August Client of the Month: Dylan Kurp

August Client of the Month: Dylan Kurp

This month’s client of the month is a long time client of StrongerYou. Dylan has been working with us for just about 2 years now and has made one of the most drastic weight GAIN transformations that I’ve seen in my clients to date. He is a prime example of trusting in the process and reaping the rewards. I still remember one of our first training sessions where I asked him to squat the empty barbell (45lbs) and he was unable to do it for even one repetition… Fast forward to nowadays and he has a personal best squat of 195lbs! Quite the improvement. Dylan has also gained a considerable amount of muscle – roughly 35 lbs of it over the last couple of years all from good diet and strength training. “I’ve been working with Matt Taylor for close to two years now and his guidance and wealth of knowledge have been key to me achieving my personal fitness goals.  Prior to working with Matt I was struggling to gain any weight or strength.  He got me started on a program where I went from being unable to squat a bar to being able to squat over my own body weight.  I had done other workouts prior to training with Matt, but his was the one that got me out of my slump and propelled me towards actually getting results.  It’s been a lot of work but it’s been worth it!” Looking forwards to keeping the gain train going, Dylan! Enjoy your new SYPT merch and here’s to even more strength and muscle gains in the years to...
Not Every Workout is a Bootcamp

Not Every Workout is a Bootcamp

From the outside, personal training can seem like a very hardcore, high energy undertaking to many prospective clients. In many ways, it is. One very common misconception is that all workouts are this bootcamp, “kick your butt into shape”, circuit style of training, regardless of the client’s goals. This is definitely not the case. Often times, the KISS (keep it simple, silly) approach works extremely well for building strength, toning, and building task-specific performance. First off, I’d like to clarify that my goal here is not to discredit boot camps. Due to the high intensity and aerobic focused nature of these programs, they can be a great general workout to get the best results on top of your regular training especially if your goals are primarily fat/weight loss oriented. That being said, when the goal is to optimize one’s training to ensure the best results, large group fitness classes are not always the best option for muscle gain, injury rehabilitation, and task specific work such as hiking, or competitive sports. When going to the gym for the first time, it can be a daunting task; there’s loud music, an enormous amount of options for exercises, sets, reps, and workout programs – not to mention the form on all of these exercises (for a more detailed guide on how to figure out where to start, check out our article on starting out with going to the gym). As such, one of the best ways to go about beginning training is to determine your weakest link and build from there, with the exercise selection being based on the goal of the...