The Benefits of Tandem Training

The Benefits of Tandem Training

Gym time with a trainer is an excellent route in achieving your fitness-related goals. But for some, it can be intimidating and difficult to commit to. Tandem training is a first-rate option. This is due to a variety of reasons: a lower cost per person, increased motivation, the ability to try partner-required exercises, and a less intimidating start to your fitness journey. First off, a 2:1 trainee-to-trainer ratio allows your partner to sustain your motivation. They act as a “fitness sponsor” – holding you accountable. Let’s say one day you’re feeling run down after a long week at work –  considering skipping your workout (you can always come back on Monday and make up for it, right?).  You message your training partner and say you aren’t feeling well and want to skip. Since you would be unfairly leaving them to workout alone, they might tell you to suck it up. You’re in this together, after all. At some point down the line, you might run into the inverse scenario. This is why many programs use this approach with great success. Not only does tandem training increase program adherence and motivation, but it’s also an affordable option. In fact, training prices for 2:1 training sessions are (on average) 25% LESS expensive per person. This style of personal training also allows you to try new exercises – ones you wouldn’t be able to do in a 1-on-1 training setup. Exercises such as a seated partner medicine ball toss require 2 trainees and can be an effective (and fun) way to develop your core musculature. Last, but certainly not least, tandem training...
January Client of the Month: Andy Gibb

January Client of the Month: Andy Gibb

Our first Client of the Month for the New Year is Andy Gibb! He’s been working with us for nearly a year now and has made phenomenal progress. His hiking and mobilty have both improved greatly and he’s found a way to love his workouts even though he’s more of an outdoors kind of guy. “I’ve been working with Matt for 7 months now, with a goal of general strength and mobility improvements. Although I have no specific targets for strength or weight loss, I figure that a proactive approach to keeping fit will serve me better in the long run. And it’s nice to rediscover that being fit inspires me to stay fit. My initial skepticism of personal training was quickly dispelled by Matt’s calm approach, maintaining a steady routine and focusing on form to keep me making progress. And while I’d rather be outside hiking, backpacking, or snowshoeing, I’m surprised by how much I look forward to that hour in the gym each week, with its tangible feel-good factors of worked muscles and the sense of improvement over the previous session. It’s given me greater all-round strength, increased mobility, and improved balance, all of which help me to keep doing what I enjoy most- spending time in the backcountry. – Andy Gibb” It’s a pleasure to work with you, Andy. Looking forward to hearing all the cool hiking stories you have this year come hiking season! In the meantime, enjoy your new SYPT gear. Want to be featured as our next client of the month? Check out our personal training methods and take the first step towards...
October Client of the Month: Kristine Adams

October Client of the Month: Kristine Adams

Our client of the month for October is Kristine. She began with us while prepping for her first competition over a year ago and has PR’d in her total and each lift in pretty much each competition since then, including a medal finish in almost all of her competitions thus far. It’s such a pleasure to be able to take athletes in right from the start of their competitive career and help them realize their full physical potential. I started with Matt about 15 months ago. I was looking to do my first powerlifting meet. I met him through my friend Meghie so I decided to go with him. My initial total after my first meet was 695 (275/135/285) and now I have an 855 total (319/165/369). I liked that he told me straight up what to do and what not to do. For example, avoiding going for 1RM’s at the gym because they do not matter, therefore, I never max out at the gym which is why I’ve been injury free and I’ve been progressing well. I sometimes don’t like how serious it is but a coach is not there to be your friend or hold your hand. I am currently prepping for my 5th meet with him and will be making silent gains in my off season post-Centrals! – Kristine Kristine is an absolute beast and I have no doubt in my mind that she will one day squat 365+ and deadlift 400+ given enough time and hard training. Keep up the great work, Kristine! Watch out for her in the Open class at Centrals at the beginning...
7 Great Gym Habits Everybody Should Have

7 Great Gym Habits Everybody Should Have

Working out can be a great time especially given the right environment and people. It can help to improve everything from your health to your mood, and doesn’t have to be a complicated undertaking. Here are 7 tips and tricks to help improve your results and the experience for both you, and everyone else at the gym: Have a program: There are thousands of programs available on the web for all different goals. Pick your goal or what you want your workouts to focus on, and select a program from there. If you want your program to be more individualized so that you can be sure that you’re getting the best results possible, consider hiring a local trainer for a couple sessions so that they can custom write you a routine. Put away any equipment that you use: Ever been wandering around the gym and looking for a particular set of weights, only to find them after 5 minutes in a corner in the back of the gym? Make sure you aren’t part of this frustrating problem and re-rack your weights, wipe down any equipment you use, and generally just make sure the gym looks either the same or better than when you came in the first place. It will really help to improve the overall gym experience. Have a workout partner: There are many benefits to having somebody to work out with. Most notably: someone to keep you accountable and on track, a good source of encouragement, an extra set of eyes to see the things that you can’t feel (your back might round on a squat, for...
September Client of the Month: Meghie Smids

September Client of the Month: Meghie Smids

This month, our client of the month is a bit different that anyone we’ve celebrated in the past. Meghie is one of our online powerlifting clients whom we began coaching well over a year ago. When we began working together, Meghie was working towards her first powerlifting meet (competition) in Ontario and has since competed in 2 additional meets and gotten stronger across the board on each one! not to mention leaning out a bit for summer earlier this year! She is a pleasure to work with and always willing to go the extra mile when the going gets tough. I have been training with Matt for 16 months now. When I started out with him I had been training the powerlifting lifts seriously for about half a year and was already signed up for my first meet. He took my lifts and broke them down into easy to understand cues to help me improve my technique and the difference between my form now and when I started with him is night and day. My strength has also increased. Before I started training with Matt in April 2015 my maximum lifts were: 205 lb squat, 110 lb bench, and 245 lb deadlift. At my most recent meet in August 2016 my best attempts were: 253 lb squat, 143 lb bench, and 297 lb deadlift. Not only has the weight on the bar increased, but so has my self confidence and level of comfort being under the bar. It is a huge weight off my shoulders to have Matt on my side in helping me prepare for meets and knowing...