of the Starting Strength model to help clients achieve their performance and/or body composition goals. As a firm believer that one must experience that which he or she is coaching, he has served as his own “guinea pig” experimenting with various diets, training programs, and has competed in the sports of Strengthlifting and Powerlifting with plans to compete in Olympic Weightlifting. Robert has worked with a variety of clients both recreational and competitive CrossFitters, strengthlifters, and powerlifters as well as a wide range of clinical populations. Robert’s commitment to helping individuals to improve their quality of life by optimizing their nutritional status while getting stronger under the barbell. His commitment and passion is to help develop stronger and healthier human beings over the long haul.


  • MS – Kinesiology, Western Illinois University (2011)
  • RD – Registered Dietitian, Commission on Dietetic Registration (2010)
  • BS – Dietetics, Western Illinois University (2008)

Professional Certifications

  • USA Powerlifting – California State Referee (2016)
  • Starting Strength Coach – Starting Strength Coaches Association (2014)
  • Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist – National Strength & Conditioning Association (2012)
  • RD – Registered Dietitian, Commission on Dietetic Registration (2010)

Professional Experience

  • Weights & Plates, LLC – Owner/Head Coach (2015-Present)
  • Faculty Associate, School of Nutrition & Health Promotion, Arizona State University (2015-2019)
  • Consultant Dietitian, Jennifer Byrd RD & Associates (2011-2015)
  • Renal Dietitian, US Renal Care West Los Angeles (2011-2015)

Teaching Experience

  • Exercise Physiology/Physiological Foundations of Movement
  • Muscular Strength Instructional Competency
  • Advanced macronutrient metabolism
  • Energy balance and weight management
  • Medical Nutrition Therapy

Training Experience

  • Meet director for US Strengthlifting since 2016.
  • Competed in four US Strengthlifting competitions between 2014-2019, including 2019 US Strengthlifting Nationals
  • Competed in three USA Powerlifting (USAPL) competitions from 2016-2017
  • Completed Starting Strength linear progression in 2013 and have continued training and coaching the five basic barbell lifts thereafter.

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